Salted Chocolate Covered Caramels

These chocolate covered caramels are the ultimate treat! Thanks to homemade caramel and a little salt on top, they taste incredible. Perfect for gifting!

Chocolate Covered Caramels Recipe Video

We dip soft, buttery caramels into creamy chocolate for this recipe and top them with sea salt. They are almost irresistible! I’m using my recipe for homemade caramels, which hundreds of home cooks have used and loved.

These chocolate covered caramels are soft, chewy, and perfectly melt in your mouth. For another caramel recipe, see my homemade caramel sauce. Or, for another giftable treat, these chocolate truffles.

Chocolate Covered Caramels

Key Ingredients and Equipment

  • Chocolate: I recommend using good quality chocolate for the best results, whether you choose milk, dark, or white. Some brands I personally love are Ghirardelli, Callebaut, and Scharffen Berger.
  • Sugar: Plain granulated sugar is the way to go for this recipe.
  • Light Corn Syrup: While I don’t often use it in other recipes, it is key to achieving the best, most consistent caramel texture. However, if you’re in a pinch, I have successfully used pure honey or golden syrup as substitutes.
  • Butter: I use salted butter to enhance the flavor of these caramels. If you only have unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon of fine salt to the butter and cream mixture.
  • Heavy Cream: For soft and chewy caramels, choose higher-fat cream like “heavy cream” or “heavy whipping cream.” If you’re in the UK or Australia, double cream or thickened cream with at least 35% fat content will work beautifully.
  • Salt: To create salted chocolate covered caramels, sprinkle a finishing touch of flaked or grey sea salt over them while they’re still warm. Smoked salt is nice, too!
  • Equipment: For this recipe, you’ll need a candy thermometer for precise cooking, a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan to prevent scorching, and a standard 9×5-inch loaf pan to cool the caramel. I love using my 2-quart All-Clad saucepan for this smaller batch.

How to Make Chocolate Covered Caramels

Before making caramels at home, read through the recipe a few times, have all the equipment ready, and measure out the ingredients. Candy making can go by quickly, and if you’re not ready, things can go from good to bad fast.

Don’t try this recipe without a candy thermometer. The temperatures matter. Our recipe is a two-part process. First, we cook the sugar syrup (sugar, corn syrup, and water) and then add a mixture of cream and butter. For more details, I recommend watching our video or hopping over to this caramels recipe, where I share extra tips.

You’ll pour the caramel mixture into a lined loaf pan and let it cool for a few hours before cutting it into caramels. Then, you can dip them into melted chocolate.

How to Make Chocolate Covered Caramels: Cutting the homemade caramel

I melt the chocolate in the microwave, but you can use a double boiler. Then, we dunk each caramel into the chocolate (a messy, but delicious process!).

Dunking Caramels into Chocolate for Chocolate Covered Caramels

And finally, to make them really special, we add a sprinkle of sea salt on top.

Salted Chocolate Covered Caramels

Salted Chocolate Covered Caramels

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I love these chocolate-covered caramels, which are soft, chewy, and perfectly melt in your mouth. Before making these, get all the equipment ready and measure the ingredients. I love dark chocolate, but milk or white chocolate is lovely, too.

Makes 32 caramels

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

Homemade Caramels

1/2 cup (113g) butter

1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream or heavy whipping cream (36 to 40% butterfat content)

3 tablespoons (44ml) water

1/4 cup (60ml) light corn syrup

1 cup (200g) sugar

Chocolate Coating

1 pound (450g) high-quality chocolate, milk, dark, or white

2 tablespoons (28g) butter

1/2 teaspoon flaked sea salt, or more as needed

Directions

  • Make Caramels
  • 1Start by lightly oiling a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit inside the pan with at least an inch overhang on the sides. Lightly oil the parchment paper, place it in the pan, and set aside.

    2Cut the butter into 8 pieces, then add to a microwave-safe bowl. Add the heavy cream. Heat in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes until the butter melts and the mixture is hot. Set this aside for later use.

    3In a small saucepan, combine the water and corn syrup. Add the sugar, being careful not to splatter it on the sides of the pan. Gently stir the sugar into the water and corn syrup, just enough to moisten it.

