Vanilla Bean Sea Salt Caramels are soft, chewy and so easy to make!
It’s August Secret Recipe Club reveal day! This month I was assigned Sid’s Sea Palm Cooking, the site has a really great collection of recipes, so I had quite a hard time choosing which recipe to make. I was all set to make the Greek Yoghurt Biscuits and then I changed my mind and opted to make a batch of these Home Made Caramels.
I am kind of a caramel addict. Shocking I know, but I have been known to eat more than my fair share of those addicting little Kraft caramels in the plastic wrappers. It’s probably been about 4 years since the last time I made a batch of caramel, the last time being a very precise recipe including the use of a candy thermometer.
So I was pretty psyched when I found out this recipe was quick and painless. Microwave caramel ready in just over an hour, with no standing over a hot stove… yes please! Since right now it’s summer time with temperatures ranging in the high 90’s, this microwave Vanilla Bean Sea Salt Caramel is something I will definitely be making again soon.
The addition of vanilla bean to the caramels is the only change I made to the recipe, because in my world everything is better with a little vanilla. Especially vanilla bean, I just love the little flecks of brown contrasted by the sea salt. I hope you get a chance to try it too, enjoy!
Easy Sea Salt Caramels
- 1/2 c butter
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1/2 c white sugar
- 1/2 c corn syrup
- 1/2 c sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 2 tsp sea salt, for topping
- Generously butter an 8"x8" baking pan and set aside.
- In a large glass mixing bowl melt the butter in the microwave.
- Stir in the brown sugar, white sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk and cook on high for 2 minutes.
- Stir the mixture and return to the microwave for an additional 2 minutes.
- Stir the mixture once more and cook for an additional minute.
- Carefully remove the mixture from the microwave and stir in the vanilla bean paste.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and sprinkle on the sea salt.
- Let cool completely (about an hour or so) slice and serve.
- Wrap the cut caramel in wax or parchment paper to store and place in an airtight container.
Courses candy, dessert
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Sid's Sea Palm Cooking says
I love these caramels. I mean how easy can it get? Never thought of adding Vanilla Beans to it, but will try it. Glad you liked the recipe. I make batches of this every year for Christmas and gift them away. And the sea salt on top, is amazing.
We loved them too, great recipe!
Michaela ~ An Affair from the Heart says
Love salted caramels!! These turned out so good!! I baked from your blog this month and had a GREAT time browsing your recipes!! Great site, and I’m happy I found it!
Thanks Michaela, I am so glad you enjoyed the sweet rolls 🙂
Ashley L. says
I adore salted caramel and your treats look beautiful! Great job!
Thank you Ashley!
Rachel Cotterill says
They look great, I love salted caramel 🙂
Thanks Rachel 🙂
Oh I never knew you could make caramels in the microwave! I’ll need to try these! Great SRC choice!
thank you Heather!
These look amazing! I can’t believe they were done in the microwave.. thats awesome! (Especially in the summer!) Im going to try these soon – pinned!
Thank you Kelley, they are so easy and the microwave technique makes this a really dangerous to my waistline recipe 🙂
Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says
Oh those caramels look so fantastic!
Salted caramel is one of my major weaknesses. I might even go crazy and dip a few of these in semi-sweet chocolate. Thanks for the great recipe!
sounds like a good plan Rebekah 🙂
Julie @White Lights on Wednesday says
Oh my gosh Emily! Those caramel sounds freaking awesome! I totally need to make some! pinning.
ha ha thanks Julie, they are pretty amazing… you should definitely make a batch 🙂
colleen @ Secrets from the Cookie Princess says
These are officially on my Christmas treats list–no hot stove, stirring, temperature watching? That sounds like something I have to try out. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Colleen you will love these!
Miz Helen says
If only I had a couple of those awesome treats right now, I just love the sweet and salty combination. Hope you are having a great day and thanks for sharing.
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Thank you Miz Helen, they are so addicting 🙂
Wow, these salted caramels look amazing, Emily! I love that you can make them in the microwave too! That’s so awesome and I seriously can’t wait to try this – pinning 🙂
Caramel in the microwave??? Dangerous. Way too easy. I will be making these soon!! Visiting from SRC B!
Yes Julie… YES! Enjoy them 🙂
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
I love sea salt caramels and have never thought to make them myself. I bet they would taste incredible dipped in chocolate too!
You have to try these soon Ashley, although find someone to share with so they won’t tempt you, they are that good 🙂
CJ Huang says
These caramels look a lot easier to make than the ones where you need a thermometer and stand in front of a hot stove stirring! Maybe I’ll conquer my fear of making caramels with a recipe like this one. 🙂
I hope you try them soon CJ they are delicious!