Honey Salted Caramels

What I love most about the Holidays is being able to spend time with the ones I care about most.

Which means I am not interested in spending countless hours in the kitchen cleaning up sticky messes, and stuck on food. We all know that I am always looking for the easiest way to do things, and this Holiday is no different. I’ve got my secret weapon that I’ll use to ensure that all my recipes come out right the first time and I’m not left cleaning up a mess in the kitchen and missing the party.

So what’s my secret weapon? PAM Cooking Spray!

I love using this handy non-stick cooking spray to save me precious time AND valuable ingredients while making my recipes.

Take these Honey Salted Caramels for instance…

Honey Salted Caramels

Have you ever tried to measure out 1 cup of honey? You almost never get every drop of honey back out of the measuring cup, which can result in a recipe FAILURE!

When it comes to making your Holiday recipes – every. drop. counts.

Solution – use PAM! :)

Simply spray the inside of your measuring cup with a little bit of PAM Cooking Spray, and watch the honey come sliding right out.

Every. Last. Drop.

Isn’t that neat!?

This trick works for any sticky substance – corn syrup, maple syrup, agave nectar, etc.

Not only can you use PAM to coat the inside of your measuring cup, I even used it to coat the inside of the pot I made these Honey Salted Caramels in! After my 3rd attempt of perfecting this recipe, and seeing all that leftover caramel sticking to my pot, a light bulb went off. Spray the pan with PAM too!

Did you know that PAM Cooking Spray leaves up to 99% less residue buildup than margarine or bargain brand cooking sprays, while still offering superior no-stick results? Winning!

Plus their formula contains zero calories, so no worries on that end!

Making Caramels can be a teensy-bit intimidating, but I’ve taken step by step pictures to show you how simple it can be.

There are a couple things you’re going to need to make sure you get perfect results: A candy thermometer and PAM.

Start by tracing around a 9×9 or 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving 1 inch on each side. Cut and place the parchment paper inside the pan, then spray lightly with PAM Cooking Spray.

Make sure you have all your ingredients out and ready to go because the process can go quickly if you’re not prepared.

Spray the inside of your pot (I used a 3 quart size pot) with PAM Cooking Spray to make sure you get all your caramel out later on.

Spray the inside of the measuring cup that you’re going to use for the honey, and get that ready to go!

How to make Honey Salted Caramels

Melt the butter over medium high heat, reduce heat to just over medium and then add the cream, honey and brown sugar.

Give it a little whisking to break up any brown sugar that is being stubborn.

Attach the candy thermometer to the side of your pot, making sure to NOT let it touch the bottom of the pan (if it does it can give you an inaccurate reading).

Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat again to just below medium.

The caramel mixture will rise and bubble rapidly, but just let it do it’s thing. Don’t stir it.

We are trying to bring the caramel slowly up to 250 degrees F, while still set just below medium heat. This process should take around 30-40 minutes. Hang out nearby, grab a magazine, play Candy Crush, surf Facebook… just don’t go too far cause you want to keep an eye on the temperature.

You’ll notice you’re getting close because the caramel mixture will reduce in size. Once it reaches 250 degrees remove it from the heat.

Carefully add the vanilla and use the end of your thermometer to gently stir the caramel. Pour the honey caramel into your prepared pan. Use caution because it’s EXTREMELY hot!

Let your caramels sit and come to room temperature. I set mine on a cooling rack by an open window to speed up the process.

Once it’s cool you can sprinkle it with coarse or flaked sea salt.

This caramel is a very soft caramel at room temperature. It’s best when stored in the fridge. So once they are at room temperature throw them in the fridge for at least 3 hours before cutting into pieces and wrapping with wax paper.

Honey Salted Caramels

I could not be more happy with these sweet little caramels.

The touch of sea salt on top really brightens the flavor of the honey.

Honey Salted Caramels

I love wrapping these tiny morsels in wax paper and keeping them in the fridge for when friends or family come to visit.

It’s the perfect way to let them think I slaved all day in the kitchen for them… when really, it was a snap thanks to PAM! (and this crazy awesome tutorial…)

Honey Salted Caramels

So tell me…

What’s your favorite holiday “time-saving” tip?? 

