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Sea Salt Caramels - Sunday Favorite

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. Those caramels look scrumptious! I'd have to share them because I'm afraid I could take care of the entire pan by myself. :)

  2. Hi Sarah...

    Ohhh my gosh, your sea salt caramels look heavenly, my friend! Caramel is my favorite candy but I must admit that I've never tried my hand at making them! Your recipe sure sounds easy I would love to give it a try! Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week...what a sweet treat, my friend!

    I do apologize at being so late to get by for a visit. My Valentine weekend getaway has put me a bit behind with my blogging! Sure had fun though! wink! Thanks for joining in with the fun of Sunday Favorites and for your sweet note. You asked if I had found an ottoman...I did! Yeeehaw! Found one the perfect size in a thrift shop for just $5...but it needs recovered! Another project for another day...sigh! Thanks for asking though!

    Warmest wishes...
    Chari @Happy To Design

  3. OOO, I DO love a good caramel. I've never made them...never heard of making them with sea salt and can not WAIT to try this recipe.
    Thanks a million.
    xo bj

  4. Mmmm...salted caramels are just about my favorite sweet treat ever!!! Yours look divine!

  5. Oh yummy!
    Hey guess what! I have an award for you. You can check it out at Have a great day!


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