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Mulberry Caramel

Mulberry Caramel


Mulberry Caramel

People shy away from caramel because they think it's some complicated process that needs a candy thermometer. This recipe shows you that there's an easy, fast, and delicious way to make a caramel-esque sauce for your next ice cream sundae.


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  • 1 1/2 Cup minced mulberries
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup apple cider
  • 2 Tablespoons Grand Marnier
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • Ice cream, for serving
  • Fresh berries, for garnish


Calories Per Serving74

Folate equivalent (total)0.8µg0.2%

When we first made caramels, we admit, things did not always work out. In fact, some time ago, we published a salted caramel recipe on this very blog. It worked for us, but not for others. So, we went back to the drawing boards and did our best to learn more. That’s how we can confidently share the following tricks as well as this new and improved salted caramels recipe.

Here’s the deal: Making caramels at home is easy, you just need to know these 7 tricks.

Read the Recipe All The Way Through Before You Start

Before you begin making caramels make sure you you’ve read through the recipe a couple times and have all equipment ready and ingredients measured out. Candy making can go by quickly and if you’re not ready, things can go from good to bad fast.

Do This to Prevent Crystallization

When making caramels, it is important to do everything you can to prevent crystallization, which can make your caramels grainy, ruining the texture.

For our recipe, when you’re adding the sugar to the pan, add it slowly and with control. It’s best not to allow the sugar to splash up the sides of the pan as this can cause crystallization. With that said, even when we make our caramels, we will sometimes see a few rogue sugar crystals on the sides of our pan.

To prevent crystallization, do this:

Once you have brought the water, corn syrup and sugar to a boil, we ask that you cover the pan and leave it be for one minute. This traps steam and moisture in the pan and helps melt any sugar crystals that may have found their way up the sides of the pan.

Try not to stir sugar as it cooks. In our recipe, we ask that you stir to moisten sugar before bringing it to a boil. This is fine, but after that, there is no need to stir until you begin to add the butter and cream – even then, though, we only ask that you use the bottom of the candy thermometer to stir, not a spoon.

Make Sure You Use The Right Kind of Cream

In our recipe, we call for “heavy cream” or “heavy whipping cream.” If you check the back nutrition panel of cream cartons, you will notice that the percentage of butterfat can vary. For our caramels recipe we need cream that contains at least 36% butterfat. So, use either “heavy cream” or “heavy whipping cream” since they contain 36% or more. Do not use “whipping cream,” since that is only made up of 30%.

Use a Candy Thermometer

Don’t try this 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 we add the cream and butter.

Since this recipe has two stages, there are two temperatures to look out for:

In the first stage, we ask that you cook sugar, corn syrup and water until it reaches 320 degrees F (160 degrees C). According to the stages of candy making, this is past what is called the “hard-crack stage,” which means there is virtually no water left in the sugar syrup and if you were to drop a little of the molten sugar into cold water, it would become brittle and most likely crack when bent. The “hard crack stage” is when the sugar syrup is between 300 and 310 degrees F (149 and 154 degrees C). Since we are passing this stage, the sugar syrup will start to “caramelize” and you will actually notice that the syrup will begin to take on an amber color. It is important not to pass 320 degrees F (160 degrees C).

In the second stage, after reaching 320 degrees F (160 degrees C), we ask that you add a butter and cream mixture to the sugar syrup. Then, you will cook that until 240 degrees F (115 degrees C). At this temperature the once the caramels have cooled completely, they will be soft and chewy. If you wanted a slightly harder caramel, you could bring the temperature closer to 245 degrees F (118 degrees C).

One more note about temperature and candy thermometers. Most candy thermometers will show an “immersion” line. From our experience, the majority of candy recipes will never be large enough of a batch to actually reach the immersion line. With that said, we have found success as long as the tip of the thermometer is fully immersed. Also, most candy thermometers have a guard to prevent the thermometer from touching the bottom of the pan, if yours does not have this guard, make sure the tip of the thermometer never touches the bottom of the pan as this will affect how accurate the thermometer reading will be.

Don’t Double the Recipe

Don’t double or triple caramel recipes. Timing is essential when making caramel and doubling a recipe can affect cooking time, something that could affect your end results.

Don’t Sweat the Cleanup, Here’s How to Do It

Cleaning the pot and candy thermometer after making caramels can be a little sticky. From our experience, we’ve found that if you add water to the pan then bring it to a boil, the caramel stuck to the sides of the pan will melt away.

