Homemade caramels. It doesn’t get more legit than this. They aren’t difficult to make by any means – there’s no crazy technique here or anything -but they are time-consuming and require a lot of babysitting. Don’t even think about leaving these on the stove and going to watch the Food Network, as I may or may not have done…

They’re absolutely worth slaving away over a hot stove for though. As they set, they take on a beautifully reflective sheen and a lovely rich, deep brown color. They truly melt in your mouth and with the addition of pumpkin spice, they taste like fall feels.

Pumpkin Spice Caramels

Individually wrapped, to prevent myself from eating it straight out of the pan

Pumpkin Spice Caramels

From Confections of a Foodie Bride

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp vanilla or vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp light corn syrup (can sub Lyle’s Golden Syrup)
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  1. Grease a baking pan or line with parchment paper.
  2. Bring cream, butter, vanilla, salt, and 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice just to a boil in a small saucepan, then remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Boil sugars, corn syrup, molasses, and water in a 4-quart heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Attach a candy thermometer and continue boiling without stirring (just gently swirl the pan occasionally) until mixture reaches 310-315.
  4. Carefully pour in the cream mixture into the caramel (take care, mixture will bubble up) and simmer, stirring frequently, until caramel registers 246-248 on thermometer. 246 will give you a softer caramel that will stretch when you bite it but is easily squished or flattened, especially in a warm house. 248 will give you a firmer, still chewy caramel.
  5. Pour into baking pan and set in fridge to cool until firm.
  6. Cut into 1-inch pieces and then wrap each piece in a square of wax paper, twisting 2 ends to close.
Heavy Cream and Sugar Syrup

This is where the science starts

Pumpkin Spice Caramels

The most gorgeous brown color

Pumpkin Spice Caramels

Pumpkin spice caramels

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