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Homemade Butter Caramels with Pink Sea Salt Recipe

Updated on May 31, 2016
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Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" & "Taste of Home" magazines. She belongs to "Cook's Recipe Testers" for Cooks Illustrated.

Salted Butter Caramels
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Salted Caramel Recipes

Caramel is loved the world over, in all its many forms. In South America it is called manjar, cajeta or dulce de leche, which literally means "sweet of milk". Cooked to a spread-like consistency, it is then enjoyed on spread, spread between layers of cake or marbled through ice cream.

In North America, it is usually cooked to the firm ball stage and sliced into squares or poured over apples. In the past, old-school wisdom dictated the creation of pure, unadulterated caramels with the freshest of ingredients and no additional salt. This salted version, though, is so seductive it will do the tango with your tastebuds. And remember, these are not the commercial caramels that pull fillings from teeth. The soft texture means they truly do melt in the mouth.

My love of caramel stretches back to my childhood. One of my fondest memories is of my mother standing patiently at her stove, stirring the contents of a copper pot with her wooden spoon. I wait, feet bare on the linoleum floor as a sweet, buttery fragrance wafts provocatively across the room. Finally, after my mother shuffles around the kitchen for what seems like hours, she steps back with a sigh of contentment. Standing on my tiptoes, I peek over the counter and admire her latest creation: tiny, golden lumps of caramel lined up like a marching band at Halftime. Unfortunately, I am banished to my bedroom after abruptly stuffing a fistful of candies into my mouth, where they melt on my tongue like ice cream on a summer sidewalk.

I never forgot those butter caramels, and I never stopped begging my mother for more. At a young age I learned to appreciate the artisanal quality of homemade candy. Since then, I've frequented old-fashioned candy shops with their marble counter tops and rows of fudge, English toffees, caramels and chocolates, just waiting to be wrapped up in brown paper and twine. Usually, though, I devour my finds long before I reach the comfort of my home.

Although candy making may seem like the culinary equivalent of climbing Mount Everest, don't despair! With proper preparation and technique anyone can turn a pot of molten, lava-hot syrup into an impressive dessert or gift. Just set aside an afternoon or evening, pour a glass of wine and rely on the following step-by-step instructions as your guide. After successfully completing a couple of batches you, too, will become a candy-making expert and the talk of your family and friends.

Foolproof Tips for Perfect Candy

  • Before you begin, assemble the tools of your trade: a heat-proof spatula (we prefer Le Creuset's silicone spatula) or wooden spoon, an accurate candy thermometer, a bowl of ice water and oven mitts to safely handle the hot sugar syrup.
  • You can use 1 cup corn syrup, which will yield a firmer caramel, or a combination of 1/2 cup corn syrup plus 1/2 cup golden or rice syrup. You could also substitute 3/4 cup mild honey for the corn syrup, although it will result in a softer caramel.
  • Try evaporated milk instead of half of the cream, but be aware that fresh ingredients such as real cream yield the most delicious caramels.
  • If you decide to use salted butter, decrease kosher salt to 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Heat the caramel to 248 degrees Fahrenheit, or firm ball stage. For high altitude, subtract one degree for each increase of 500 feet above sea level. For example, if you live at 2,000 feet above sea level, heat candy to only 244 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If using a candy thermometer, test it in a cup of boiling water. It should read 212 degrees Fahrenheit. If not, adjust recipe accordingly. In my experience, thermometers are often inaccurate. Always use thermometers in conjunction with the ice water test described in tip 7.
  • Keep a bowl of ice water handy. When you think the candy has reached the firm ball stage, scoop up half a teaspoonful of caramel and plunge it into the ice water. It should firm up enough to hold its shape once removed from the water.
  • Be patient and don't rush the process. It's better to cook at a lower temperature even though the candy will take longer to reach the firm ball stage. You can't rescue burned candy. If you don't boil the caramel long enough and it doesn't firm up, you can always boil it again until it reaches firm ball, or use it as a sauce for ice cream.
  • Don't stir too much, only when necessary. Too much stirring will encourage sugar crystals to bind together.
  • Be very careful when handling syrup. It will be very hot! Wear long sleeves and use oven mitts to protect arms and hands while pouring candy into prepared pan.
  • Recruit a candy-making partner or turn on your favorite tunes, relax and enjoy the process!
  • Please don't use table salt in caramel making. The finishing salts listed in the "ingredients" section of this recipe each have their own special characteristics--including health benefits--and none of the bitter, metallic aftertaste of table salt.


