If there’s a more perfect holiday food gift than caramels, I don’t know what it is.
In less than an hour — and with no fancy ingredients or equipment (except for a candy thermometer)—you can churn out anywhere from 75 to 100 lush, creamy, mouthwatering candies. Individually wrapped and packed in a cute tin or cellophane bag, caramels are the perfect gift for friends, teachers, coaches – anybody!
I’ve rounded up a recipe that is sure to please everyone on your list – from the sweet and simple vanilla-lover, to the fan of bold and spicy flavors. Detailed instructions are included in each so you’re sure to achieve success every time!
Apple Cheesecake Caramels-
These unusual caramels sit atop a graham cracker base and are infused with sweetened ricotta cheese and bits of dried apples. Recipe courtesy of What Smells So Good?
Eggnog flavored caramels? A more perfect holiday pairing I can’t envision. Nor a more perfect gift to give. Recipe courtesy of Wonky Wonderful.
Apple Cider Vinegar Caramels-
Apple cider vinegar doesn’t flavor these caramels as much as it cuts through all that sweetness. Cinnamon adds a seasonal touch and a bit of heat, too. Recipe courtesy of Wonky Wonderful.
Toasted Almond Chocolate Caramels-
Bits of toasted almonds and bittersweet chocolate lend a decadent twist to traditional caramels – they look divine, don’t they? Get the recipe at Babble.
Sea Salt Caramels-
Got a salty-sweet tooth on your list? She will LOVE the flakes of sea salt atop these creamy caramels. The salt is a mellow, yet welcome, contrast to all that sweetness, and gives a barely perceptible crunch too. Get the recipe at Donuts, Dresses and Dirt
Spiced Pear Caramels-
Pear nectar and a dash of cinnamon pair up in these unusual caramels — perfect for holiday gift giving Recipe courtesy of Style Sweet Ca
Smoky Olive Oil Caramels-
Sweet, smoky, salty — these sophisticated caramels are all grown up. These would make for a lovely and unexpected dinner party dessert! Recipe courtesy of The Pig and Quill
Spicy Chocolate Caramels-
Filled with a generous dose of cinnamon and paprika, these chocolate caramels are NOT for the faint of heart. Recipe courtesy of The Pig and Quill