    4Heat the mixture over medium heat until the sugar boils. Cover with a lid for 1 minute to create steam, which helps any sugar stuck to the sides melt back into the mixture.

    5Remove the lid and attach a candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan. Cook the sugar until it reaches 320°F (160°C) and turns a light amber color around the edges, 5 to 10 minutes.

    6Carefully and slowly pour about a sixth of the butter and cream mixture into the sugar, stirring with the base of the thermometer to incorporate it.

    7Repeat with the remaining cream and butter, adding it in small batches and stirring between each addition. The mixture will bubble vigorously, so proceed cautiously to prevent it from overflowing.

    8The temperature will drop after you add the cream and butter. Continue cooking until the caramel reaches 240°F (115°C), 5 to 10 minutes.

    9Once you reach 240°F (115°C), carefully pour the caramel into the prepared loaf pan. Let it cool completely (about 3 ½ hours).

    10Unmold the caramel. If it’s too soft to handle, refrigerate it for 30 to 45 minutes to firm up. Use a large, sharp knife to cut the caramel into your desired shape. We cut into 1-inch by 1-inch squares.

  • Dip Caramels in Chocolate
  • 1Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2Chop your chocolate into small pieces using a sturdy knife. Reserve about 1/3 cup of these chocolate pieces and set them aside.

    3Place the remaining chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the butter and microwave in 30 to 45 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the chocolate is almost completely melted.

    4Remove it from the microwave and stir in the reserved chocolate pieces. Continue stirring until the mixture is smooth and glossy.

    5To coat the caramels, use two forks to dip each caramel into the melted chocolate. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off, and then place the dipped caramel onto the prepared baking sheet. Immediately sprinkle a pinch of salt on top of each caramel.

    6Let the chocolate set completely at room temperature.

    7Once set, wrap each caramel in plastic wrap or waxed paper to protect them. Enjoy them immediately, refrigerate them for up to two weeks, or freeze them for up to a month.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Equipment I use: I use a standard candy thermometer (a Taylor thermometer is shown in the video and photos) and a 1 ½ to 2-quart heavy, thick-bottomed saucepan (I love my All-Clad D5 2-quart).
  • Salted butter: After years of making these, I prefer salted butter. If you have unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon of fine salt. You can also use unsalted butter, which we use in the video.
  • Doubling the recipe: I generally don’t recommend doubling this caramels recipe. Doubling the recipe can make it difficult to control the temperature accurately, which is crucial for achieving the right texture and consistency in caramels. If you need a larger quantity, it’s best to make multiple batches. However, if you’re experienced with candy-making and have a large enough pot, you can try doubling the recipe. Just be extra vigilant about monitoring the temperature and adjusting cooking times.
  • This recipe has been inspired and adapted from Jacques Pépin’s book, “Chez Jacques: Traditions and Rituals of a Cook.”
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We included all of the chocolate in the calculations, which is unlikely as you will have some leftover.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 caramel / Calories 141 / Tota Fat 8.3g / Cholesterol 11.7mg / Sodium 39.1mg / Carbohydrate 17.5g / Dietary Fiber 1g / Total Sugars 16.4g / Protein 1.1g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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104 comments… Leave a Review
  • Sammy April 26, 2024, 9:07 pm

    These were absolutely delicious! I’ve never made any that were better. I put the salt on too early and some of it melted into the warm chocolate, but they were still delicious. Thank you!

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    • Joanne April 29, 2024, 1:26 pm

      Wow, what a lovely comment. Thank you, Sammy.

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  • Pamela A. Salyer February 2, 2024, 3:56 pm

    I plan to suprise my daughter after her back surgery with the salted chocolate covered caramels. She loves the variety of sea salt caramels I get from a store in Asheville. Do you have any suggestions on adding a touch of heat/spice to these?

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    • Joanne July 17, 2024, 9:07 pm

      Hi Pamela, If you have gochugaru (Korean chili powder), cayenne, or another interesting chili pepper powder, I’d add a pinch or more of that.

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  • Ginger June 10, 2023, 12:34 am

    I have made your salted caramels several times with great success and love them! I’d like to make chocolate covered caramels and incorporate a pecan half in each for my turtle candy-loving dad. Any suggestion about how best to do this will be very much appreciated. Thanks, Joanne.

