I made these Sea Salt Sprinkled Caramels a couple of years ago on a whim. We had sampled some at Costco and I knew I had to try to make them. Keep in mind, I had never made "candy" before on my own. I found this recipe and was really pleased with the result....buttery, chewy caramels covered in rich chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt. We have given them to friends and family at Christmas, but I think they would make a really sweet treat for Valentine's Day too.
If you didn't remove the caramels from the pan before refrigerating, you can put the block of caramel on a cutting board and cut the pieces apart using your previous lines as guides.
Place on wax paper to cool and sprinkle with sea salt.
Sea Salt Sprinkled Caramels
1 cup butter
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 (14 oz. ) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 bags chocolate chips ( milk or dark)
1 Tbsp. shortening
Grease an 8x8 inch glass pan (or 13x9 if you want smaller caramels). In heavy 4 quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the brown sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk. Stirring constantly, heat the mixture to between 242 to 248 degrees, or until a small amount of the mixture dropped into cold water forms a firm, but pliable ball. Remove from heat an stir in vanilla extract. Pour into prepared pan. When caramel has cooled and set, cut into 1 inch squares. Chill in refrigerator until firm. Melt chocolate and shortening together in top of a double boiler. Stir until smooth. Dip the caramels into the chocolate and place on wax paper to cool. Sprinkle with sea salt. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.