4.8 stars from 33 ratings of Butter Caramels With Himalayan Pink Salt

Homemade Butter Caramels

Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
Yields: 50-70 caramels
good preparation is essential
good preparation is essential
milk/cream mixture
milk/cream mixture
golden brown caramel
golden brown caramel
Use a reliable candy thermometer...
Use a reliable candy thermometer...
...and the ice water test
...and the ice water test
chilled caramel
chilled caramel
forming caramel logs
forming caramel logs
slicing salted caramel
slicing salted caramel
wrap and twist
wrap and twist

Ingredients

  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup (please see tip #2, above, for substitutions)
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean, split and heated in milk
  • Himalayan pink salt, fleur de sel, Celtic or Maldon sea salt or other quality finishing salt

Instructions

  1. Line a 12x15 inch pan with parchment paper and lightly brush with oil. Do not substitute aluminum foil or wax paper for the parchment or the candy will stick. Alternatively, you could line the pan with a Silpat or silicone baking mat instead of the parchment.
  2. In a small pot bring the cream, butter and kosher salt (and vanilla bean, if using) to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off heat and set aside. Remove vanilla bean just before proceeding to step 4.
  3. In a very deep pot, combine sugar and syrup(s) and bring to boil over medium heat, swirling pot and boiling until mixture turns golden brown. Don't stir, except to scrape down the sides of the pot one time. Just swirl.
  4. When the sugar mixture turns golden brown, turn off heat and slowly add warm cream/butter mixture. It will bubble violently for a few seconds. Stir in the vanilla extract (if not using vanilla bean) with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon.
  5. Continue to boil over medium-low heat for 10-30 minutes, stirring only when necessary to keep candy from sticking to sides and bottom of pot, until mixture reaches 248 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer, or firm ball stage. (see tips #5 & 6, above)
  6. Carefully pour caramel into prepared pan. (see tip #9, above)
  7. Refrigerate caramel for 30 minutes to an hour, until firm but still warm. Do not allow it to cool completely or it will be difficult to slice.
  8. Turn caramel onto a cutting board and peel off parchment paper or Silpat.
  9. Heat knife over flame of a gas stove or coat with oil to make slicing easier.
  10. Cut in half the long way, then cut in half again so you have four long rectangles of caramel. You can either cut the caramel into squares or, if you prefer, starting with the long side, roll caramel into logs. Slice into chunks, then slice chunks in half again for smaller caramels.
  11. Sprinkle with salt, being careful not to salt the candies too much.
  12. Cut parchment or wax paper into 4x5 inch pieces and wrap each caramel individually, rolling them up in the paper and then twisting the ends. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container and serve caramels chilled with a cup of coffee. Can be stored for up to one month.

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Variations: Add chopped nuts to prepared pan for nut caramels. Dip caramel squares in chocolate. Or create your own caramel concoctions such as cardamom pistachio, espresso, coconut or orange. The sky's the limit! If making caramel apples, allow caramel to cool a bit and, while still pourable, dip the apples.

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    Kenneth Avery 3 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    Deee--lious. And I am serious.

    Love those tasty items, but I cannot eat that much, but

    life is short.

    If I am go, I might as well go happy.

    Great hubs!

    You might check some of my abstract/prose works.

    Stay in touch with me.