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    • Roxanne July 25, 2023, 9:55 pm

      I add pecan halves by setting aside a few of the newly made caramels and microwave them just until they melt (maybe 15 seconds). then using a spoon, place enough of the melted caramel on the caramel squares and place the pecans on top. They will cool quickly and will be firmly attached. Chocolate dip them as usual.

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  • Rebecca February 19, 2023, 7:26 am

    I’ve made these three times by following the recipe exactly – and they came out successfully all three times. I used the caramel to make turtles the third time by pouring a Tbsp. or so over each mound of three or more pecans. I waited for a short time for the caramel to cool slightly but not too much. After they cooled, I spooned melted chocolate over each one, covering the caramel only on the top. They were great – almost too good!!!! Valentine’s Day Treat. I tried making caramels without using corn syrup from another recipe, and it was a total disaster, the sugar totally crystallized on first step. This recipe is reliable and good.

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  • Rose December 13, 2021, 5:02 pm

    Can i substitte golden corn syrup?

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    • Joanne December 15, 2021, 5:28 pm

      Hi Rose, We have not tried this ourselves, but it might work for you. You will have to let us know how it goes.

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  • Patricia Bradley December 27, 2020, 6:56 pm

    Is that right when first boiling the water sugar and corn syrup, the temperature has to reach 320F ?

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    • Joanne September 23, 2022, 12:07 pm

      Yep.

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  • Adrianne December 22, 2020, 10:02 am

    This is delicious. a 300g bag of semi sweet chocolate chips was perfect and then I didn’t have to chop it. : )

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  • Christie December 10, 2020, 12:36 pm

    My favorite caramels to make every year! I did the chocolate covered ones for the first time and I love them! Very easy recipe to follow. I’ve never ruined the caramels following your recipe. Thank you!!!

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  • Sylvia Benitez December 7, 2020, 1:18 pm

    I would like to make some of the chocolate covered caramels and send to my parents in Maryland. I live in Texas. Will they travel? other websites say caramels last up to 6 months. Yours says 2 weeks. so can I mail? thank you so much and wonderful website.

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    • Adam December 17, 2020, 2:41 pm

      Yes, you should be able to mail them. We would recommend wrapping them very well. (As long as the temperature during shipping doesn’t get too hot)

      Reply
  • Oonagh Nolan October 13, 2020, 11:09 am

    I’ve been making these delicious sweets for a few years now. Through trial and error I found that I had the heat up too high and the sugar syrup went too dark and hadn’t even reached the required temp. on the thermometer. I lowered the heat and everything was peachy !!

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  • Marcia Crandall April 15, 2020, 12:43 am

    Can I use chocolate chips instead of chopping the chocolate?

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    • Adam September 18, 2021, 1:57 pm

      Yes

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  • Maria February 18, 2019, 6:48 pm

    Thank you!! This looks amazing!!

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  • Patricia December 19, 2018, 7:17 pm

    Joann, I want to complement you on your recommendation to read recipes thoroughly several times prior to starting. So many recipes are ruined because the cook isn’t prepared for the next step in a recipe. Another important part of cooking successfully is what we call mise en place. And what that consists of is having all the ingredients and tools readily available prior to starting a recipe. The preparation of your pan prior to making caramel is part of the mise en place for that recipe. These steps, reading and mise en place are so important for successful cooking!

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  • Deidre G September 11, 2018, 8:41 pm

    Hi, for the 3 1/2 hours for the caramel to set, do you leave it on the counter or put it in the fridge?

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    • Joanne September 12, 2018, 12:40 pm

      We leave it on the counter.

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      • Jennifer January 30, 2019, 9:34 pm

        I just made the caramels but they need to cool for 3 1/2 hours and I need to go to bed. Can I just put a plastic wrap over the loaf pan and leave them overnight on the counter until I can get to covering them with chocolate tomorrow mid day?

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        • Adam December 17, 2020, 2:39 pm

          You absolutely can 🙂

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  • Jen August 7, 2018, 10:00 am

    Could I add cocoa powder to make these a chocolate caramel?

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    • Joanne August 7, 2018, 1:15 pm

      Hi Jen, You can. I’ve done this before. I think I added about a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder.

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