Homemade Salted Caramel and 4 Decadent Desserts

September 1, 2011

One of the most popular flavors across the board, salted caramel sounds perplexing, but like all sweet-salty combinations, there's simple science behind the phenomenon! Like chocolate and peanut butter, yogurt-dipped pretzels, caramel popcorn and maple-cured bacon, sweet + salty is a match made in heaven. Here's how it works: by combining salty and sweet flavors, the salt actually makes the sweet element (chocolate, carmel, ice cream) taste even sweeter! Here's a simple, elegant recipe for making your own salted caramel at home and a variety of ways to use it!

DIY Salted Caramel
Adapted from the king of confections, David Lebovitz.  A simple, elegant recipe for creating this decadent treat at home.

Five-Spice Macarons with Salted Caramel Filling
Chinese Five Spice macaron cookies with a sweet-salty filling makes for a luscious combination.

Dark Chocolate Amaretto Brownies with Salted Caramel Sauce
Served a la mode, these boozy gluten free brownies are simply sinful.

Salted Caramel and Whiskey Truffles
Dark chocolate, Irish whiskey and cocoa powder make these decadent truffles too good not to make.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie
This All-American combination just got a face lift! (Gluten free? Try Mama's Pie Crust for a quick and easy pie crust!)

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