Incredible Caramel Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Incredible Caramel Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Hali Bey Ramdene
Nov 15, 2015

We love it when caramel takes the lead in sweet treats, bringing that distinct, deep sugary flavor to everything from muffins to brownies. But don't think that means we don't love this stuff by the spoonful. Caramel candies plus a recipe for how to make your own means you're just a drizzle away from sweet dreams.

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1. Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Oatmeal

Pineapple upside-down cake meets oatmeal in this sweet take on everyone's go-to breakfast. The pineapples caramelize while the oatmeal cooks, so really, there's no good reason to skip adding this sweet take on breakfast to your oatmeal arsenal.

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2. Soft & Chewy Caramel Candies

A perennial holiday favorite, homemade caramel candies, with their soft and chewy texture and buttery richness, make a great gift. Add a sprinkle of sea salt and these caramels start to feel a bit elegant.

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3. Raw Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Coconut Vanilla Icing and Ginger Date Caramel

Don't think just because these cupcakes are raw and gluten-free means they won't satisfy your sweet tooth. The ginger date caramel made from a blend of dates and maple syrup might not be a true caramel, but it certainly hits the spot.

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4. Caramel Fudge Brownies with Marshmallow Cream

Caramel meets chocolate in this Rocky Road-inspired take on classic fudgy brownies. Plan to make these brownies the day before you want to eat them; they need a few extra hours to let the flavors meld.

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5. How to Make Caramel Sauce

Sure you can buy a jar of caramel sauce, but there's nothing like making your own. You can control the depth of sweetness, not to mention your kitchen will be perfumed with the smell of cooking sugar.

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6. Pumpkin-Spiced Caramel Corn

Even if you're a bit tired of pumpkin-flavored everything, this caramel corn scented with pumpkin pie spice gives you a seasonal treat in the form of a snack you can eat by the handful.

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7. Ginger Cinnamon Caramels

Give the sweetness of caramel candies a spicy punch with a generous hit of ginger extract. Unlike the addition of fresh ginger, the extract won't affect the texture of these caramels.

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8. Caramel Banana Cake

Which ingredient is really the star of this cake? It's a toss-up: It could be the mashed ripe bananas that make it one of the moistest cakes you'll ever bake, or maybe it's the pools of caramel that get swirled into the batter and then poured over top. Who are we kidding? There's no competition here! Bananas and caramel are the ultimate dream team and this cake is the proof.

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9. Caramel-Pecan Sticky Buns

These ultra-sticky buns begin with a spoonful of caramel in a muffin cup and end up coated with sugar-glazed pecans. Make them for breakfast and watch the smiles show up after the first bite.

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9. Sticky Caramel-Pecan Babka Loaves

Part cinnamon bun, part brioche, this hybrid dessert encases a mixture of pecans, cinnamon, and sugar in a pillowy loaf of egg-enriched bread. We can't help swooning over the flavor just as much as its good looks.

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9. Salted Coffee Caramel Sauce

There was a point in time where you could turn your head and find a dessert dripping in salted caramel no matter where you looked. Even though there's no sign that its popularity is waning, why not learn how to make your own? Besides, it's important to have stuff like this around for drizzling over ice cream, or you know ... eating by the spoonful.

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