Homemade Caramel Candies

So I realize I’m a little late to the game with the salted caramel trend but hey I had to try it! This recipe is super easy. Although, you do need some special supplies, parchment paper and a candy thermometer. Other than that it’s delicious, easy and perfect for sharing at Christmas time. I took these addictive little bites to my girls night dinner this week and it was a huge hit!

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You’ ll need:
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 stick of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Sea salt for sprinkling

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Special supplies:
Parchment paper
Candy thermometer ( I got mine at bed bath and beyond)

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In a pot, combine sugar, honey and vanilla. Bring to a boil.

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In a separate pot, bring cup of heavy cream to a simmer.

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Honey, sugar and vanilla at a rolling boil.

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Slice the butter into little knobs and slowly add to honey mixture and melt.

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Whisk in knobs of butter.

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Once the butter is fully incorporated, whisk in the simmering cream.

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Creamy goodness.

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Bring this to a boil. This is where the thermometer comes in. Boil until the caramel reaches 240 degrees. This is very important. Be sure to keep stirring and don’t crank up the heat to high at first, you don’t want to burn it. Patience.

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 After it reaches 240 degrees, pour the caramel onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Let cool for 10 minutes.

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Then sprinkle with sea salt.

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Pretty.

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Let cool completely before slicing into bite size pieces.

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Cutting the caramel was tougher then I expected but no worries. It was delicious! A little sticky but delightful. Enjoy!!

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