Nothing says the holidays are here like a batch of homemade Fleur de Sel Caramels. And they are so easy to make, you’ll never buy them again!
I love holiday baking – the cookies, the cakes, the bars, all of it – but making candy used to scare me. A couple of years ago, I decided to tackle my fear and take a stab at it. I searched the internet and read dozens of candy recipes before settling on Fleur de Sel Caramels from Ina Garten. I love Ina’s recipes. They are always solid, don’t have a ton of ingredients, and her instructions are direct and clear. I knew that if I was going to be successful at making candy, Ina would help me do it. I love salt and I love caramel so what could be better than the two together?
The caramels are relatively easy to make, but you’re going to need a candy thermometer for accurate results. If you remove the caramel from the heat too soon, the candy won’t set. If you leave it on too long, you’ll send your friends to the dentist. These got rave reviews when I gave them as gifts last year. Wrapping the caramels individually is so much fun, too, and the kids love to help (especially since I let them sample one or two as we work).
These disappear quickly, so make a double batch to have some left for Santa. He really likes them, too.