Delicious and Easy Coffee Caramel Recipe

Coffee lovers unite! I have a scrumptious recipe to share with you that is sure to satisfy your caffeine cravings. Introducing my addictive homemade Coffee Caramels recipe. It’s perfect to enjoy with a cup of coffee or as a sweet treat anytime.

Let me tell you, making these caramels is beyond worth it. Every bite is like having a scrummy coffee in your mouth — it’s that good! Plus, the soft espresso flavor will have you hooked instantly. Trust me, once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to store-bought candies again.

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s so incredibly easy and requires minimal ingredients — things that are probably already in your kitchen. What makes these caramels extra special is the use of instant espresso powder, which gives them a rich and robust coffee flavor that’s hard to resist.

So go ahead and give this Coffee Caramels recipe a try. Whether you’re enjoying them solo or pairing it with your favorite brew, it’s guaranteed to become a staple in your dessert repertoire. Treat yourself or surprise someone special with this indulgent delight – trust me; they’ll thank you for it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Caramels
Coffee Caramels

Attention all coffee lovers! Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with this addictive homemade coffee caramels recipe. With its combination of finely ground espresso, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, and butter, this scrummy coffee caramel is the perfect indulgence for any time of day.

What’s even more irresistible about this recipe is its versatility. You can enjoy it as a sweet treat on its own or pair it with your favorite hot or iced coffee. Imagine indulging in a salted caramel iced latte or stirring in a soft espresso caramel to your Irish coffee or Baileys Irish.

Not only does this recipe allow you to infuse your coffee with decadent flavors, but it also makes for a wonderful gift to share with family and friends. Who wouldn’t love to receive a jar of homemade caramel sauce infused with their favorite drink?

But wait, there’s more! This recipe can also be customized to fit your taste preferences by experimenting with different variations such as adding vanilla extract or swapping out corn syrup for honey.

Overall, this coffee caramels recipe is perfect for satisfying all your cravings without having to leave the comfort of your own home. It’s easy to make and even easier to enjoy. So go ahead and give it a try and experience the magic of homemade caramel vanilla infused with finely ground espresso – it’s guaranteed to leave you wanting more!

Ingredient List

 Sweet and creamy Coffee Caramels are calling your name!
Sweet and creamy Coffee Caramels are calling your name!

Ingredient List:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Note: This ingredient list is for a single batch of coffee caramels. If you want to make multiple batches, adjust the ingredients accordingly. Also, make sure to have a candy thermometer on hand for accuracy.

These ingredients are all essential in creating these *coffee caramels. The combination of granulated sugar, light corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk will provide the base of our caramel. Adding in some heavy cream will give us a smooth texture in the final product. We will also be using unsalted butter*, giving us control over the salty flavoring in the recipe. If you prefer a salty taste in your caramels, feel free to use salted butter instead.

As any avid coffee drinker knows, adding a bit of instant espresso powder to any recipe can elevate it to another level. It’s no different here, as adding just a small amount will give these caramels an unmistakable coffee flavor. Lastly, we’ll be using some vanilla extract to add a touch of sweetness and balance out the flavors.

The Recipe How-To

 A perfect on-the-go snack for all you coffee lovers out there.
A perfect on-the-go snack for all you coffee lovers out there.

To make these coffee caramels, I start by combining a can of sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup of light corn syrup, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Then, I mix in 2 tablespoons of instant espresso powder to give it that coffee flavor.

Stir everything together until it’s well combined and bring the mixture to a boil.

Once the mixture starts boiling, I reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10-12 minutes. Make sure to stir the caramel mixture every few minutes so that it doesn’t burn on the bottom.

After the time is up, remove the caramel from the heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.

Next, I pour the hot caramel into a parchment-lined 8×8 inch baking dish sprayed with non-stick oil. Let it cool at room temperature for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Finally, once the caramel has cooled and solidified, I cut them into small pieces and wrap each one individually in wax paper or cellophane.

