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Christmas Ale Beer Caramels are a soft, chewy treat made with Christmas Ale with hints of cinnamon and vanilla perfect for holidays and holiday gifts!

Christmas Ale Caramels

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter plus extra for preparing the dish
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup Christmas Ale
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper leaving excess paper hanging over the side
  2. Coat parchment with butter
  3. Heat butter, cream, and salt in a saucepan on medium heat until butter is melted, remove from heat and set aside
  4. In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, and beer. Stir until all the sugar is moistened and a thick paste is formed.
  5. Wipe down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to remove sugar crystals above the surface of the sugar mixture
  6. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of pan according to product instructions
  7. Do not stir the sugar after this point
  8. Put the pot with sugar mixture over medium to medium high heat. Let the syrup come to a boil without stirring.
  9. When the syrup reaches 250 degrees F, but before it reaches 325 degrees F turn off the heat.
  10. Slowly pour the warm cream and butter mixture into the sugar syrup while whisking the sugar syrup gently
  11. The sugar syrup will bubble up and triple in size.
  12. When all the cream and butter mixture has been added, stop whisking
  13. Return the pan to medium to medium-high heat. Let the mixture come to a boil without stirring. It will start as a soft buttery yellow ans then darken to a reddish-brown caramel. Remove from heat when it reaches 245 to 250 degrees F.
  14. Quickly whisk in the vanilla
  15. Pour caramel into the prepared pan, but do not scrape the bottom of the pan because there could be little burnt bits
  16. Set the pan somewhere for at least 2 hours or overnight in order for the caramel to set
  17. When set, turn caramel out onto a cutting board and cut with a sharp sturdy knife to desired shapes
  18. Wrap with candy wrappers or pieces of parchment paper