How to Make Sea Salt Caramel

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Sea salt and caramels have both been around for eons; pair these two favorite standbys to put a new spin on an old friend. Just as you use salt to enhance the flavor of a savory dish, it adds a new and refreshing element to a sweet treat.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • Candy thermometer
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. sea salt
  • Parchment paper
  • 4 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Mix sugar and heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until it begins to boil.

  • Pour in the corn syrup and continue to stir until the candy thermometer reads 230 degrees.

  • Stir in the vanilla and butter and continue stirring until the thermometer reaches 240 degrees.

  • Add 1 tsp. sea salt, stirring it into the caramel. Remove the saucepan from heat.

  • Pour the caramel into an 8-inch square pan lined with parchment paper and allow it to cool for 30 minutes.

  • Sprinkle the caramel with the remaining sea salt and let it continue to cool for an hour.

  • Turn the pan upside-down onto a cutting board lined with parchment paper. Tap the pan with an open palm until the caramel falls onto the cutting board.

  • Wipe a thin coat of vegetable oil onto the blade of a knife and cut the caramel into bite-sized pieces.

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