Salted Peanut Caramels – My favorite old fashioned caramels with the addition of salted peanuts make the best homemade candies! Perfect for Christmas, teacher gifts or just to have around for snacking! An all time favorite treat in our home!
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Have you ever found yourself suddenly obsessed with something?
For me it was homemade caramels.
I became obsessed with the idea of creating the PERFECT caramel recipe.
Not the quick cheaters Microwave Caramels (which are delicious) but the old fashioned stove top caramels that your grandmother used to make.
I had a friend ask me to teach them how to make homemade candies.
I have done very little candy making in my life that I felt completely unqualified.
However they were happy to explore the world of candy making with me and we jumped in one day head first.
We made 5 recipes that day and I’m pretty sure we used every single pot and pan in my house.
My house was a mess by the time we were finished.
However we had fun, tried a few new things and really learned how to do a few things we’d never tried before.
We made two different variations of old fashioned caramels that day.
However I wasn’t in love with the final results.
The caramels were delicious but one was too hard and the other too soft.
The idea of being close to finding the perfect recipe was within reach and I suddenly became obsessed with figuring out the perfect recipe.
At first my family was excited to have homemade caramels in the house!
But then after 9 batches of caramels, they quickly realized that my obsession was getting out of control.
However, by making 9 batches of caramels, I not only discovered the PERFECT recipe for caramels.
This included the perfect temperature to cook the caramels to AND a lot of fun variations for my caramels.
These Salted Peanut Caramels were a HUGE hit with everyone who tried them!
We love salted caramels, so instead of using sea salt I salted my caramel with these tasty salted peanuts!
These were SOOOO good.
So good that I HAD to get them out of the house because we couldn’t stop eating them.
My trusty teacher friends came to the rescue and helped taste test these.
They agreed that this was a PERFECT treat and one that is dangerous to have around!
These are now a must have Christmas treat for us and one that we love to give away to friends and family for special occasions!
However, you can of course make these for snacking around the house too!
No one here will judge you, promise!
I should make note that you do NOT have to dip these in chocolate.
Theses Salted Peanut Caramels are perfect just as they are.
However dipping them in chocolate is a way to make these gourmet!
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup white Karo syrup
- 3 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups salted peanuts, shelled & skinned
- 1 (12 ounce) bag of dark chocolate candy melts
- 1 (12 ounce bag of white chocolate candy melts
- Nonstick foil
- Wax paper
- Candy thermometer or digital thermometer. I prefer a digital meat thermometer.
- In a large pot mix sugar, salt, syrup and whipping cream.
- Clip on candy thermometer of your pan allows. If not, you'll have to check the temperature regularly with your thermometer then rinse it off after each time.
- Cook caramel mixture over medium heat (I like to cook mine at a 6.5 level on my stove) until caramel reached 243*F. Caramel should cook at a heavy simmer/low boil and will double in volume from the bubbles.
- Stir caramel mixture every few minutes to prevent from scorching the bottom of the caramel.
- The thermometer will jump from 0*F to 218*F pretty quick, so don't panic. Between 218*F and 243*F is when the caramel will change colors. For me, this process takes between 1 hour - 1 1/2 hours of boiling. TRUST ME, IT'S WORTH IT!
- As you cook and stir, the caramel will start off white, then a light caramel then eventually a rich caramel color. Once it hits the rich caramel color you're getting close to the right temperature.
- As the caramel is cooking, preparing a 9x9 inch pan with non stick foil. I prefer the non-stick foil for this as it's easy to lift from the pan to cut later.
- Once caramel reaches 243*F, remove from stove and add peanuts and mix well.
- Pour caramel into 9x9 pan and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Once caramel is cool and solid, remove foil from pan, peel away from sides of caramel and slice into long thin strips about 1/2 inch thick.
- Then turn caramel and cut strips into rectangles or squares about 1 inch thick.
- Melt candy melts according to package directions.
- Place a salted peanut caramel into warm melted chocolate. Using a fork scoop up caramel and gently knock fork on the top of the bowl allowing excess chocolate to drip back into bowl.
- Place chocolate caramel onto wax paper.
- Repeat for all caramels.
- Melt 1/2 bag of white chocolate candy melts according to package directions.
- Using a Fork, drizzle white chocolate onto tops of chocolate caramels.
- Devour immediately or box up and deliver to a friend!