12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Sea Salt Caramels with Vanilla Bean

by Shawnda on December 2, 2010

in Candy,Christmas,Holiday Favorites

These are my husband’s absolute, hands-down, no-contest favorite Christmas goodie. They’re also my favorite non-chocolate Christmas goodie. And they’re absolutely delicious: bite-sized, rich, buttery caramels studded with pretty flecks of vanilla bean. They’re sweet, buttery, and salty all at the same time. And addicting. Betcha can’t eat just 5.

Every year, we make a few batches and drop a Foodie Groom-sized handful into everyone’s goodie bag. The upside is that everyone loves them. The downside is the wrapping process. 64 candies per batch. My husband cuts the squares, I wrap the candies. There are far worse chores to do (like the dishes!) but it’s still a bit tedious. May I suggest that you grab a glass of wine, or keep it G-rated with a mug of hot chocolate, and crank up the Christmas music? Or our interpretation: Battlestar Galactica Season 2. Sometimes I’m surprised that we don’t die of geek overdose around here :)

Get the recipe: Fleur de Sel Caramels with Vanilla Bean

The 12 Days of Homemade Christmas 2010
Swirly Chocolate-Peppermint Bark Fleur de Sel Caramels Chocolate Crackles Tahitian Vanilla Beans Peppermint Chunk Cookies Red, White, and Green Biscotti
Cranberry Pecan Bread Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Homemade Red Wine Vinegar Homemade Granola Homemade Marshmallows

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