You can also add the candy thermometer to the boiling water to remove sticky caramel from the bottom of it, too.

One More Thing (About the Weather)

We know this seems a little odd, but weather can affect the your success when making candy. Cooking sugar to a certain temperature is all about achieving a specific ratio of sugar to moisture. So, if you can, make caramel on a cool dry day. If the air is humid, the caramel can actually reabsorb some moisture, which might negatively affect the texture and softness of your caramel.

Recipe updated, originally posted December 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

37 Sweet and Salty Caramel Dessert Recipes

Whether you pronounce it &ldquocar-mul&rdquo or &ldquocar-a-mel,&rdquo we can all agree on the fact that this sweet-and-salty sauce is irresistible. Caramel is a key component of some of our favorite fall desserts, but this versatile sauce can be used all year round. In the fall months, caramel pairs beautifully with seasonal ingredients like pumpkin, pecans, and cinnamon apples a Pumpkin Layer Cake with Caramel-Cream Cheese Frosting is guaranteed to impress your guests. In the winter, we&rsquore serving caramel alongside the warm holiday flavors of pear and gingerbread in a twist on the classic Upside-Down Cake. You can even incorporate caramel into refreshing summer desserts, like Tenntucky Cobbler, Salted Caramel-Pecan Milkshakes, or Peach Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel. These decadent caramel recipes combine salty and sweet to add new dimensions to your favorite desserts. The sauce brings richness and warmth to moist cakes, delightfully sticky bread puddings, fruity or nutty pies, and smooth, creamy tarts.

Crème Caramel

Make caramel: Set aside a 1 1/2- to 2-quart baking dish. In a small, heavy saucepan, bring 3/4 cup sugar and 3 Tbsp. water to a boil over medium-high heat, swirling pan until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Let mixture boil undisturbed until caramel is a deep amber color, about 5 minutes. Immediately remove pan from heat and swirl to mix caramel. Pour into dish. Let cool.

Prepare custard: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a saucepan, scald milk and cream over medium heat. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, yolks and remaining 1/2 cup sugar for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in hot milk mixture and vanilla. Pour mixture through a strainer onto caramel.

Place dish inside a 13-by-9- inch baking dish. Pour hot water around custard dish to come halfway up sides. Bake until custard is set and golden on top, about 45 minutes. Remove dish from water bath and let cool for about 1 hour. Refrigerate until cold, about 3 hours.

To unmold, run a thin sharp knife around sides of loaf. Invert a platter on top of loaf and flip over to turn out custard.

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Recipe Summary

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs plus 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place eight 4-ounce ramekins in a large roasting pan. Add 4 tablespoons water to a small pot. Add 1 cup sugar and stir to dissolve. Cook over medium-high, swirling occasionally, until caramel begins to turn amber, 6 to 8 minutes. Working quickly, divide caramel between ramekins, swirling ramekins to coat bottoms evenly, set aside.

In a medium pot, heat milk over medium until hot, but not boiling. In a medium bowl whisk together whole eggs and yolks, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar. While whisking, ladle some milk into the egg mixture. Whisk in remaining milk, one ladle at a time. Strain through a fine sieve into a large liquid measuring cup, and stir in vanilla. Divide custard evenly among ramekins.

Transfer roasting pan to oven. Add enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake until custards are just set, about 35 minutes.

With tongs, remove ramekins from hot water and let cool slightly. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 3 hours (or up to 3 days). To unmold, run a sharp knife around inside of each ramekins and invert onto a serving plate, gently shaking to release.

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Bake a cake that has it all: moist, fragrant sponge, silky Italian meringue, tahini buttercream and sharp pear-laced salted caramel. Serve with a cup of tea.

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Serve this delicious salted caramel, peanut butter dessert chilled, or frozen as a cheat's ice cream - perfect to impress a date!

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Salted caramels

Treat your nearest and dearest to these homemade salted caramels. The perfect edible gift, wrap them up in a gift box for a deliciously decadent treat

Mom's Caramels

Barb Alpern, a member of our King Arthur bakers' support team, says about these caramels, "There was one recipe that my mother made each year during the holidays that was truly great. Caramels, in the ethos of my mother's farm upbringing, were a handmade gift, a special indulgence, and a test of culinary prowess." You'll find this candy to be all of these!


