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homemade caramel drizzled with chocolate set on a piece of brown parchment paper

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooling Time: 2 ½ hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 24 caramels 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Sweet, salty, bitter and chewy, these chocolate covered caramels are an absolute delight. Wrap individually in wax paper for a festive holiday gift.


  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)
  • ½ cup heavy cream*
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt + more for sprinkling
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (or bar, chopped)


  1. Line an 5×8-inch loaf pan with parchment; grease parchment.
  2. Bring butter and cream to boil. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt; let cool.
  3. Combine water, corn syrup and sugar with a wooden spoon or heat-proof rubber spatula in a large saucepan. Stir until sugar is saturated with water.
  4. Bring sugar solution to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook, without stirring, until sugar has dissolved and temperature reaches 300°F (149ºC), about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until edges of mixture start to turn a light amber and temperature reaches 320ºF  (160ºC) to 325ºF (163ºC), about 5 minutes.
  5. Once 320ºF  (160ºC) is reached, remove from heat. Carefully pour a quarter of the cream mixture into sugar syrup and swirl to incorporate. (Be careful, mixture will bubble.)
  6. Add remaining cream and butter mixture and stir to incorporate. Return pan to medium-high heat and cook, stirring frequently, until caramel reaches 240°F (115ºC) for softer caramels or 245ºF (118ºC) for chewier caramels, 5–10 minutes.
  7. Carefully pour caramel into prepared pan; allow caramel to cool for 20 minutes at room temperature, then sprinkle with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt and let cool until completely solid and cold to touch, 1–2 hours.
  8. Pull edges of parchment paper to release caramel from pan. Cut caramel into ¾-inch-wide strips and then crosswise into 1-inch pieces.
  9. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in microwave at 50% power in 30 second increments.
  10. Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate over caramels; let cool until set.
  11.  Individually wrap pieces in waxed-paper squares, twisting ends of paper to close. Caramels can be refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.


Use heavy cream or heavy whipping cream. Avoid using cream that’s simply labeled “whipping cream” as it might have a lower percentage of fat. For this recipe, your cream should have a minimum of 36% fat content.

Humidity can impact caramel making—I’ve found cool dry days result in the best caramels.

Keywords: homemade caramels, dark chocolate sea salt caramels,

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