Homemade Salted Caramels

It has been almost three years that homemade caramels have been on my kitchen bucket list.  Not only have caramels been on my kitchen bucket list, I have also promised to make them for my mom and dad.

Now since this was my first time making caramels, and really my first time making candy on my own.  The recipe I used is from Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa.  It is a pretty easy recipe, and really easy to follow.  It felt weird not adapting the recipe, and then sharing the adapted version.  BUT hubby said it is a FOOD blog, so no worries!

There is a restaurant/coffee house here in Charlotte, called Amelie’s, that serves a salted caramel brownie.  That salted caramel brownie is the most popular sweet treat at Amelie’s.  Anyone in Charlotte  social media will share their love for that little brownie.  Sooooooo, that being said, hubby has made a request now for some salted caramel brownies.  I believe I will have to for sure deliver on that request!

I love pecans and caramel together, so I had to add some chopped pecans to some of the caramels I made.  The pecan caramels are my favorite, I may have eaten WAY too many.  My next goal now, and will have to add it to my kitchen bucket list, pecan log.  My mom loves pecan logs, and I kinda love them too.  They look like they would be fun to make!

Homemade Salted Caramels

This recipe is word for word from Barefoot Contessa's website. Just follow the recipe exactly how she shares in the directions.

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Vegetable oil
11/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 cup heavy cream
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon fine fleur de sel, plus extra for sprinkling
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, then brush the paper lightly with oil, allowing the paper to drape over 2 sides.

In a deep saucepan (6 inches wide x 41/2 inches deep), combine 1/4 cup water, the sugar and corn syrup and bring them to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil until the mixture is a warm golden brown. Don’t stir – just swirl the pan to mix. Watch carefully, as it will burn quickly at the end!

In the meantime, in a small pan, bring the cream, butter, and 1 teaspoon of fleur de sel to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat and set aside.

When the sugar mixture is a warm golden color, turn off the heat and slowly add the cream mixture to the sugar mixture. Be careful - it will bubble up violently. Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon and cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, until the mixture reaches 248 degrees (firm ball) on a candy thermometer. Very carefully (it’s hot!) pour the caramel into the prepared pan and refrigerate for a few hours, until firm.

When the caramels are cold, pry the sheet from the pan onto a cutting board. Cut the sheet in half. Starting with a long side, roll one piece of the caramel up tightly into an 8-inch-long log. Repeat with the second piece. Sprinkle both logs with fleur de sel, trim the ends, and cut each log in 8 pieces. Cut glassine or parchment papers into 4 x 5-inch pieces and wrap each caramel individually, twisting the ends. Store in the refrigerator and serve the caramels chilled.


The only difference in the recipe, I used sea salt instead of Fleur de Sel.


Once the caramels are cooled in the refrigerator,  you can have fun with how you want to cut them up and present them.  Since I wanted to send some as a fun Christmas treat to one of my family members, I had fun wrapping several of the caramels.  I used a large pizza cutter, and cut thin strips, and then cut individual pieces to be wrapped.

I also spent some time cutting small squares of parchment for each piece of caramel.  It was a tedious project, but really fun and rewarding!

Over the next few weeks I will be making sweet treats for my family and my best friend for Christmas.  This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and I am pretty excited to finally take the time to share some treats with people I dearly love!

I am not very good at being crafty, but decided to decorate a jar with some Christmas love.  Then I filled each jar all the way to the top with individually wrapped caramels.  I have a lot of caramels left, because I actually tripled the recipe.  The original recipe is supposed to give you about 16 caramels….depending on how big you make each piece of course!

Have you ever made homemade caramel candies?

Are you making sweet treats to give away as gifts this Christmas?

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  • I've never made these but I'm dying to try. Pecans with this sound perfect!
  • Your caramels look incredible, Terra! I've never made my own but I do love them!
  • I didn't start making homemade caramels until this year and I have no idea why I waited so long! They're amazing. These look wonderful.
    • I agree, why did we wait so long, LOL! They are WAY too delicious, and fun to make:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Yum yum yuuuuuuuuum!!!!!
  • Juliana
    Looks beautiful your caramels...and perfect to give as gift. Have a great week!
    • Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Karen (Back Road Journal)
    I know your caramels will be very welcomed gifts. I love the combination of caramel and pecans.
    • I agree, caramel and pecans together pretty much rock! Thank you so much!!! Hugs, Terra
  • Did I see a jar there with my name on it? I've been a good girl this year Santa :) My first attempt to make caramels was a flop. I ended up with caramel sauce and was quite bummed until I figured out I'd could make chocolate covered caramel cheesecake bars http://thejoyofcaking.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/chocolate-covered-caramel-cheesecake-bars/. It was a great mistake - lol! Your caramels delish - I love sweet & salty together like this.
  • I hope you listen to your husband and fulfill his request... I would love to bite into that brownie! :)
  • oh my goodness! LOVE this!!
  • MY BF once told me I should have a bumper sticker on my car that says 'I break for salted caramels' after eating half a box from a friend. Yours look incredible and I love that you pressed nuts into some of them! *hugs*
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    I've been wanting to make caramel candies for a long time now. These look amazing!
  • Ilke
    I don't get into the candy making but I love eating them :) Glad you got to check one off your list! So , should we meet at Amelie's ? :))
    • Meeting at Amelie's sounds perfect to me!!! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • mjskit @ mjskitchen.com
    I really loved your first picture of caramels, then I scrolled down and saw the pecan caramels and got goosebumps. :) Caramels are my favorite even though my teeth don't like them, but still eat them when I can. A few years ago I taught a science in the kitchen class for some 10 year olds and one of the topics was the effect of temperature on a sugar/water mixture. We made caramel sauce, caramels and toffee. It was SO much fun! Love your caramel recipe! Now I need to go check out your cooking bucket list. That's a great idea!
  • Awesome job! Homemade caramels are one of my favorite things EVER!! Yours look so amazing...and the ones with nuts!? aaaagggghhhhh.....yum!
  • kitchenriffs
    These are on my list 'o stuff to make, too! Yours look terrific. And I have a big big of pecans in the freezer I need to do something with. Will this month be the month I make caramels? Who knows?! But you've certainly inspired me. ;-) Thanks so much.
  • I could eat these by the dozen actually :D Cheers Choc Chip Uru http//gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/
  • my they are fantastic! I really dare not to make those stuff as they are so delicious and addictive.
  • I always wanted to make my own caramel candy at home but I am such a nut with caramel, I always burn it or end up cursing the sticky stuff. Last time my spoon broke! lol your recipe looks fool proof to me and I might just try it out over the weekend. Thanks Terra for sharing this with us!
    • Hi Helene! For sure try this recipe, you will love it! I always messed up my caramel too, and was so excited to finally have success:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Suzanne
    Oh what a wonderful treat to get, caramel from scratch are the best. xoxox Suzanne
  • You are my hero! :D LOL... And ah, do these ship? (Hint, hint!) HUGS!