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    Pro Shell 2 years ago from Vereinigten Staaten

    Himalayan salt is something of a luxury item, but so is caramel!

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    How interesting pstraubie48! There´s nothing like caramel made with fresh ingredients. Enjoy!

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    Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

    This sounds very much like the recipe my Momma used when we were kids. It was so good. I have not had any in probably 50 years. I will line up some help and give this a try.

    Angels are on the way to you ps

    Shared and pinned Voted up up and away

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for your comment Patkay.

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    Patrick Kamau 2 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

    I am sure this hub will help many wannabes to prepare their own caramels. Thanks for the share.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Maggie.L, yes please let me know how the carameks turn out for you. They make thoughtful and delicious gifts.

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    Maggie.L 2 years ago from UK

    My teenage daughter is really into baking and cooking and we were looking for a recipe that she can use to make Christmas gifts. We have tried year after year to make tablet and it always goes wrong. These salted caramels would make an ideal gift for her aunties and friends so we are going to try this recipe this year. I'll let you know how we get on.

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    It's one of my favorite candies, Arachnea!

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    Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

    This looks simply marvelous! I'll have to make it sometime in the near future.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Trusouldj, caramels are also one of my favorites.

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    trusouldj 3 years ago from Indiana

    love caramel. these candies look tasty.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    lindacee, I am also a sugar junkie and very picky about the quality of my candy. I wouldn´t waste my time on the prepacked type, either. This is like a different confection all together...hope you can try it sometime. This is the perfect time of year for baking. Enjoy!

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    lindacee 3 years ago from Arizona

    OMG, can't believe I missed this tasty HOTD from almost a year ago! Belated congratulations! I am a sugar junkie, so this recipe is right up my alley. I'm so not a big fan of prepackaged caramels. I do like dulce de leche, but am very picky. This way I can make my own buttery caramel confection--and the addition of pink sea salt is a wonderful idea. Can't wait to try my hand at candy making! Thanks! :)

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    GetitScene, I think you made a great choice! Although homemade caramels take a little practice, they're better than any caramel you can buy. Enjoy!

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    Dale Anderson 3 years ago from The High Seas

    My wife just bought some Himalayan Pink Salt and we were looking for a special recipe to try it in. She loves sweets so I guess this is going to be our first attempt using this ingredient.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Loveofnight, you won't regret taking the time to make these homemade caramels. They're delicious!

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    loveofnight 3 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

    You have done an awesome job with this one, I love it and will be trying it soon.Thanks so much for the share.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Careermommy, butter caramels are also one of my favorites. These homemade butter caramels are way more delicious than anything I've ever purchased...there's just no comparison. I hope you can try them sometime!

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    Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    vespawoolf, I love butter caramels. These look so delicious. I didn't realize you had such an extensive cache of recipes. I'll have to visit your page again to read through them.

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    quester.ltd, homemade butter caramels make a wonderful and special treat for a loved one. Try it sometime!

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    quester.ltd 3 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful!!!!!

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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    I hope you can try these! They do require a little work and patience, but they are more than worth it. Be sure to just use a light sprinkling of salt, especially for the kids. They'll love the chewy and sweet candies.

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    Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

    I was looking for recipes for candy to make for Halloween. These look yummy. I've never used pink sea salt. It sounds like an interesting experiment. but these might be too good for the kids ;-)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    FlourishAnyway, you won't believe how much more delicious the homemade caramels are. They won't pull your fillings out and just melt in your mouth. They're my hands-down favorite homemade candy. I hope you can find the time to do it. Thanks for coming by!

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    FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

    I have been going out of my way to buy these and now I can make them? Seriously, someone pinch me! I am printing this right now and putting it on my "TO DO" list. Amazing.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Yes, they're a unique and delicious gift. Thank you, Crystal Tatum!

