Top 9 Caramel Recipes

Soft, chewy, sweet, and buttery, caramels are a classic candy with a distinctive taste and texture. These 9 caramel candies are the most popular and best-reviewed caramel recipes on my site. If you're a caramel fan, you're sure to find one that you love.

  • 01 of 09

    Soft Caramels

    Soft caramels

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    This is my #1 rated caramel recipe! These five-star soft caramels have a creamy, chewy texture that melts in your mouth and never sticks to your teeth. They are delicious on their own, dipped in chocolate, or used in other baked goods.

  • 02 of 09

    Sea Salt Caramels

    Sea Salt Caramels

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    The combination of smooth, sweet caramel, crunchy salt crystals, and bittersweet chocolate may sound unusual, but it makes these sea salt caramels impossible to put down.

  • 03 of 09

    Peanut Caramels

    Peanut caramels

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    A sweet, chewy caramel is packed with salty, crunchy peanuts. These peanut caramels are great on their own, but when they are dipped in chocolate they are positively decadent and resemble miniature candy bars.

  • 04 of 09

    Apple Cider Caramels

    Apple cider caramels

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    In these apple cider caramels, the sweet, slightly burnt caramelized sugar taste pairs perfectly with the tart apple cider, spicy cinnamon, and rich butter. These caramels are soft, silky-smooth, and won’t stick in your teeth.

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  • 05 of 09

    Coffee Caramels

    Coffee Caramels

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    Coffee caramels have a smooth, smoky coffee taste and a rich, chewy, buttery texture. These are wonderful by themselves, or with a milk chocolate coating.

  • 06 of 09

    Dulce de Leche Pecan Bites

    Dulce de Leche Pecan Bites

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    These dulce de leche pecan bites are one of our absolute favorites! Dulce de leche is sandwiched between two large toasted pecans, and then the whole package is dipped in chocolate. The combination of sweet and tangy dulce de leche, crunchy toasted pecans, and rich chocolate is fabulously addicting.

  • 07 of 09

    Turtle Candies

    Turtle Candy Recipe With Pecans and Caramel

    The Spruce

    These classic turtle candies earn 5 stars from reviewers. Toasted pecans are smothered with caramel and chocolate to produce whimsical turtle shapes.

  • 08 of 09

    Autumn Caramels

    Spiced Caramels

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    Autumn caramels taste like fall with flavors of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice are all infused into the cream that goes into the caramels.  he resulting caramels have a wonderfully aromatic flavor and a smooth, rich texture that's not too stiff and not too soft.

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  • 09 of 09

    Caramel-Wrapped Pretzel Rods

    Caramel-Wrapped Pretzel Rods

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    A thick spiral of chewy caramel is wrapped around a crunchy, salty pretzel. The whole thing is dipped in sweet milk chocolate and finished with nutty chopped peanut butter chips. If you’re a fan of the sweet-and-salty flavor combination, you’ll love these caramel-wrapped pretzel rods!