What secrets do you have that allow you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your loved ones? Your answer could win you a $100 Visa gift card! Wouldn’t that just be perfect for the upcoming holidays?! Imagine… $100 and some Honey Salted Caramels… life couldn’t get any better! ;)

Honey Salted Caramels

Yield: makes 84 small caramels

Honey Salted Caramels

These Honey Salted Caramels are the perfect blend of sweet with just the right amount of salt. Very soft at room temperature, so store these guys in the fridge for best results!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp flaked or coarse sea salt

Instructions

  1. Be sure to have all ingredients measured and ready to go before starting.
  2. Line an 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper, so that it comes up 1 inch on all sides. Lightly spray with PAM Cooking Spray. Set aside.
  3. Spray a 3 quart size pot with PAM Cooking Spray, add the butter and melt over MEDIUM-HIGH heat.
  4. Add the honey, cream and brown sugar. Stir gently with a whisk. Reduce heat to JUST ABOVE MEDIUM.
  5. Attach your candy thermometer to the side of your pot, making sure that it does not touch the bottom of the pan.
  6. Once the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat to JUST BELOW MEDIUM, and let it simmer there for 30-40 minutes until it reaches 250 degrees F.
  7. Remove from heat, add the vanilla and use the candy thermometer to gently stir it in. Carefully pour the caramel into the prepared pan. Let cool until room temperature and then sprinkle with the sea salt.
  8. Place in fridge and let chill for at least 3 hours before lifting parchment out of pan and cutting into small pieces. Wrap pieces in wax paper and store in fridge. Enjoy!

Notes from Shawn

Use PAM Cooking Spray to coat your measuring cup before adding the honey to ensure you get every last drop!

http://www.iwashyoudry.com/2013/11/20/honey-salted-caramels/
 

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  1. i do as my prep work and cooking the day before a holiday so I can spend more time with my family and guests on the day.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  2. my tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/403238272698028032
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  3. my tip is to plan ahead and cook the day before celebration

  4. My short cut is making cookies in advance and then freezing them, I also tend to do that with scones, fruit pies and pound cakes as well! I also admit sometimes when I am short on time to using ready made frosting.

  5. I try to make as much as I can ahead of time and menu plan.

  6. amber toliver says:

    so going to add these to my Christmas candy making!! thanks!!

  7. I use multiple slow cookers. Put it in the pot and leave it.

  8. Time saving tip? Minimize. Do gift exchanges where you draw names instead of buying gifts for everyone. Cut down on baking by giving your friends and neighbors a pineapple or a bottle of Martinelli’s with a bow on it. Budget your time and money and make a plan before Christmas shopping!

  9. I do whatever I can ahead of time.

  10. I always buy a pie from Costco. The pumkin is delicious and it saves me time for other things.

  11. I tweeted!

  12. Divide the tasks and do a lot of prepping beforehand. My husband is going to help me out with some of the cooking this year, so that I’m not overwhelmed.

  13. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/403329522314928128

  14. Jenn Edwards says:

    My favorite time saving tip is to make a list! There is always so much to remember. Forgetting something at the grocery store is the worst. I keep my list with me at all times to i can add to it throughout the day.

  15. I try to wrap gifts as I bring them home, even if the tree isn’t up yet. Saves the mad rush later on when I’d rather be in the kitchen.

  16. stacy hall says:

    I tried your chocolate caramel candies last year, maybe I’ll makes these ones this year too!

    I tweeted and blogged it!
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    https://twitter.com/stacyhall211/status/403344405286748160

  17. Oh my, those sound yummy!
    My favorite tip is to make whatever I can ahead of time. I love to do a makeahead casserole for xmas day.

  18. get your mom to come over and help you- makes things go MUCH quicker….

  19. i start cooking the night before

  20. Love that you made caramels with honey! These sound so good!
    I always try to make cookies that can be frozen ahead of time so that I have less baking to do the couple weeks right before!

  21. amy pugmire says:

    I like to cook early and freeze my cookie dough. My kids love to help and we also deliver them to our friends and family so it saves a bunch of time having the dough already made.

  22. amy pugmire says:
  23. What a beautiful and yummy gift!! My time saving tip is to combine baking and cooking projects for the holidays to one to two days and do it at one time. Saves on clean up and packaging and everything.

  24. Cook ahead and freeze it.

  25. Ask everyone to contribute to holiday dinners. This ensures one person doesn’t get stuck in the kitchen all day.

  26. Susan Smith says:

    My tip is to prep and make ahead as much as possible so you have more time to socialize when your guests come.

