Beer and Pretzel Caramels Recipe

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Beer and Pretzel Caramels
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  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups miniature pretzels
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • caramels:
  • 4 cups dark beer
  • 1 tsp plus 1 cup butter, divided
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt


  1. In a small bowl, combine sugar and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the pretzels, oil and vanilla. Add sugar mixture; toss to coat. Transfer to a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. foil-lined baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  2. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool completely. Coarsely chop pretzels; set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, bring beer to a boil; cook until reduced to 2/3 cup. Set aside to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, line a 9-in. square pan with foil; grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter and set aside.
  5. In a Dutch oven, combine the sugar, corn syrup, 2/3 cup cream, water, salt and remaining butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 238°, about 20 minutes. In a small bowl, combine reduced beer and remaining cream; slowly stir into sugar mixture.
  6. Using a pastry brush dipped in cold water, wash down the sides of the pan to eliminate sugar crystals. Cook, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reads 245° (firm-ball stage), about 30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat. Pour into prepared pan (do not scrape saucepan); sprinkle with candied pretzels and kosher salt. Let stand until firm, about 5 hours or overnight. Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Discard foil; cut candy into 1-in. squares using a buttered knife. Wrap individually in waxed paper; twist ends. Yield: about 3 pounds.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 73.89 Kcal (309 kJ)
Calories from fat 32.62 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.62g 6%
Cholesterol 10.17mg 3%
Sodium 85.25mg 4%
Potassium 10.1mg 0%
Total Carbs 9.59g 3%
Sugars 6.97g 28%
Dietary Fiber 0.06g 0%
Protein 0.31g 1%
Iron 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 4.4mg 0%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 251.21 Kcal (1052 kJ)
Calories from fat 110.89 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.32g 6%
Cholesterol 34.57mg 3%
Sodium 289.82mg 4%
Potassium 34.33mg 0%
Total Carbs 32.59g 3%
Sugars 23.7g 28%
Dietary Fiber 0.19g 0%
Protein 1.07g 1%
Vitamin C 0.1mg 0%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 1%
Calcium 15mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 1.8
  • 2

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

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