Caramel Chews with Salt and Bourbon

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Cook Time: 45 minutes

What a great little treat to scatter in a tray of cookies or to give as a lovely gift at any time of the year. Enjoy these lovely caramel chews that are not as difficult to make as you might think!


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons of bourbon (optional and amount based on preference)


  1. In a large pot, combine sugar, water and corn syrup.  Bring to a boil and allow to simmer until the mixture becomes golden.
  2. Once the mixture gets golden, you will want to move onto the next steps quickly as it browns very quickly.
  3. Turn the heat all the way down and very, very slowly whisk the cream a tiny bit at a time.  
  4. Once all combined, add salt, vanilla, and bourbon. 
  5. Using a candy thermometer, bring the caramel to a temperature of 260-275 to give you a firm caramel candy.
  6. Carefully pour the hot caramel into a aluminum foil or parchment paper lined rectangle baking dish (approximately 8”x11”)
  7. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  8. Remove from the dish and then peel foil or paper.  
  9. Cut into small rectangles and wrap in wax or parchment paper individually.  Use a very sharp knife for this.  Grease the knife with kitchen spray to help keep the caramel from sticking if you run into that problem.
  10. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy cold or at room temperature.