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Easy Salted Chocolate Caramels
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Making soft, chewy, chocolate caramels, the kind you find in the expensive gourmet shops is much easier than you think! And you can make this heavenly sweet confection in less than an hour!

Course: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Caramels, Salted Chocolate Caramels
Servings: 104
Calories: 63 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
Ingredients
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup butter I use salted
  • 1 cup good quality semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • for sprinkling flaky sea salt
Instructions
For the prep:
  1. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and rub to coat (the bottom and the sides of the pan) with a paper towel. Line the pan with parchment paper with 2 sides of the paper extending over the long edges of the pan. Spray the parchment lightly with cooking spray. Set the pan aside on a hot pad or cooling rack.
For the caramels:
  1. Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk in a medium-size (3 quart) heavy gauge saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the butter, chocolate and vanilla. Stir well to combine. At this point attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Make sure the tip of the thermometer is not touching the bottom of the pot.
  3. Continue cooking, maintaining a steady boil and stirring every few minutes. (I like to keep my hand on the top of the candy thermometer when I stir so I don’t knock it out of the pot with my stirring.)
  4. When the temperature reaches 230˚F begin to stir the mixture continuously to ensure that it doesn’t burn.

  5. Continue to cook and stir until the candy thermometer reads 240˚F. Immediately remove from the heat and pour the the caramel mixture into the prepared pan. Smooth to an even layer.

To finish:
  1. Cool for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with the flaky sea salt.

  2. When fully cool, refrigerate the caramels for 10 minutes. (This will firm up the caramel a bit and make it easy to remove from the pan.)
  3. Use a small sharp knife to loosen caramels if needed from the short ends of the pan. Lift the caramel slab out of the pan and onto a cutting surface. Lift up the caramel and remove the parchment paper.

  4. Spray a long sharp knife lightly with cooking spray. Cut the caramels into squares or rectangles. Wrap with cellophane wrappers or cut parchment paper and twist the ends. (See the post for more details on cutting and wrapping.)
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips.

Recipe adapted from Sharing Thyme 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Salted Chocolate Caramels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 63 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 24mg1%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 66IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.