  27. Susan Smith says:
  28. I make stock and cookie dough in a large quantity and freeze it in plastic bags.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  29. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/404476744800808960

  30. Make big batches of cookies and freeze them if you can!

  31. I spray Pam on wax paper and lay that on top of a bowl of dough that’s rising. Then it won’t stick if it rises up to the paper.

  32. Such a great recipe! Could you leave the honey out and have this recipe still work well? Just curious. :)

  33. I get up early. I seem to be more efficient in the AM, so anything I can get done before noon takes me less time.

  34. I have nothing magical to add; just that I prepare as much as humanly possible beforehand.

  35. make your family pitch in.. kids, husband etc. And start super early!

  36. amy pugmire says:

    we make a variety of cookies for our neighbors and friends during the holiday season. I usually do it a little earlier and make a huge batch and freeze it. That way I just have to though out the dough and bake it instead of waiting till the last minute to make the whole thing.

  37. amy pugmire says:
  38. karen medlin says:

    I don’t stress out with trying to make 5 or more different cookies, my daughters and friends all pick one cookie recipe and make several dozens cookies and we do a cookie exchange. Another one is keep all my cooking utensil that I use daily close by, the others are stored in the back of the cabinet drawer. On weekends I cook a double or triple batch of pancakes and freeze the rest for quick morning breakfast.

  39. nannypanpan says:
  40. We have so many Christmas baking traditions- decorated sugar cookies, wreathes made from cornflakes, Chex Mix, etc. :) My best tip is to make double batches and freeze when possible!

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  41. My favorite holiday “time-saving” tip is double or even triple the recipe for my homemade gift-giving. That way, I don’t have to wash the pods and pans 3 times! And get things out of the way much faster.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  42. Wild Orchid says:

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/411672538771894272

  43. Wild Orchid says:

    I love doing as much prep work in advance, like chopping veggies in bulk ahead of time.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  44. These caramels are amazing Shawn! Pinned and shared on FB :)

  45. These sound so delectable!!

  46. Danielle F. says:

    Make cooking a family affair – who says that you need to cook and bake everything alone while your family does their own thing? Find recipes that can be fun and safe to do with the family – it allows you to have family time while in the kitchen and have less things to do.

  47. Danielle F. says:

    Not sure if my post went through. Just in case..
    tweet: https://twitter.com/HuggingItOut/status/413775058859868162

  48. I have to admit, I sometimes start with ready made items. Just dress them up a little.
    Oreo’s/cream cheese to make Oreo Truffles
    Peanut butter/vanilla wafers and choc. bark to make Peanut Butter Dreams
    Can of cinnamon rolls to make my Walnut Cranberry Breakfast rolls.
    Shortcuts-that’s what I’m talking about.

  49. i sue slow cooker to save some time

  50. Wanda McHenry says:

    I save time by prepping all ingredients before I start cooking or baking.

  51. Wanda McHenry says:
  52. Mindy Merenghi says:

    Clean as you go :)

  53. Use silipats when making cookies

  54. I make a lot of things ahead of time and freeze them for when it’s party time!

  55. Rebecca Graham says:

    Don’t sweat the small stuff and ask for help if needed.

  56. my tip is to plan ahead and make sure you have all of your ingredients before you get started!

  57. My biggest time saving tip is using my crockpot. I make my veggie bbq meatballs, chili, veggie soup, etc. in it and it is fantastic!

  58. maria cantu says:

    Use a slow cooker so you won’t be ruahed at the end of the day.

  59. My time saver is having everything prepped before I start cooking or baking,

  60. Make double entrees and freeze half for another meal where you just make fresh sides.

  61. I like to make recipes that don’t need a lot of attention like soups and stews or oven meals.

  62. For a big holiday meal, I like to prepare everything the night before and throw in the crock pot and let that do the cooking all day. When it comes to using Pam, when I make spaghetti, I’ll spray some Pam in the water while boiling the spaghetti so the noodles don’t stick together

  63. I use a chopper to shop up little chocolate bars when making chocolate chip cookies. I also wipe the pan that I just sprayed with Pam to make sure that the extra bit of pam doesn’t burn into the pan.

  64. I prepare what I can beforehand.

  65. Let others pitch in. Girls help me bake, hubs does the dishes.

  66. Cindy Merrill says:

    Easy Holiday breakfast turnovers: Roll out canned biscuit dough, cut into squares, place a sausage patty on each square, add shredded cheese, maybe a spoonful of scrambled egg. Fold cross ways, spray baking pan with PAM, cook 20 minutes or until golden brown.

