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

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Beth Hansen December 2, 2010 at 10:25 am

Yum! These looks SO good! I adore homemade caramels – soft and gooey and delicious!

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2 Jen @ BeantownBaker.com December 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm

These are on my list of treats to make this year.

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3 Jun December 3, 2010 at 7:38 am

That’s a lot of work, but from the picture i think all those effort worth it

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4 Kathryn December 3, 2010 at 10:02 am

Oh, yum. My family also makes homemade caramels every year for Christmas and it’s one of my favorite traditions. Love the idea to put fleur de sel on top!

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5 Brandi December 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm

OMG! These look awesome. I may have to show up on your doorstep…

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6 Jennifer December 3, 2010 at 7:06 pm

LOL…I only just recently discovered Battlestar Gallactica. Thank you Netflix streaming they have all episodes available!

These look fantastic. Thank you for the inspiration!

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7 Kerstin December 4, 2010 at 12:18 am

I love caramels and would definitely like to try making them at home some time- bookmarked :)

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8 Linda - Lost in Switzerland December 4, 2010 at 3:32 am

Oh wow! These look amazing! Will give them a go.
Thanks for all the great recipes!
xox

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9 Samara December 4, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I made one batch of these today, realized how amazing these are then proceeded to make another batch only doubled. I also used pink Himalayan sea salt because that’s what I had on hand. This are perfect. I can’t wait to try this recipe with other flavors.

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10 Nicole December 5, 2010 at 12:48 am

Unbelievable! I just made these and they are truly the best caramels I’ve ever had! I didn’t have quite enough heavy cream, so I had to supplement with 2% milk. Even my husband, who isn’t a big fan of caramel, LOVED these! I’m taking some to a Hanukkah Party tomorrow as a gift!

Thanks!

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11 Caitlin December 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

Love the picture- the caramel color of the wood in the background looks great with the caramels!
And you are right- I probably couldn’t eat just five…

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12 dena December 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I made some caramels this morning and used my trusty (circa 1996) recipe, but sprinkled the tops with salt (kosher salt, since I didn’t have any fleur de sel). My goodness, the salt contrasts quite nicely with the sweet caramel! Thank you for the post!

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13 Stanislav December 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm

I made this for my work holiday luncheon last week and everyone RAVED about it! So yummy! I love it.

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