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    Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

    These look delicious! What a great gift for the holidays. Voted up.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Peggy W, thanks for the 5-star rating! Please feel free to ask any questions about the recipe. It makes a nice-sized batch of caramels perfect for gift giving. They were quite a big hit last year! I'm going to make another batch in a couple of weeks here. I appreciate your comment, too.

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Just gave your butter caramel recipe another 5 stars. I have never tried making candy but it would surely make for great gift giving. Wish I could taste one of your salted caramels right now! Congratulations also on the HOTD. You have given us clear directions and great photos to follow. Many up votes and will share.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    VeronicaTalk, I'm glad you found this interesting and easy to understand. I hope you can try it sometime! The caramels are so worth the effort. Thank you for coming by.

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    Veronica Brasten 4 years ago from USA

    This is really easy to understand. I love all of the photos. Nice work.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Eusaphzae, glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the visit.

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    Fahd Mehmood Khan 4 years ago from United Arab Emirates

    Wonderful! what a nice way to present a recipe, step by step, with pictures, Amazing. Thank you very much.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    KoffeeKlatchGals, these are my all-time favorites! There's nothing like melt-in-your-mouth homemade caramels. They take some work, but are definitely worth it. Enjoy and thank you for commenting.

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I can't wait to try the caramels. They look so delicious. You have the best recipes around.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Locknloaded81, I'm glad you enjoyed reading about delicious homemade caramels. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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    locknloaded81 4 years ago

    yum-yum-yummy! thanks you for sharing this steps.. Your hub encouraged me to made like this, very nice!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Tjdavis, your caramel pear cake sounds wonderful! Yes, it does require constant stirring. I suppose that's why confection stores have machinery that does the stirring for them! Thank you for the vote and share. I really appreciate it.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Algarveview, I'm glad you were able to get into the spirit of this article! Yes, there's nothing like that cozy, safe feeling of being a child at home. The caramels are a wonderful memory that I'll never forget: the fragrance, the flavor, the feelings. Thank you for your meaningful comment and I hope you have a chance to make the caramels someday. There's nothing else quite like them!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Molometer, I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. Moving to Peru forced me to learn the art of home cooking. Once you get used to homemade, there's no going back! Thank you for coming by.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Tammyswallow, it's nice to meet a fellow caramel and sea salt lover. I hope you enjoy the recipe. There's nothing like homemade butter caramels. Thank you for the comment, vote, pin and share!

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    Teresa Davis 4 years ago from Moscow, Texas

    This is an amazing hub..great pictures..very detailed and well written. I used to make a caramel topping for a wonderful pear cake I baked and I remember it took a lot a stirring to not burn it lol. I love caramel.

    Voted you up and will share your link on my website :-)

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    Joana e Bruno 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

    Hello, Vespawwolf, three things just happened, first you made me travel back in time to my mom's kitchen, she didn't cook caramels, but other goodies which I loved and I totally remember that feeling you describe, walking around her, just waiting, waiting, the wonderful smells all around me, that's home for me... then, for a moment I wished I was a little girl all over again... finally, I love caramels, but I never tried cooking them myself, especially because I think it's such a hard work, but I think I shall give it a try to you explained it very well... So, voted up all the way, beautiful and interesting and sharing! For all the children out there and for our little child within! Take care...

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    molometer 4 years ago

    These look delicious. I would love to give them a try. Since joining hubpages and finding these great instructional hubs. I am rapidly converting to making just about everything homemade.

    Thanks vespawoolf

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    Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

    Fabulous recipe! I love pink himalayan salt. I have replaced standard salt with it. My family loves caramel so I will have to try this. Excellent! Pinning and sharing! 5 stars!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    LetitiaFT, I've never tried Camargue flake but I'm sure it's wonderful! I just love trying different gourmet salts and just brought bck Peruvian Pink salt from Cusco. It's mined in Maras and has a minerally finish. The temperature is the key with candy making. If you have a good thermometer and also use the water bath method, you should have no problem. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

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    LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

    How did I overlook this one, they just keep popping up. This looks heavenly. I think I'll try it with Camargue flake salt (which I actually prefer to "sell gris" from Noirmoutier). It's just the temperature thing that scares me...

