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Salted Chewy Caramels are easy to make little bites of sweet vanilla comfort. Buttery and soft - great for wrapping individually or using in recipes!

Easy Salted Chewy Caramels Recipe

Salted Chewy Caramels are easy to make little bites of sweet vanilla comfort. Buttery and soft – great for wrapping individually or using in recipes!

 

Salted Chewy Caramels are easy to make little bites of sweet vanilla comfort. Buttery and soft - great for wrapping individually or using in recipes!

If you have been looking for an easy caramel recipe, you have found it here. These are little pieces of buttery soft, chewy candy that will melt in your mouth. You can eat them right away or wrap each piece individually in wax paper for enjoy later. They are also great for holiday gift-giving. Pack them into a tin or mason jar and tie with a bow.

I have been making these for years, but this is the first time I have salted the tops.  Now, I’m totally hooked. The combination of biting into a sweet caramel, then feeling the scrape of the salt is pure magic. Don’t worry, the salt does not overpower or make the candy “salty”. It just adds another layer to flavor for your taste buds to sort out.

 

 

 

This recipe is extremely easy. All of the ingredients go into one saucepan and then get poured into a pan and allowed to cool. The hardest thing about making these chewy caramels is standing at the stove and stirring the entire time.

Making caramels at home can seem complicated, but it is all in the recipe. Some recipes call for granulated white sugar and cream, which can lead to the sugar crystallizing and the cream burning or boiling over. This recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk, so the sugar and milk have already been processed together perfectly so you don’t have to.  And the brown sugar  makes the caramels extra rich and chewy. Who can argue with that?

 

 

 

salted chewy caramel ingredients in a saucepan

To start, put all of the ingredients except the vanilla and sea salt into a medium-sized saucepan. I like to use a heavy pot with a thick bottom to stabilize the pot while stirring and provide even heat.

 

salted chewy caramels boiling with a candy thermometer

Bring the caramel mixture to a temperature of 234 -240 degrees F on a candy thermometer. The caramel is done at the soft-ball stage.

WHAT IS THE SOFT BALL STAGE?

When making caramels, fudge and pralines, the mixture is done when it reaches the Soft Ball Stage. This is when the sugar mixture dropped into cold water will form a soft, flexible ball. If you remove the ball from the water, it will flatten like a pancake after a few moments in your hand.

 

Easy Salted Caramels mixture being poured into glass pan to harden.

See what is missing in this photo? The parchment lining for the pan. I ran out after I started the recipe. You know…stuff happens. I was still able to get the caramels out of the pan, it just wasn’t easy. Lesson learned….check your supplies before you start!

If I am not going to wrap the pieces individually, I cut the pieces a little larger to make them easier to handle. Anyway, that is the excuse I use. Regardless of how you cut them, store the caramels in a tightly covered container or zip lock bag. If not wrapped individually,  put pieces of wax paper between the layers to keep them from sticking together. Store in the pantry for 2 weeks, refrigerator for a month or freezer for up to 3 months.

 

Salted Chewy Caramels are easy to make little bites of sweet vanilla comfort. Buttery and soft - great for wrapping individually or using in recipes!

 

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Salted Chewy Caramels are easy to make little bites of sweet vanilla comfort. Buttery and soft - great for wrapping individually or using in recipes!

Salted Chewy Caramels

  • Author: Christine
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 2-inch pieces 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Salted Chewy Caramels are easy to make little bites of sweet vanilla comfort. Buttery and soft – great for wrapping individually or using in recipes!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Grease  a 9 x 7 or similar size pan. Line with parchment, then grease again, to easily remove the cooled caramel. Leave an overhang of paper on the side to act as handles.
  2. Add all of the ingredients except the vanilla and sea salt to a medium heavy saucepan.
  3. Slowly bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until a candy thermometer reaches 234 -240 degrees F. This will take about 10 – 15 minutes. large bubbles will form at the edges of the pot.
  4. Cook, still stirring constantly for 2 minutes at 234 -240 degrees F.
  5. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the vanilla.
  6. Pour into the prepared pan and allow to cool and firm up. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  7. Cut into bite size pieces and wrap in wax paper.

Notes

Chilling the caramel will make it easier to cut. Place the pan in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, remove the caramel using parchment handles. Use a sharp knife to cut into pieces.

If using this caramel for another recipe, omit the final sea salt step.

Keywords: caramel, chewy caramel, salted caramel, candy, dessert