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Top 10 Caramel Recipes

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Soft, chewy, sweet, and buttery, caramels are a classic candy with a distinctive taste and texture. These 10 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.

1. Soft Caramels

soft caramels
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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.

2. Sea Salt Caramels

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

3. Peanut Caramels

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

4. Apple Cider Caramels

apple cider caramels
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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.

5. Coffee Caramels

Coffee Caramels
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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.

6. Dulce de Leche Pecan Bites

Dulce de Leche Pecan Bites
(c) 2009 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

This is one of my 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.

7. Turtle Candies

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

8. Spiced Caramels

Spiced Caramels
(c) 2010 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Spiced Caramels have the flavors of cinnamon and cardamom infused into the traditional caramel elements of cooked sugar, vanilla, cream, and butter. The resulting caramels have a wonderfully aromatic flavor and a smooth, rich texture that's not too stiff and not too soft.

9. Chocolate Pecan Caramels

Chocolate Pecan Caramels
(c) 2010 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

One reviewer says, "This was really easy to make and tasted amazing." If you try these, I think you'll find that the rich chocolate caramel, studded with toasted pecans, will win you over too.

10. Caramel-Wrapped Pretzel Rods

Caramel Peanut Butter Pretzels
(c) 2009 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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 this candy!

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