These coffee caramels are quickly becoming my favorite recipe! It may seem challenging to make homemade caramel, but trust me: once you’ve tried making these scrummy coffees, you won’t be able to stop!

Substitutions and Variations

 Ditch the plain caramel candies and go for something a little more special.
Ditch the plain caramel candies and go for something a little more special.

Coffee caramels are a classic treat that can be customized to suit different tastes. Here are some substitutions and variations you can use:

– Vanilla extract: Instead of vanilla extract, you can use other flavors like almond or hazelnut.

– Light corn syrup: You can substitute light corn syrup with honey, golden syrup or glucose syrup.

– Instant espresso powder: If you don’t have instant espresso powder, you can use an equal amount of instant coffee instead.

– Heavy cream: You can swap heavy cream for heavy whipping cream or half-and-half.

– Brown sugar: You can use dark brown sugar instead of light if you prefer a more intense caramel flavor.

– Salted caramel: To make salted caramel coffee caramels, just stir in a pinch of sea salt after the mixture has reached 245°F/118°C.

– Other variations: For a scrummy coffee twist, try adding Irish cream or Baileys Irish Cream into the mixture. You may also use this recipe to make other scrumptious coffee treats like iced lattes, caramel brulee, caramel macchiato and cold brews.

Remember that when substituting ingredients in recipes like the coffee caramels recipe, it is important to experiment with caution and adjust variable ingredient amounts to taste.

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready for a tantalizing coffee aroma to fill your kitchen.
Get ready for a tantalizing coffee aroma to fill your kitchen.

You may be wondering what to pair with these addictive homemade coffee caramels. Well, let me tell you – the options are endless!

Firstly, for a scrummy coffee fix, try pairing the caramels with an Irish coffee. A good shot (or two) of Baileys Irish Cream or another whiskey will go perfectly with the caramel’s sweetness.

If you’re looking for something even sweeter, top your latte or iced coffee with a generous drizzle of caramel sauce to create a caramel latte or caramel brulee.

For an extra treat, top your salted caramel iced latte or iced coffee with whipped cream and a sprinkle of sea salt. The saltiness will complement the sweetness of the caramels perfectly.

Feeling fancy? Go ahead and make yourself a homemade caramel macchiato or creme caramel, which will pair perfectly with these delicious coffee caramels.

If you’re more of a cold brew fan, then enjoy your brew alongside these tasty caramels – you can thank me later!

Overall, these coffee caramels are perfect as a sweet accompaniment to any type of coffee. Plus, they make for a great gift for any coffee-lover in your life!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Your taste buds will thank you once you try these decadent sweets.
Your taste buds will thank you once you try these decadent sweets.

Once you’ve made these scrummy coffee caramels, the next question is how to store them. Coffee caramels can be stored for up to two weeks at room temperature in an airtight container. Make sure to separate the layers of caramels with parchment paper or waxed paper, so they don’t stick together.

If you want to make and store them in advance, coffee caramels can also be frozen for up to three months. Wrap each caramel individually in waxed paper, then place them in an airtight container, so they don’t get freezer burn. When you’re ready to serve, remove from the freezer and allow the caramels to come to room temperature before unwrapping.

To reheat cold or harden coffee caramels, place them in the microwave for 5-10 seconds on low power, or warm them gently on a stove over low heat. This will soften them and bring back their gooey texture.

One important tip is not to stack or overcrowd coffee caramels as they will stick together when stored. It is also best not to refrigerate coffee caramels as this will alter their texture and make them too hard.

With these storage tips, you’ll have addictive homemade coffee caramels all year round!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Coffee Caramels - the perfect way to get your caffeine fix in candy form.
Coffee Caramels – the perfect way to get your caffeine fix in candy form.

To achieve the perfect texture and flavor for the coffee caramels recipe, these tips will come in handy.

1. Do not overheat the sugar syrup

When making the caramel sauce or coffee caramel, heat the sugar syrup on medium heat until it dissolves. Do not overheat as this may result in burnt-looking caramels.

