Homemade Chocolate Caramels with Sea Salt Recipe (2024)

There's nothing better than homemade chocolate caramels topped with just a little bit of salt! Easy to make and no candy thermometer needed.

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One of my very favorite things about the holiday season is definitely the homemade chocolate caramels.

I absolutely love our microwave caramels (and we make them pretty often at our house!), but I was really in the mood for some chocolate, too.

I remembered some of my favorite chocolate’s from Mrs. Call’s and decided to give it a go making a homemade version myself.

THEY TURNED OUT AMAZING. I had to send them to work with my husband, or else I would have eaten them all in one sitting.

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I decided to use our microwave caramels as a base for two reasons:

  1. You don’t need a candy thermometer (which means you have no excuse NOT to make them)
  2. You only need a few ingredients(most of which you probably already have in your pantry)

Ingredients for Homemade Chocolate Caramels:

  • Butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Light corn syrup
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Milk chocolate chips (you could also use semi-sweet or dark chocolate)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Coarse sea salt (if you’re not a fan of salted caramels, you could easily leave this off)

How to make Homemade Chocolate Caramels:

Step 1: In a microwave safe bowl, combine butter, sugars, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk until smooth.

Cook for 6 minutes in your microwave, removing and stirring every two minutes.

Make sure you don’t cook the mixture for the full six minutes at once, otherwise it will burn.

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Step 2:When caramel is done cooking, pour into a 9×9-inch baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Let cool completely, then cut into squares. It will take about 30 minutes, but you can put it in the fridge to make it set up faster.

*PRO-TIP:To make them easier to cut, run your knife under hot water, and then spray it lightly with cooking spray. That way you’ll get a clean, sharp cut.

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Step 3:Set the caramels on a wax-lined baking sheet and make sure they are completely set up before dipping them.

You may want to freeze them for a few minutes to make them easier to work with.

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Step 4:In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and vegetable oil in 30 second intervals (stirring in between) until smooth.

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Step 5:Dip each caramel square by hand (or you could use a fork) in the chocolate, then place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

Repeat until all caramels have been dipped.

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Step 6:Top with coarse sea salt, then let cool until chocolate has hardened.

I drizzled mine with the leftover chocolate I had from dipping, but that’s definitely not necessary.

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Serves: 20

Homemade Chocolate Caramels with Sea Salt Recipe

5 from 2 votes

Homemade caramels dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt.

Prep Time 1 hour hr

Cook Time 8 minutes mins

Total Time 1 hour hr 8 minutes mins

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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt (for topping)

Instructions

  • Combine butter, sugars, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk in a microwaveable safe bowl until smooth.

  • Cook for 6 minutes in your microwave, removing and stirring every two minutes.

  • When caramel is done cooking, pour into a 9 x 9 inch baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

  • Let cool completely, then cut into squares.

  • Set the caramels on a wax-lined baking sheet and make sure they are completely set up before dipping them.

  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and vegetable oil in 30 second intervals (stirring in between) until smooth.

  • Dip each caramel square in the chocolate, then place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Repeat until all caramels have been dipped.

  • Top with sea salt, then let cool until chocolate has hardened.

Notes

You can use any caramel recipe, but I love this caramel recipe because:

  • You don’t need a candy thermometer
  • You only need a few ingredients(most of which you probably already have in your pantry)

Nutrition

Calories: 113 kcal · Carbohydrates: 21 g · Protein: 1 g · Fat: 3 g · Saturated Fat: 2 g · Cholesterol: 9 mg · Sodium: 153 mg · Potassium: 36 mg · Sugar: 21 g · Vitamin A: 91 IU · Vitamin C: 1 mg · Calcium: 28 mg · Iron: 1 mg

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl

  • 9×9-inch baking pan

Recipe Details

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

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  1. Sandy Haire says:

    I made my caramels exactly as the recipe except I used dark brown sugar instead of light. That was all I had. Unfortunately, the caramel was so chewy we were afraid to lose a filling. Did the dark brown sugar make a difference or is there something else that made them so hard?

  2. Cyd says:

    You may have cooked them too long, or your microwave was too hot.

  3. Debbie Naquin says:

    I also followed the recipe exactly. They are dark brown and definitely hurt my teeth....more like very hard glass. I don't know what I could have done differently.

  4. Sherry Brayton says:

    Worked perfectly and so simple!

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  5. Christy says:

    This recipe was very easy. I followed the exact directions and my caramels were soft and chewy.

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  6. Mary says:

    Can you store these in the freezer? How long do they store for?

  7. Momma Cyd says:

    These should store fine in the freezer for a few months. The wrapping is really important. You want to be sure that any candy you freeze is well wrapped. You want to keep ice from building up inside the package.

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