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Sea Salt Caramels

Deep breath - I'm about to share one of my MOST FAVORITE recipes EVER!  It's very addicting and I don't mean that lightly.  Once made, this barely lasts a full day around here.  It's just something about the sea salt, sugar, and cream. 

A little background -

So there I Whole Foods...staring at all of the caramels in the sweets display case.  It happened to be my birthday so I bought a few chocolate covered sea salt caramels.  They didn't make it to the car.  It's a long way home from Whole Foods - I kept wanting more caramels to magically appear in my empty bag.  So, I thought there HAS to be a way to make caramels at home.  After some research (and some recipes that just don't cut it), I found this to be the

Fleur de Sel Caramels
1 C heavy cream
5 T unsalted butter
1 tsp coarse sea salt (plus 1 T for the final step)
1 1/2 C sugar
1/4 C light corn syrup
1/4 C water

Line 9x13" baking pan with parchment paper (you could also use an 8x8" pan - I like my caramels on the thin side so I use a larger pan.), then lightly oil parchment.  Bring cream, butter, and salt to a boil in a small saucepan, then remove from heat and set aside.

Boil sugar, corn syrup, and water in a 3-4 quart heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. 

Boil without stirring but gently swirling pan, until mixture is a light golden caramel.

In the next few pictures, you'll see how the color changes from an off-white to a golden brown.

Carefully stir in cream mixture (mixture will bubble up)

and simmer, stirring frequently, until caramel registers 248 F on thermometer
(about 10-15 minutes). 

Pour into baking pan.  

This is where I add my own touch. 
Just before the caramel is set, 
I sprinkle the caramel with more coarse sea salt.

Chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. 
Lift the caramel from the pan
with the parchment paper
and place it on a flat surface. 
Cut into 1" squares with a pizza cutter. 

Chill caramels for another 90 minutes and enjoy!

2015 Update:  I've probably made these caramels at least 100x now.  They've become a family favorite - especially at Christmas time.  After making them so.many.times., I've found an awesome tool for making the caramel making process even smoother.  Better than lining my pan with parchment is Reynold's Pan Lining Paper.  It's parchment on one side and foil on the other side so it molds to the pan and stays put while pouring hot caramel.  It's a fantastic invention!  Here's a picture of what I use.  


  1. Wow, I can see that this would be a yummy recipe. I am not sure if it would last very long in our sugar-loving household.

    Hope your weekend has been fun.

    Best wishes,

  2. Wow! That looks yummy. :) I love Whole Food so much, but don't think I have ever seen the caramels you are talking about. Of course, now that you've shared this recipe- - I'll have to try it out! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Do you know what I thought of when I read this "I can actually hear you getting fatter" from Tommy Boy ( Cause I know you are my Chris Farly person ) and because if I made these I would weigh 300 lbs!!! haha So glad to be able to read your bog again.

  4. Oh my, these look so good. I would eat the whole batch by myself. LOL MMMMMmmm! Thanks for sharing. Putting the ingredients on my next grocery list.

  5. I am ABSOLUTELY going to make this. I adore caramels of every kind. But my all time favorite is sea salt caramels!!! Thank you so much!

  6. I'll have to give it a try, looks so yummy!

  7. I have the same problem when I leave whole foods! Your recipe looks amazing, I can't wait to try it.


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