Smoked Maple Caramels
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Welcome to caramel heaven. These soft, chewy caramels are irresistible with the perfect balance of smoke, sweet maple, and mineral black lava sea salt.

24 servings

Active Prep: 5 min
Cook: 30 min


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This recipe was adapted from the Best Salted Caramels recipe on Inspired Taste.


Prepare a 9x5 inch loaf pan by lining it with parchment paper and greasing it thoroughly with nonstick spray. Combine butter and cream in a microwave-safe measuring cup and microwave for 1 to 2 min., or until butter has melted. Stir in Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste and Natural Maple Extract and set aside.

Combine corn syrup and water in a small pot. Add sugar and stir to incorporate. Use a pastry brush dipped in water to brush away all of the sugar granules that have stuck to the side of the pot (this will help prevent the caramel from crystallizing later). Heat over medium heat until sugar mixture comes to a boil, stirring with a wooden spoon if needed to distribute sugar. Do not stir after the sugar has come to a boil—instead, move the pot in a circular motion to gently swirl the mixture. 

Place a candy thermometer in the pot. Cook sugar for 5 to 10 min., or until sugar reaches a temperature of 320 degrees on the candy thermometer. As the sugar cooks, continue to brush sugar granules off the side of the pot with the wet pastry brush. Once caramel has reached 320 degrees, stream in butter mixture while carefully stirring. The sugar mixture is extremely hot and will bubble and rise with the addition of the butter mixture, so do it very slowly. Cook for an additional 5 to 10 min., or until caramel comes back up to a temperature of 250 degrees. Pour caramel immediately into prepared loaf pan. Cool for 10 to 20 min., then sprinkle the top with salt. Let cool completely, at least 6 hours or overnight.


Instead of setting into candies, use warm caramel to coat apples, rim a mug for hot cider, toss with popcorn, or drizzle onto ice cream.

Adapted from Inspired Taste by Amanda Upton



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