We are just so excited to have our first guest post today! Maria from Tinselbox is going to show us how to make Easy Vanilla Salted Caramels (which sound AMAZING, btw!!)

And yes, you read that right.  Tinselbox.  It’s like one of those monthly subscription boxes for makeup or Fair Trade Friday except it’s for HOLIDAYS! Valentines, Easter, July 4th, Halloween, and of course, Christmas!  Maria is the CEO of Tinselbox and gets to spend her days mailing awesome holiday stuff to people.  How great is that?  Anyway, here’s Maria!

Easy Salted Caramel Handmade Gifts

When it comes to the holidays, we are a bit obsessed. Decorating, candy making and celebrating are our thing. You wouldn’t want us to withhold our easiest, yummiest handmade gift idea would you? We won’t hold back any more. Try our handmade Vanilla Salted Caramel recipe and adorable gift package DIY.easy-salted-caramel-handmade-gifts-1

When you’re all grown up, buying a holiday present can be a bit like trying to guess someone’s weight at one of those old school carnivals. Awkward! And because I want people to smile instead, I love to sweeten the pot with homemade gifts. These easy handmade salted caramels are so easy to make.  It makes that moment of gift giving special.

31 Days of Handmade Christmas - Easy Salted Caramel | Sprinkles and Sawdust

Did you know that people were enjoying caramels as early as 1880? That version was made with sugar beet juice. I’m not sure I will try that recipe.

Two Tips for Making Salted Caramels at Home

If you are new to candy making, you will want to know two things.  It is really easy, but you do need to follow the directions very carefully a few times before you get the hang of it. Read the recipe, measure your ingredients and the read the recipe again.

Our recipe is below. Believe me, if I can make these, you can too!  If you find you want an even simpler process, check out this microwave recipe.

31 Days of Handmade Christmas - Easy Salted Caramel | Sprinkles and Sawdust

DIY Easy Handmade Salted Caramels

So after you make your caramels and they cool, cut them to size. Wrap with parchment paper and add to an adorable Mason Jar. This batch made me two gifts. It can make three if you make each jar a little smaller.  Each one should have 20-40 pieces. One for this jar which is going to be a host gift this weekend, one for my daughter’s elementary teacher.

Don’t want to spend all this energy on this recipe? You can also make salted caramels in the microwave – check out the link above!


mariaI’m Maria at Tinselbox, and I am so excited to join in the Sprinkles and Sawdust 31 Days of Handmade Christmas. Tinselbox is a holiday & celebration blog that keeps you celebrating all year long. I share holiday tips, history, DIY, recipes and more.  Celebrate with me on Facebook and Instagram!

Easy Salted Caramel


  • • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • • 1/2 cup heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
  • • 3 tablespoons water
  • • 1 cup sugar
  • • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  1. • Lightly oil a 9 x5 or 8 x 8 pan, cut parchment paper out to size and oil the paper as well.
  2. • Cut butter into small cubes, and combine with heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1.5 minutes or until melted. Set aside.
  3. • Combine water, corn syrup and sugar into a small pot. Try not to get sugar on the sides of the pan.
  4. • Heat pot to boiling. Do not stir.
  5. • At 320 degrees F or 160 degrees C, start to add the melted butter and cream. This is where it gets a little wild, bubbling and steaming. Add just a little at a time.
  6. • Reheat to 240 degrees F or 115 degrees C
  7. • Immediately pour the caramel sauce into the pan.
  8. • Add sea salt at 30 minutes
  9. • Let set for 2-3 hours
  10. • Cool for 30 minutes
  11. • Cut into small pieces
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