fleur de sel caramels

February 11th, 2010

My lovely friend Samantha of Maquette asked me to contribute a recipe for her week of Valentine’s inpsiration. I immediately thought of my favorite homemade caramels. They are perfectly decadent: buttery, sweet and chewy with a hint of sea salt to jazz things up. Make them for your favorite love or the one you’ve been trying to rope in and you’re sure to win them over with this recipe.

fleur de sel caramels
via gourmet
makes about 40 candies

1 cup heavy cream
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon fleur de sel*
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water

Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, then lightly oil parchment.
Bring cream, butter, and fleur de sel to a boil in a small saucepan, then remove from heat and set aside.
Boil sugar, corn syrup, and water in a 3- to 4-quart heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved (about 2 minutes). Boil, without stirring but gently swirling pan, until mixture is a light golden caramel, about 12-15 minutes. Watch carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Carefully stir in cream mixture (mixture will bubble up) and simmer, stirring frequently, until caramel registers 248°F on thermometer, 10 to 15 minutes.
Pour into baking pan and cool at least 2 hours. Cut into 1 or 2-inch pieces, then wrap each piece in a 4-inch square of wax paper, twisting 2 ends to close.

*If you don’t have fleur de sel, just use sea salt.

Comments: 14 Total

  1. sugar plum

    February 11, 2010 at 9:12 am


  2. Amy

    February 11, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Love the idea of making caramels, and I like your clear instructions, Kelly. I’m sure I’ve tried/done it before because I distinctly remember learning one piece of advice, experientially: If you have an electric stove, pick up the pan from the heat for a minute when the mixture begins to boil! Otherwise, it will boil over in spite of your best stirring efforts, because electric cools down so slowly.

    Or was that just me? :D

  3. Dana

    February 11, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I can be trusted with brownies in the house, but not with caramels. And homemade?? I can’t even imagine. Love how you wrapped these up! Terrific gift idea.

  4. DailyChef

    February 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Amazing. I love caramel. This is another dangerous recipe…I will have to work on my self-control!

  5. melina

    February 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Ohh, wonderful, wonderful! I made you caramels that you posted several months ago (i believe they were the same ones); this was the first time ever making caramels, and they turned out just lovely, thank you!

  6. Susan

    February 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Yum. These sound great! I need to start keeping my grocery list closer to the computer.

  7. Danielle

    February 14, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I have never made caramels but love the idea! I can’t wait to try out making them.

  8. dining tables

    February 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Simple yet made put of love candies! These are so delicious! I love caramels a lot.

  9. lydia

    February 16, 2010 at 3:34 am

    I can’t resist a caramel with a little sea-salt. I was vaguely toying with giving up sugar for lent, but these (and the pistachio macaroons in the last post) are just too joyous-looking to seriously contemplate it…

  10. samantha hahn

    February 16, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    you are the best kelly!

  11. Susan

    February 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I finally made these and, as usual when making candy, I overcooked them. Still edible, but not something I would want to show off. I’ll have to eat them all myself. And recalibrate my thermometer.
    If you ever inadvertently cook caramels rock hard, don’t throw them away! Break into pieces, microwave with some butter (maybe 2 T for every 1/2 C of candy) and pour over hot, popped corn. It tastes good and feels a lot better than throwing away all those ingredients.

  12. Janet

    February 28, 2010 at 2:13 am

    So excited to make these! yum!

  13. Tuesday Bassen

    May 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I made these and love them! I get requests for these, the lemon rolls, and brown butter cookies all of the time!

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