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8 Homemade Caramels – The “Perfect” Holiday Gift!

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!

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Image Source: What Smells So Good
Image Source: What Smells So Good

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?

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Image Source: Wonky Wonderful
Image Source: Wonky Wonderful

Eggnog Caramels-

Eggnog flavored caramels? A more perfect holiday pairing I can’t envision. Nor a more perfect gift to give. Recipe courtesy of Wonky Wonderful.

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Image Source: Wonky Wonderful
Image Source: 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.

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Image Source: Babble
Image Source: Babble

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.

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Image Source: Donuts, Dresses and Dirt
Image Source: Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

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

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Image Source: Style Sweet Ca
Image Source: Style Sweet Ca

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

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Image Source: The Pig and Quill
Image Source: The Pig and Quill

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

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Image Source: The Pig and Quill
Image Source: 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

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