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Utah Deal Diva: Helping Utah families live on less!: Holiday Baking: Homemade Caramels. Homemade Sea Salt Caramels. These are amazing caramels!

Homemade Sea Salt Caramels

When Caitlin and I were in San Francisco last month, we stopped in the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero. It was around 11:00 a.m. and, even though had lunch plans in an hour, we thought it would be fun to wander through the marketplace. We shared a sorbet from the Ciao Bella stand and then went across the hall to a small food store to find (something else) to hold me over until lunch. At the checkout stand, there was a tin bin, filled with several varieties of caramels. I can’t remember the different kinds, but I do know that we grabbed two or three to have “later.”

When we had gone to Santa Fe, I posted a cornbread recipe inspired by that trip. These caramels were really easy to make and turned out so well. Homemade sea salt caramels PREP TIME: Requires a few hours of cooling COOK TIME: 20 minutes YIELD: 16 to 20 Caramels 1. 2. Butter Caramels Recipe : Dark Salty Caramels Recipe : Alton Brown. Directions Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.

Dark Salty Caramels Recipe : Alton Brown

Charlotte's Caramels Recipe : Directions Spray bottom and sides of a 9 by 11-inch baking pan with vegetable oil or rub with 1 tablespoon butter.

Charlotte's Caramels Recipe :

In a small heavy saucepan, combine cream, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk. Set aside to warm later. In a large, heavy saucepan, combine corn syrup, sugar, water, and salt. Over high heat, cook until sugar is dissolved, about 6 to 8 minutes, brushing down sides of pan with a pastry brush dipped in water to remove any sugar crystals. Meanwhile, place cream and milk mixture over low heat and stir until warm. When sugar reaches 250 degrees F, stir in the warm cream and the pieces of butter. To cut into candies, coat a cutting board or marble slab generously with vegetable oil spray. Options: Add nuts to bottom of pan and pour caramel over nuts. Soft Chocolate Caramels Recipe :

Directions In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, stir the sugar and corn syrup together until the sugar is completely moistened.

Soft Chocolate Caramels Recipe :

Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat and cook, without stirring, until it turns a very light caramel color, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and very slowly pour the cream into the hot sugar (be careful-it will bubble up) and stir to combine. Return the mixture to medium-low heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer inserted in the pot reads 238 degrees F, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate and butter until smooth. How to Temper Chocolate: Chocolate is tempered so that after it has been melted, it retains its gloss and hardens again without becoming chalky and white (that happens when the molecules of fat separate and form on top of the chocolate). Another way to temper chocolate is called seeding. The classic way to temper chocolate is called tabliering. Golden Caramels Recipe : Directions Line bottom and sides of a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper; set aside.

Golden Caramels Recipe :

Split the vanilla bean in half with a small paring knife, and scrape out the seeds; discard the pod. Add the seeds to the cream in a 1 1/2 quart saucepan; scald the cream and keep the saucepan near the stove so that if the cream cools too much when needed, you can reheat it briefly. In a deep, heavy-bottomed 4-quart saucepan over low heat, blend the corn syrup and the sugar, stirring occasionally until the mixture becomes more fluid and most of the sugar appears dissolved.

Stop stirring, raise heat to medium-high, and gently boil until a candy thermometer registers 305 degrees F (hard crack stage), about 9 to 12 minutes. Add the butter and salt to the sugar mixture, stirring constantly. Let the candy stand about 3 minutes to allow bubbling to subside, then pour into the prepared pan without scraping the saucepan; allow to cool at least 5 hours.