One of our favorite things are the chocolate covered sea salt caramels from Costco. The other night I realized we did not have any in the pantry so thought I would try to make them myself. The best news was I had all the ingredients necessary, so not trip to the store was needed. For my first time making chocolate covered caramels they turned out pretty good. The caramel was a little soft so may need to boil a little longer next time. First get all your ingredients measured and ready to go. This helps as you really need to watch the caramel as it is boiling. I learned to make sure the pot is large enough.
The first sauce pan I used had caramel boiling over the top. And let me tell you, hot liquid caramel can make a bit of a mess!, and bring to 257 degrees. The caramel will be a light golden brown.Now pour the mixture into an 8×8 pan (9×9 will also work) lined with parchment paper. Also spray the paper with some Pam, to make sure the caramel does not stick.
-1 and 1/3 cups cream (light or heavy is okay; we used light)
-2 cups granulated sugar
-1/2 cup light corn syrup
-1/3 cup honey
-6 Tbsp. butter (salted or unsalted is okay)
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-3 tsp. sea salt, divided
-chocolate, for melting and coating the caramel
Line a 8″ square pan (a 9″ pan would be okay too) with foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. In a 2 or 3-quart sauce pan, bring the cream to a boil. Add all sugars (sugar, corn syrup, and honey) and return to a boil. Using a candy thermometer, cook until the mixture reaches 257 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring very frequently. Remove the pan from the heat, and add the butter, vanilla, and two teaspoons of the sea salt; mix well until all ingredients are incorporated. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and cool.