  67. Shannon Baas says:

    I make as much as I can in advance.

  68. Erica Best says:

    when i make dressing i used the blender i add chicken stock and all the vegs and they are small so noone knows whats in it lol

  69. Erica Best says:
  70. kathy pease says:

    My daughter and I help each other baking goodies and with dinner itismorefun with a loved one and a lot less work :)

  71. kathy pease says:
  72. Theron Willis says:

    Put a ham in the oven and walk away. No fuss.

  73. The closer we get to the holidays, the crazier things get so we try to bake and cook some things in advance then freeze them.

  74. plan ahead and make sure you have all the ingredients

  75. Francine Anchondo says:

    I like to use parchment paper and Pam for my cookies .

  76. I clean up the kitchen as I go so it never gets too messy!

  77. Stephanie V. says:

    plan and prep the night before – key to success! Use Pam for all of my baking needs – cookies and cupcakes!!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  78. Lauren-Olivia Wood says:

    Prep all ingredients ahead of baking or cooking!

  79. I assemble as many dishes ahead of time as possible and them bake them the day I will eat them.

  80. I prebake as much as I can and clean the kitchen as I bake so I can spend time with the family

  81. My favorite holiday smart cut is: I shell pecans and walnuts all year long and freeze them. For holiday baking I just grab a bag from the freezer. Saves time and saves a lot of money by not having to buy shelled nuts at Christmas time.

  82. My best tip is to do the prep work ahead of time, like the chopping of fruits and veggies, to save time on the day you have to cook. Or you can even buy them already chopped at the Supermarket sometimes.

  83. Have all ingredients out before you start!

  84. Mendy Dinsmore says:

    I get my family to help with chores before the crowd arrives.

  85. Mendy Dinsmore says:
  86. Stephanie Larison says:

    Prep what you can before the big event. There’s lots of things that can be made up or cooked beforehand, and fixed up later!

  87. Sue Barney says:

    Have all my supplies on hand , prep as much as possible beforehand, and I make my cookie dough at the end of November and freeze it so its ready when I am :)

  88. I always use simple holiday recipes.

  89. I buy a lot that is frozen and ready to make as I’m tired of cooking with all the people here for the holiday

  90. I have others in the household help out in the kitchen to reduce the stress from cooking and baking. It’s all about teamwork. :)

  91. tina reynolds says:

    layout everything before make sure too give your self plenty of prep space

  92. My best tip is getting help in the kitchen for prep!

  93. tina reynolds says:
  94. Margaret Smith says:

    We love baking cookies for gifts for friends and family. A few weeks before Christmas, we prepare large batches of dough that we freeze. Then a few days before Christmas, we start to cook the cookies with the dough that we previously made. The prep time is cut out and so is most of the clean up time and the cookies come out the same.

  95. Margaret Smith says:
  96. soha molina says:

    Try to cook ahead as much as you can.

  97. soha molina says:
  98. I prepare as much as I can the night before–less chopping the next day.

  99. Alexandra Roach says:

    I love caramel!!

  100. Alexandra Roach says:
  101. lorayne gothard says:

    My best time saving holiday tip is simple, you make sure you start dinner in a clean kitchen with an empty dishwasher. That way, as you are cooking, you can rinse your used dishes off and stick them in the dishwasher as you go along. At the end of the meal you will have very little mess left, and more time with family.

  102. lorayne gothard says:

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  103. joseph gersch says:

    my favorite holiday time saving tip is to enlist in family help for cooking

  104. tracey byram says:

    I make as much as possible the day before and enlist family help in the kitchen

  105. We love our food processor for chopping and slicing and saving time

  106. Have everything out, measured and ready so you can just follow the recipe quickly and easily!

  107. Karen Gonyea says:

    I start thinking about Christmas on January 1st…..whenever I see a little something that someone might like, I pick it up, or when I see really good deals on baking supplies, I pick those up so I’m one step ahead !!

  108. I use a food chopped or food processor as often as I can to speed things up in the kitchen.

  109. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I make easy recipes

  110. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  111. Nicole Larsen says:

    I split the cooking with the in laws which makes our holidays a TON easier! I also do as much prep work as I can the night before!

  112. Nicole Larsen says:
  113. Thomas Murphy says:

    Prepare as much as possible ahead of time.