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Moonlake, it's nice to hear that you've tried homemade caramels. There's nothing like them, and I've made them from time-to-time throughout my life. They're the ultimate treat! Enjoy the recipe! Thanks for the vote and the pin.

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    moonlake 5 years ago from America

    This sounds so good. I remember my mother-in-law making these wrapping each in all the little papers. I never got her recipe, I should have but now I have yours. Voted up and pinned.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ishwaryaa22, thanks so much for your vote and the kind words. I hope you have a chance to try the caramels someday. They're so worth the effort! As a matter of fact, it's about time to make another batch!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    Wow! A detailed and well-presented hub on caramels! I like munching commercial caramels but nothing beat homemade sweets as this yummy recipe of yours! The tips and instructions are helpful. The photos are drool-worthy! Rated this tasty recipe 5 stars! Belated Congrats on the much deserved hub of the day! Well-done!

    Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Techygran, thank you for your kind words. I love making caramels, and these are unbelievably delicious. I think it's about time to make another batch!

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    Cynthia 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

    This hub is delicious! I love your excellent use of the step-by-step photos and the attractive photo at the beginning with the red background. The detailed, clearly-written instructions provide confidence that it can be done (that one will not end up with a sloppy, stringy mess unfit for the compost heap). Thank you! Voted Awesome and Pinned!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Yes, caramels are the enemy of dental work! Thank you for dropping by, Om Paramapoonya, and I hope you have a chance to enjoy the caramels someday.

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    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    I used to eat butter caramels all the time when I was a kid, then had to quit them after I got braces. Haha I remember getting annoyed to see my friends enjoying them when I couldn't. This sounds like an awesome recipe. I'll try it sometime :)

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Eileen Goodall, I hope you have a chance to try them. They're so worth the time. There's nothing like homemade caramels!

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    Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

    Oh my, oh my, oh my - yes please - must get time to try this - thank you voted up.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    You're welcome! I hope you enjoy the delicious caramels and thank you for dropping by, quester.ltd.

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    quester.ltd 5 years ago

    I have been looking for this recipe - thank you, thank you!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    melissaschulz, a gift basket of homemade items is the best gift of all. Thank you for dropping by and commenting, I really appreciate it.

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    melissa 5 years ago from michigan

    Thank for the information hub. I totally enjoy the smell in the kitchen when you are making homemade item. My mother is a chef and over the years I have learn many secrets from her. We always make gift basket for christmas present. It is a lot of work but everyone totally appreciates them, so it worth it.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Who can resist caramel, right? urmilashukla23, thanks for your comment and for dropping by!

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    Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

    Oh Caramel, my favorite too. Great recipe. Shared with family and friends and bookmarked it.

    Voted up!

    Congratulations on the hub of the day award! Great work!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you so much for your vote and comment, raakachi!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for dropping by, jiro!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for your vote and comment, Crystar!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Commercial caramels are much chewier than homemade, and thus more likely to pull out fillings. I hope you can try them and, yes, the salt is really pink! Thanks for dropping by, pstraubie48.

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    raakachi 5 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

    Congrats! for the hub of the day 'accolade' as your hub deserves full right over it. Thanks for sharing with us. voted-beautiful.

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    jiro 5 years ago from India

    hai very nice to see i will try

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    Crystar 5 years ago

    Yummy! I love butter caramel. Will definitely try this one. Thank you for sharing, vespa. Voted up & Awesome.

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    Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

    Yum....I love caramel even though I have had a filling pulled out by them. These sound so creamy that I almost feel them in my mouth. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I may some day be brave enough to try this and definitely will look for Kimalayan pink salt...is it really pink??

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for your kind words. I hope you'll have the chance to try your hand at homemade caramels. They're worth the effort!