  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons (35g) vanilla extract
  • 32 tablespoons (454g) unsalted butter, cold
  • 4 cups (907g) half & half
  • 2 cups (624g) light corn syrup*
  • 4 cups (794g) granulated sugar
  • 2 cups (425g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • coarse flake sea salt, for topping, optional for salty caramels


Butter two 8" x 8" or 10 1/2" x 6 1/2" pans. Measure the vanilla into a small container, and set it aside for later.

Cut the butter into 1" chunks, to help it melt faster. Combine the cut-up butter, half & half, corn syrup, sugars, and salt in a heavy-bottom, 5- to 6-quart saucepan.

Heat the mixture over medium-low heat until everything has melted, stirring constantly. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan.

Cook slowly, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 248°F, or until a small amount dropped in cold water forms a firm ball. As the mixture boils it will become thicker and thicker and the frothy bubbles will give way to a more blurpy bubble that resembles thick lava. This happens gradually, but you'll notice it around 230°F and higher. This is when you really have to pay attention and watch the temperature carefully, as it tends to move more quickly from 230°F up. The whole process will take about 2 hours.

Perfect your technique

Mom's Caramels

Remove the pan from the heat, and carefully stir in the vanilla the mixture will bubble and boil.

Quickly pour the caramel into the prepared pans. Don't add any residue from the pot into the pans instead, scrape it into a separate container. Baker's treat!

Wait 30 minutes, then sprinkle with coarse-flake sea salt.

Cover the candy securely, and refrigerate.

Remove the candy from the pan by loosening its edges with a knife or offset spatula, and banging the pan on a cutting board until the slab releases from the pan. Allow the candy to warm up a bit if it's hard, or it'll shatter when you bang the pan.

Cut the caramels into squares, and wrap in waxed paper. Store in the refrigerator for longest shelf life. Wrapped caramels can also be frozen.

Best Balsamic To Use For Dessert Sauce

Ok, look&hellip I&rsquom using the word &ldquobalsamic&rdquo pretty loosely here.

Real balsamic vinegar is aged for a MINIMUM of 12 years in barrels (made of woods like cherry, ash, mulberry and chestnut). The casks get progressively smaller as the balsamic reduces in volume, producing a thick, syrup that&rsquos so sublime, a few ounces can retail for hundreds of dollars. If you have THAT kind of balsamic &ndash just drizzle a few drops over your berries and call it a day. In fact, that&rsquos where the concept of strawberries and balsamic vinegar came from, because the real deal Balsamic of Modena is so complex that just a few drops on berries or aged parmesan is transformative.

However, for this recipe, defer to this article on the Best Balsamic Vinegars on the cheap. I used the $10/bottle from Costco for this recipe and it worked perfectly. Since this dessert sauce only uses about 1/3 cup of vinegar, you&rsquoll have plenty left over for salads, sides and the like.

Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar Caramel Sauce

I figured I didn&rsquot need to give you a recipe on how to cut your strawberries, Just make sure you get the ripest, juiciest berries you can find. A spoonful of sauce over a dish of berries will cloak the fruit in a sweet, tangy lusciousness. The strawberry juices will leak into the balsamic caramel adding a floral component which melds beautifully.

Recipe Summary

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg white, beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the short sides. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer at low speed, cream the butter. Beat in the confectioners' sugar. Add the whole eggs and beat until incorporated, then beat in the flour and salt. Press the pastry into the prepared pan in an even layer, 1/4 inch thick. Freeze until firm, 10 minutes.

Line the pastry with parchment paper and fill with pie weights. Bake for 35 minutes, until just set. Carefully remove the pie weights and parchment. Brush the shell with the egg white and bake for 20 minutes longer, until golden and cooked through. Let cool.

In a saucepan, bring the cream, vanilla bean and seeds to a simmer. Cover keep warm.

In a large, heavy saucepan, stir the sugar into 1/4 cup of water. Simmer over moderate heat, without stirring, until a deep amber caramel forms, 7 minutes.

Remove the caramel from the heat and carefully add the cream. When the bubbling subsides, stir in the butter. Insert a candy thermometer and cook over moderately high heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the caramel reaches 240°, 10 minutes. Discard the vanilla bean and stir in the salt. Pour the caramel over the shell. Refrigerate until firm, 4 hours or overnight bring to room temperature. Remove the bar from the pan using the parchment overhang cut into squares.

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