Caramels, Fudge, Toffee…if it’s sweet and sticky, I will like it! I came across this recipe on Pinterest and since I love a bit of salt in sweet things it got my attention. The caramels were easy to make and they will melt in your mouth, although it did take a while to reach the right temperature. I didn’t have corn syrup or heavy cream so I changed the recipe a bit but they turned out just fine.
5 tbsp butter
1 cup cream
1/4 cup whiskey
1/2 bottle vanilla aroma for baking
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup dark syrup (you can also use light syrup)
1/4 cup water
sea salt for the top
Line a casserole dish or baking tin with parchment paper. It’s more easy if you put the paper under running water, fold into a ball and then squeeze the water out.
Put the butter, cream, whiskey, vanilla and salt in a pot and bring everything to boil while stirring. Take it off the heat afterwards.
Mix the syrup, sugar and water in a second pot and bring it to boil over medium heat. Don’t stir it. Let it boil a few minutes or if you use light syrup until the sugar turns golden. Take it off the heat and pour the cream/whiskey mixture into the sugar one. Make sure to stir carefully since it will bubble up! Put it back on medium heat and boil it until it reaches 120°C on a candy thermometer.
The original recipe said it would take around 10 minutes but I boiled it for ages! So, don’t give up, it will take a while. The mixture will get thicker and thicker like candy. To make sure it’s done you can also take out a small amount with a spoon and drop it into really cold water. If it’s firm enough to form a little ball the caramel is done. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and let it cool down for 10 minutes.
You can then sprinkle the caramels with a bit of salt. After cooling down completely you can cut them into pieces and eat them all at once! If they’re supposed to be a gift separate the pieces in a box or candy bag with little pieces of parchment paper and put them in the fridge until you give them away. Otherwise they will just melt together. Enjoy!