Salted Honey Caramels in Chocolate

October 27, 2011


Author Notes: Every year around the holidays, our home becomes candy central. We make truffles, chocolate bars, dipped fruits, peppermint bark and more -- all of which gets sent off to our friends and family. By far the most popular item we make is the chocolate-covered salted caramels which we make with local honey. The honey imparts an amazing floral flavor that you’ll never get with the corn syrup variety of caramels. With this recipe, ingredient quality is especially important. The honey, of course, has to be very flavorful, but the butter, cream and chocolate all have equal starring roles, too. Even the sea salt gets a chance to shine!vrunka

Makes: 48-60 caramels

Ingredients

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces salted butter, cut in cubes
  • 16 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • sea salt
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, add sugar and honey and stir to combine. Set on the stove on medium heat and warm slowly until the sugar and honey have melted and have turned a deep golden brown. Stir as minimally as possibly.
  2. In a separate, small sauce pan, bring the cream to a simmer.
  3. Once all the sugar in the large pot is melted and you have a nice rich, golden brown, start whisking in cubes of butter, one at a time. Once all the butter is incorporated, whisk in the cream and stir until smooth.
  4. Continue to heat the mixture to 265 degrees. The temperature creeps up very, very slowly in the beginning and then starts moving faster the hotter it gets so be sure to watch it extra carefully once the temperature gets above, say, 240-250 degrees.
  5. While the mixture is heating, prepare a 11x7 cake pan. Line it with parchment paper, making sure that the sides are covered. Try to make the corners as crisp as possible so you won’t lose any caramel in the folds.
  6. Once the caramel mixture reaches 265 degrees, immediately pour all of the contents into the pan. Use a spatula to get the last remnants out of the pot. Allow to cool for at least a couple hours. Then turn the block of caramel out on a cutting board, remove the paper and cut into squares.
  7. Melt the chocolate for the covering. If you want perfect-looking, shiny chocolates, you may want to temper your chocolate. Excellent instructions on how to do so are here: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2005/08/tempering-choco/ But, trust me, these treats still taste wonderful even if your chocolate is dull. The easiest way to melt chocolate is to place it in a large (preferably glass) bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each time, until all the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  8. Dip the caramels in the chocolate and set on wax paper to cool. While the chocolate is still warm, sprinkle a few grains of sea salt over the top.

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Reviews (8) Questions (0)

8 Reviews

Amandadp November 16, 2012
I made these last weekend and they have been a hit with everyone that has tried them! I will definitely be making a few more batches over the holidays. This recipe looked a bit intimidating to me since I'm a novice candy maker but these are quite easy to make. Thanks for the great recipe!
 
Author Comment
vrunka November 18, 2012
So glad these turned out well for you! I'm looking forward to making our holiday batch soon!
 
PistachioDoughnut January 28, 2012
How do you decide the caramel is at 265 degrees, without a thermometer. Or should I buy one.
 
Author Comment
vrunka February 19, 2012
Hi Devangi -- you really need to have a thermometer in order to get the right temperature. Honey is especially finicky about hitting the exact right temperature so there's not much room for guessing. On the plus side, thermometers are pretty cheap and very handy!
 
boulangere October 28, 2011
LOVE the honey-salt combination!
 
TheWimpyVegetarian October 27, 2011
Oh my gosh I'm totally on these. Oh man. Heaven!
 
aargersi October 27, 2011
Caramel! Honey! Salt! These are going in my Christmas gift bags. YUM!
 
hardlikearmour October 27, 2011
These sound fabulous! I'll have to give them a try sometime.