The season of giving is upon us, and we’ve been thinking about quick, easy ways to show loved ones we care. Whether it’s a housewarming, birthday, Thanksgiving or Christmas — gifting homemade caramel candies is a classic gesture that won’t break the bank.

Candy- making can seem intimidating at first, but our three-step caramel candy recipe below is as easy as it gets — and you likely already have everything you need in your pantry!


  • 2 teaspoons Clear Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Flaky salt (such as Maldon, for optional garnish)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Step 1:

Prepare 13 in. x 9 in. pan with vegetable pan spray. Line with parchment paper, allowing paper to hang over long sides of pan like a sling. Spray again with pan spray.

Step 2: 

In large saucepan, combine cream, granulated sugar, corn syrup, brown sugar and butter. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches 248°F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and immediately stir in vanilla and salt. Quickly pour into prepared pan and sprinkle with flaky sea salt (if using).

Step 3: 

Let caramels cool completely before removing from pan. To make cutting easier, refrigerate caramels at least 2 hours before cutting and spray knife with vegetable pan spray. Cut caramels into 1/2 in. x 2 in. pieces and wrap in waxed paper. Caramels may be stored at room temperature for 5 days or in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Are you sweet on caramel candy? Let us know if you made these salted caramel candies or have a favorite holiday candy recipe of your own! Comment below or show us on Instagram by tagging us @WiltonCakes.

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