Sea Salted Caramels

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These salted caramels are melt in your mouth perfect!! Soft, chewy, and the sea salt adds a nice combination of salty and sweet which enhances the caramel flavor. I put my foot in this recipe if I do say so myself!!

IMG_2041Prep: 15 minutes. Cook: 15 minutes. Total: 30 minutes.

Yields: 35-40

What I learned: The C WORD IS BAD IN CANDY MAKING! When making caramels, it is important to do everything you can in order to prevent crystallization! Make sure not to let the sugar splash on the sides of the pan! So here is a fail-safe tip: once you have brought the water, corn syrup and sugar to a boil,  cover the pan and leave it for one minute. This traps steam and moisture in the pan and helps melt any sugar crystals that may have found their way up the sides of the pan.

Do not try this candy without a candy thermometer, timing and temperature are everything!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy cream or heavy whipping cream (36-40% butterfat content)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) light corn syrup
  • 1 cup (200 grams) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon course or flaked sea salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Lightly oil a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan then measure and cut a piece of parchment paper that will fit inside the pan and come up the sides by at least 1 inch. Next, lightly oil the parchment paper and place into the pan. Set the pan aside.IMG_2018
  2. Cut butter into 8 pieces then combine with heavy cream in a small microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes until hot and butter has melted. Set aside, this will be used later.IMG_2019 IMG_2021
  3. In a small saucepan combine the water and corn syrup. Then, add the sugar, but try your best not to splatter the sugar up the sides of the pan. Now, use a spoon to gently stir the sugar into the water and corn syrup, just moistening the sugar.
  4. Heat over medium heat until the sugar has come to a boil. Then, cover with a lid for 1 minute. This adds steam/moisture to the pan, so any sugar that may have stuck to the sides of the pan melts and falls back into the boiling sugar.
  5. Remove lid then attach a candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan. Then, cook sugar for 5 to 10 minutes, until the sugar reaches a temperature of 320 degrees F (160 degrees C). At this temperature, the sugar will take on a light amber color around the edges of the pan.IMG_2022 IMG_2023 IMG_2024
  6. The moment the sugar reaches 320 degrees F (160 degrees C), carefully pour about a sixth of the butter and cream mixture then stir, using the base of the candy thermometer to incorporate it. Repeat with the remaining cream and butter (adding a sixth of it at a time then stirring). The sugar will bubble violently as you add the butter and cream – so do this carefully and slowly to prevent the mixture from bubbling over the sides of the saucepan. By adding the cream and butter, the temperature will drop. Now, continue cooking for another 5 to 10 minutes, until the caramel reaches a temperature of 240 degrees F (115 degrees C). This will create a soft caramel, if you want slightly harder caramels, bring the temperature closer to 245 degrees F (118 degrees C).IMG_2025 IMG_2026 IMG_2027 IMG_2032 IMG_2033 IMG_2034
  7. The moment the caramel reaches your desired temperature, pour into the prepared loaf pan. Cool 20 to 30 minutes then scatter the salt over the caramel. Then, let the caramel cool 3 1/2 hours.
  8. Unmold the caramel. If the caramel is too soft to work with, place into the refrigerator 30 to 45 minutes to firm up. Then, use a large sharp knife to cut into your desired shape. I like to cut into 1-inch by 1/2-inch rectangles.IMG_2036 IMG_2037 IMG_2038 IMG_2040

You can wrap the caramels in a plastic wrap or waxed paper and eat it immediately or refrigerate or freeze for later! Enjoy! Don’t forget to “like” my Facebook page, share and subscribe! 🙂

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