  114. Thomas Murphy says:
  115. I have my oldest kids make desserts and side items

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  116. tweet

    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/417370440731201536
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  117. Buddy Garrett says:

    I use canned or frozen fruits and vegetables to cut down on the preparation time.

  118. Prepare as much of your recipes ahead of time as you can.

  119. Beverly Metcalf says:

    I have never made caramels, but those look really good. I try to plan ahead as much as possible. I make out my menu and then go shopping and then prepare as much as possible before the holiday comes. Thanks.

  120. Janice Cooper says:

    My tip is to plan and prepare ahead of time. This way you will be organized and have all your ingredients for your meals and make sure the ingredients you have already are fresh. For instance my lemon extract had expired.

  121. Janice Cooper says:
  122. Sarah Hirsch says:

    to spend less time in the kitchen and more with family, bring the whole family into the kitchen and have everyone help out

  123. My favorite tip is to let my husband do the preparation and cooking so that I have more time to spend with the rest of the family. Seriously, I like to prep everything ahead of time and be familiar with the recipe before I begin.

    Amy

  124. susan smoaks says:

    to save time during the holidays i bake my favorite recipes that i have down to a science

  125. Hollie Jahnke says:

    We make things the night before so we have more time with family.

  126. Always do prep work first.

  127. 4 friends and I had a cookie party. Each of us brought one type of dough already mixed up so we could begin baking right away. This make what could be a huge chore into a really fun day! (we ended up making 14 different things) Oh, and the hostess supplied lunch and sangria and one gal made a spreadsheet and did all the shopping so we could easily split the costs.

  128. Susan Ladd says:

    I plan out what day I am going to be baking and make sure that I have everything before I start . Thanks for this awesome sweep and have a Happy New Year :)

  129. Joanna Allison says:

    My secret is to clean as you go.

  130. Do as much as you can beforehand to make it easy on yourself.
    Thanks for the contest.

  131. I use parchment paper for easy clean up

  132. prepare things ahead of time

  133. Oh my, these look incredible! I like to save time during the holidays by planning ahead. I pre-chop veggies, make dishes that can refregerate, etc.

  134. My favorite tip is to prepare ahead as much as possible. Freezer friendly meals are a lifesaver.

  135. I plan out what day I am going to be baking

  136. I get all my shopping for gifts done ahead of time and I cook up as much as I can ahead of time so I can enjoy the holiday with family

  137. My tip for gifts comes from my mother-in-law: during the summer, gather your fruits for your jellies and make your juice. Place the juice in the freezer, and when harvest time slows down, you can pull out the juice, thaw it, and can your jellies for gifts.

  138. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I enlist the help of family and friends in the kitchen-even the littlest child loves to help!

  139. When using peanut butter in a recipe I melt it in the microwave before mixing it with other ingredients – much easier to mix, blends better, and takes half the time!

  140. Carolyn Walton says:

    Gather the ingredients and utensils for the next recipe while completing the current project.

  141. I hate chopping onions and garlic so I pick up the frozen garlic cubes and pre-chopped onions from Trader Joes. I know I pay more but after a long day at work, it is so worth it.

  142. Marla Crews says:

    To save time, I plan out my preparations and enlist my teenaged daughter in the process. By doing this, I not only delegate the smaller tasks, but also teach my daughter how to cook the recipes used by my mother and grandmother and to pass on a family tradition. Also, we use the dishwasher and load it as we go so the dishes can be washed while we’re busy with other things.

    https://twitter.com/deafsongbird/status/417473737995612160

  143. I make the desserts a day before the event.

  144. Tracie Trump says:

    My best tip is when other offer to bring food or help with cleanup, Let them!

  145. Tracie Trump says:

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  146. I combine the two! By having the kids help in the kitchen, I get to spend time with them AND they do some of the work, so I spend less time in the kitchen too :)

  147. My time saving tip is to have my husband do the dirty dishes as I cook.

  148. I hate to admit it, but I sometimes use the already made sugar cookie dough in a tube…….when I need to save time during the holidays………

  149. Michelle L says:

    Whenever I roll dough I put it between two sheets of wax paper, it prevents sticking and is easier to clean!

  150. christine burd says:

    I use cake mixes to make cookies and use parchment paper when baking

  151. Hi there, do you think it’s possible to introduce a little bit of dark spiced rum into this recipe? I am afraid of putting too much of a liquid consistency, or of adding too much moisture. Thanks a lot!

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