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    susanm23b 5 years ago

    Excellent hub! I love your photos and very detailed instructions. Cooking candy can be a little intimidating, but your advice to relax and enjoy the process makes the project seem much more doable! Voted up :)

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    I hope you give it a try! A friend to help with the stirring really helps. I love Penzey's for spices and salts...thanks for the tip!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for dropping by!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Oh wow, if you love Kraft butter caramels you have to try the homemade variety. They're not even in the same ballpark! Thanks for coming by!

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    Dink96 5 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

    My weakness is salt caramel. I've never made caramel, but maybe I'll try with an adventurous friend! Penzey's is a great store for these ingredients, BTW.

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    susiempn 5 years ago from Michigan

    Oh my God, there is nothing like caramels with salt. A little chocolate also does no harm. Congratulations on Hub of the Day.

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    Angela Martinez 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    love butter caramels!!! used to eat a lot of 'em made by "kraft". now at least i can make a try making my own butter caramel candies;) thanks for sharing :-)

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    It's nice to meet another caramel lover. I hope you can try the recipe, as homemade caramels are on a whole new level...like the difference between a frozen entrée and a homemade one. Thanks for your comment!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Wow, thanks so much for your praise! I myself am an impatient cook. It helps to have a candy-making partner to cheer you on and take turns stirring. The bottle of wine doesn't hurt any, either!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Okay, since you keep asking I may write down a few travel experiences! I don't know how commercial they would be, but it'd be worth a few laughs.

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    Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    I love caramels. I'll bet the homemade ones are really good. I have never had homemade caramels, thanks for such clear directions!

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Very well deserved!

    I love your similie in the first paragraph, "...like ice cream on a summer sidewalk." What a wonderful word picture!

    You directions are wonderful and clear, as are your photos.

    I do like caramel, but I think I am too lazy and impatient of a cook to try making my own. ;-) However, I'm bookmarking this for future reference, just in case. ;-)

    Voted up, beautiful, awesome, useful, interesting and shared!

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    Robert Pfromm 5 years ago from Lees Summit, MO

    Hub of the Day! Congrats! The context and the detail you put into your recipe Hubs is very, very nice. My culinary interests run in completely different directions, but I truly enjoyed reading this - even though I don't expect to try my hand at candy making. You are inspiring me to go back and tweak the few recipes I've got out there.

    When are you going to take a shot at some different subjects? I am eagerly awaiting something on your travel experiences.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Salted caramel macaroons? That sounds simply divine. I'll have to look up chef Adriano Zumbo. Thanks for the tip!

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    Rufus rambles 5 years ago from Australia

    Salted caramels are my favourite sweet. In Australia we have an amazing pastry chef who makes the most incredible Salted Caramel Macarons. Adriano Zumbo! Thanks for a great hub I'll be trying to make these!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Arlene V. Poma, if you keep the heat low and stir constantly, you can't burn the caramel. I hope you can give it a try.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for your support! Sweet Georgia Browns, huh? That would make an interesting hub.

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    Sally Hayes 5 years ago

    Thanks for a lovely Hub. For some reason I find watching candy making irresistible. I guess it comes from watching my dad make Sweet Georgia Browns when I was a kid. Congrats on being a Hub of the Day!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    I hope you have a chance to try the recipe and thanks for your comment!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you! I noticed you have some hub awards under your belt, as well. I look forward to reading more.

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    Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

    These sound awesome! I'll be back to give this recipie a try. I love experimenting in the kitchen!