2. Use high-quality ingredients

For a scrummy coffee caramel, it’s essential to use high-quality ingredients like unsalted butter, sweetened condensed milk, light corn syrup, and heavy cream. Using top-notch quality dairy products will give you a creamy, smooth texture.

3. Use a candy thermometer

Using a candy thermometer is vital when making coffee caramel since it ensures that the mixture reaches the correct temperature of 245°F/118°C. This step is crucial to avoid undercooking or overcooking your caramels.

4. Let your caramels cool before cutting

Allow your coffee caramels to cool completely before cutting them to prevent them from losing their shape or sticking to one another.

5. Store in an airtight container

Store your addictive homemade coffee caramels in an airtight container wrapped with wax paper for extra protection. This will ensure that they remain fresh and don’t dry out.

With these tips, you’re sure to get the best results from your homemade coffee caramels recipe. Get creative by adding different flavors like caramel brulee or baileys Irish cream and enjoy your scrumptious candy treats with cold brew or latte for an irresistible snack that everyone will love!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this coffee caramel recipe is a must-try for all coffee lovers out there. It’s an addictive homemade treat that’s both sweet and savory, perfect for any occasion. With its scrummy coffee flavor and creamy texture, it’s guaranteed to satisfy your sweet cravings.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also versatile. You can use it as a topping for ice cream, drizzle it over your morning latte or iced coffee, or even add a splash of Baileys Irish Cream for a boozy kick!

So what are you waiting for? Try our caramel coffee recipe today and indulge in the irresistible combination of freshly brewed coffee and sweet, indulgent caramel. From Irish coffee to salted caramel iced lattes to caramel macchiatos and beyond – the possibilities are endless! Thanks for reading, and bon appétit!

Coffee Caramels

Coffee Caramels Recipe

For a softer caramel, heat the syrup to about 240 degrees. The traditional temperature is 245 degrees. Prep time includes the cool-down time.
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 50 caramels
Calories 72.7 kcal


  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 -3 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Have ready a candy thermometer, wooden spoon, pastry brush and cup of hot water for brushing sugar crystals from the sides of the pan.
  • Butter generously an 8 or 9 inch metal baking pan and set aside. Do not use glass; the piping hot candy may break it.
  • Combine the heavy cream and espresso powder in a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Place the pan on medium-low heat and heat the mixture, stirring, until the coffee dissolves. Add both sugars, the corn syrup, butter and condensed milk.
  • Raise the heat to medium-high and cook the mixture, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted, about 5 minutes.
  • Bring the syrup to a boil, cover the pan and cook the syrup for 3 minutes. Remove the lid. Dip the brush in water and brush the sides of the pan. Attach the thermometer inside the pan.
  • Cook the syrup, without stirring, swirling the pan by the handle to cook evenly, until the candy reaches 240 to 245 degrees, frequently brushing the sides of the pan with the damp brush. This should take 13 to 14 minutes.
  • Remove the thermometer. Add the vanilla extract and swirl the pan to combine with the syrup.
  • Immediately pour the candy into the baking pan. Smooth evenly with the wooden spoon on a metal spatula. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Using a sharp knife, mark the top of the cooled candy into 1-inch squares for easier cutting. The candy will still be warm.
  • If candy is still not firm, let cool for a few more minutes. Then turn the candy out onto a chopping board, top side up. Using a large, sharp, buttered knife, carefully cut into 1-inch pieces, using marking on top as guide.
  • Spread the candy pieces on a sheet of buttered foil or wax paper and cool completely on wire racks.
  • For storing, wrap each piece in a square of wax paper or candy wrappers, or place between layers of wax paper in an airtight container.

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Serving: 988gCalories: 72.7kcalCarbohydrates: 12.8gProtein: 0.3gFat: 2.5gSaturated Fat: 1.6gCholesterol: 8.4mgSodium: 8.8mgSugar: 10.8g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Candy, Christmas, Dessert, European, Low Protein, Stove Top, Sweet
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