The word “sea salt” gets me in trouble every time. I found a recipe for microwave caramels that can be made with Maldon sea salt and I knew I wanted to try it out. My friend was in from out of town, and I thought it would be the perfect time to chat in the kitchen while whipping up a batch of these caramels. After making and sampling the caramel batter on the whisk, my friend and I knew this recipe was a keeper. Looking forward to making even more of these for the holidays!
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Stacy Dutton
Serves: Makes about 25
Recipe adapted from [url href=”http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/04/microwave-caramels/” target=”_blank”]Cooking Classy[/url].
1/2 cup unsalted butter (don’t use salted or it will splatter like crazy)
Add the corn syrup, granulated sugar, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and salt, and whisk mixture very well. Return to microwave and cook mixture on HIGH power for 5 to 6 minutes (at 2:30 I recommend stirring the mixture down – it bubbles a lot). After 5 minutes, use hot pads to carefully remove bowl from microwave.
Place a small amount of the caramel in a bowl of ice water then remove it from the water and it should have formed a small pliable ball – nothing too soft or too hard. If that happens, the caramels are done. Mine were done at 5 minutes but times will vary slightly based on the wattage of your microwave and the size of the bowl you use. If it needs a little more time, return to microwave and heat in 20 second increments.