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    Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Congrats on getting Hub of the Day! This is a very well written hub. I enjoyed the personal history behind the recipe.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks so much for the kudos, Patty Inglish, and for all the support from HP staff!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you so much for your kind words and vote! Please let me know about your caramel making experience if you have a chance.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks, John, for the kudos. I wish I could share the caramels with all my commenters but technology hasn't reached that point yet!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for your comment, ktrapp, and your kind words! Caramel apples are also one of my favorites.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you, Cardisa. Yes, they do require some patience but the result is sooo worth it. Thanks for your comment!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    I think we all have recipe hoarders in the family. I enjoy sharing my recipes and teaching others how to make them so we can spread the joy! Thanks for dropping by, That Grrl

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thelma Alberts, thanks for your comment and vote. I look forward to hearing about your experience with caramel making!

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    Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

    Excellent Hub! - I enjoyed reading this as much as I used to like watching Alton Browns "Good Eats" on TV.

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    Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

    Oooooooo, simply as heavenly as that osso buco recipe of yours. Keep up your wonderful writing, and congratulations for Hub of the Day. I truly wish those caramels would pop out of the photograph and into my hands! Bookmarked, voted up and everything else! I hope I can make these right away with out burning them!

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    John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    Congrats on winning hub of the day!

    Yes, I do love sweets very much - I definitely have a sweet tooth! Your pictures are wonderful as well.

    Take care - voted up

    John

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    Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

    What a fabulous picture you painted with words of your mother making caramels and you as a young child anxiously waiting to eat them. I could easily imagine the buttery scent that filled your kitchen. I certainly am partial to caramel, especially caramel apples fresh from the orchard, but these caramel candies look fabulous too. I must confess, I have never heard of finishing salts before - interesting.

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    Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

    I love caramel, don't know if I have the patience to make it but yours look good enough to pluck from the computer..lol

    Congrats on the hub of the day!

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    Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

    My Grandfather's sister had an old family recipe for fudge. But she refused to give it to anyone, now she is gone. People will still talk about her baking and candy making. How good it all was and how she hoarded everything she made. :D

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you, StephanieBCrosby. I hope you have a chance to try the recipe. Please tell me how it goes!

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    Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

    What an awesome hub! I have never made caramel for candies. The closest I come is if a recipe calls for a caramel syrup, like for bananas foster's. I, like others, love all the step-by-step visuals. I think I may try this. So, I am bookmarking for later reference.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for your comment! I hope you'll drop back by and tell me what you think of the caramels!

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    Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

    Wow! It looks yummy. I have not tried butter caramel with salt but I'll try this recipe. Congratulation! Voted up and bookmark for later use.

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    Susan 5 years ago from Northern California

    OH! Rice syrup! That sounds like a great possible substitute for corn syrup. Thanks for that idea! One of those "Duh! Why didn't I think of that?" things. LOL! Thanks!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for dropping in, JamaGenee and I look forward to following your hubs!

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    Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

    I've had homemade caramels, but never salted. I do love the combination of sweet and salty, though so my mouth was definitely watering while reading this. Yummy! Haven't made candy for years, but your recipe and the fantastic photos make me want to run out and buy a new candy thermometer! Thanks! ;D

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    I've always used 1/2 cup of corn syrup and 1/2 cup of honey. I read comments once from a cook who used all honey. She said they were softer but still delicious. I would like to know how they turn out if you do try it. Maybe it would be best try to half honey and half rice or another type of syrup.

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    Susan 5 years ago from Northern California

    Wonderful visuals on this recipe. Thanks for sharing. Have you ever made them without corn syrup? I have family that is allergic to corn and have never found a caramel recipe without it.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    I'm happy to make the acquaintance of someone who knows the wonders of salted caramels! Thank you for your generous words.

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    Robbie Bracco 5 years ago from Fruitland Park Florida

    Fantastic Hub! My son gave me some wonderful salted caramels for Christmas and I fell in love with them so am pleasantly surprised to discover your wonderful recipe!

    Beautiful presentation and a Hub which I will definitely follow.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Please stop by again and tell me what you think. They're the best gift/dessert ever!

