Salt and Pink Peppercorn Caramels

The sprinkling of coarse salt adds crunch and brings out the creamy sweetness of the caramels. Pink peppercorns have a mild citrus-sweet heat that adds a light flavor and color. Mix and salt and pepper, or sprinkle some caramels with salt and some with the peppercorns. Find flaked salt and pink peppercorns in specialty food stores.

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Yields:
64 caramels
Prep:
30 mins
Cook:
40 mins
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Salt and Pink Peppercorn Caramels

Ingredients
1
cup butter
1
16 ounce package packed brown sugar (2-1/4 cups)
2
cups half-and-half or light cream
1
cup light-color corn syrup
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/2
teaspoons flaked sea salt or smoked flaked sea salt
1/2
teaspoons pink peppercorns, crushed

Directions

  1. Line an 8x8x2-inch or 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Butter the foil. Set aside.
  2. In a 3-quart heavy saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add brown sugar, half-and-half, and corn syrup; mix well. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Reduce heat to medium. Continue boiling mixture at a moderate, steady rate, stirring frequently, until the thermometer registers 248 degrees F, firm-ball stage (40 to 50 minutes). Adjust heat as necessary to maintain a steady boil.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat; remove thermometer. Stir in vanilla. Quickly pour mixture into prepared pan. Cool 10 to 12 minutes; sprinkle with salt and pepper.* When firm, use foil to lift candy out of pan. Use a buttered knife to cut into 2x1/2-inch pieces.** Wrap each caramel in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Store up to 2 weeks.

From the Test Kitchen

*Tip:

Mix the salt and pepper or sprinkle one side with salt and the other with pepper.

**Tip:

If desired, for easier slicing, freeze caramel for 10 minutes or until just firm. Cut as directed.

Nutrition Facts

(Salt and Pink Peppercorn Caramels )
    Per serving:
  • 70 kcal cal.,
  • 4 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g monounsatured fat),
  • 10 mg chol.,
  • 40 mg sodium,
  • 9 g carb.,
  • 8 g sugar
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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