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    Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    Omigosh! This looks sooo good! I make butter toffee with nuts, but I will try to make this recipe this weekend. Mmmm. More, please!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I just wish I could give everyone who drops by a sample of these delicious caramels! : )

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    wonderingwoolley 5 years ago from Madison, WI

    Oh my gosh, I love everything about this hub! the wonderful story about your mom, the great candy making tips, the easy step by step recipe, and the gorgeous photos. This is a superb hub, thanks so much for sharing it!!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for dropping by!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for visiting and for your vote!

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    irvinetraveller 5 years ago from California

    Congratulations! I love caramels and thanks for the recipe.

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Love the presenation. No wonder these caramels look tempting. Thanks for sharing and will cast my vote for you. BTW, I was once a hubnugget...congratulations.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Great, thank you so much!

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    Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Forwarding this to my friends addicted to butter caramels. :) This guide should be fun and easy to follow.

    Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. To all who would like to read and vote, join the Hubnuggets team and their adventures right here: https://hubpages.com/community/HubNugget-Mystery-T...

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    They're worth the effort and fun to make, too! This hub has been nominated for HubNuggets. Please check it out and cast your vote... http://hubpages.com/food

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    Mark Pitts 5 years ago from United States

    I am not a baker, but I have got to try this. If I screw it up, maybe I can get my wife to do it over for me. Made my mouth water with the thought.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you, DougBerry. I'm thrilled with the nomination, although the competition looks stiff! I appreciate the opportunity to belong to the HP community.

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    DougBerry 5 years ago from Abilene, TX

    Hey, congratulations on your HubNugget nomination. You can vote and view the other nominees in the Food and Cooking Topic here:

    http://hubpages.com/food

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you Simone, I'm flattered. I am a big fan of sweet and salty and this fits the bill. My candy making partner and I had a good time putting them together!

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    Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

    These caramels look gorgeous- from the first photo, I never would have guessed you made them yourself! I'm not big on sweet, but I do love salty things, so I'm really intrigued by the recipe. Looks like a fun thing to make!

    Thanks for the splendid guide :D

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Homemade butter caramels are unique and delicious. They'd make a very special gift!

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    Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

    Great photos accompanied by a great recipe! I might attempt to make this for my Valentine! ;-)

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

    I love caramels and salt together. Definitely bookmarking this one!

    Lisa ~ Rustic Living

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Please let me know what you think of the caramels!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    I think these caramels are a good choice! : )

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    Vanderleelie 5 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

    Excellent story, step-by-step instructions and photos. I'll have to try this recipe soon.

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    Tams R 5 years ago from Missouri

    Thanks for sealing my Valentine's gift. Yummy! Let's hope my waistline holds up.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    You could use any finishing salt, including Maldon or Celtic sea salt. Thanks for dropping by!

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    alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

    What an unusual and delicious recipe. I'm not sure where pink salt is available near me though. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you, Steph! I hope you have a chance to try them. Homemade caramels are so much better than the commercial variety. : )

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    Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Wonderful hub and your own pictures made it that more compelling. I love caramels (although they are a rare treat for me). The touch of Himalayan pink salt sounds amazing! Rated up - Best to you, Steph

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    If you haven't tried homemade caramels you haven't lived!

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    Lamme 5 years ago

    I'll definitely be trying this recipe. Sounds wonderful!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you, IndieJoe. Please let me know how the caramels turn out!

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    IndieJoe 5 years ago

    Vespa, this recipe sounds amazing and the photos are especially helpful. I can't wait to try this one! Keep up the great work.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for dropping by Kif. I hope you have a chance to try the recipe!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Very kind!

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    RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

    I'm definitely a fan - can't wait to read more of your work!

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    kif karton 5 years ago

    this is a very good recipe for carmels I have searced candy recipes for years and this is one of the best. thanks so much vespa.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for your vote of confidence and let me know how it works out!

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    Charlie 5 years ago from Scotland

    My favorite! Yummy, thanks for sharing this, I will definitely give this a go when I have a spare moment!!! Thanks so much. Voted up and awesome!

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