Bourbon Salted Caramel Candy Recipe

Soft chewy salted caramel squares with a hint of bourbon flavor! This Bourbon Salted Caramel Candy Recipe is so easy to prepare, you’ll be happy to make batch after batch for friends and family this holiday season. 

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One of my biggest thrills of the holiday season is gift-giving.

Receiving a gift is always nice. Yet for me, there’s nothing better than to hand someone a little memento that shows just how much I love them.

Gifts don’t always have to be extravagant and costly. Sometimes the gifts that speak the loudest are the ones you made by hand. You’re silently telling the recipient that they are worth your money, your creative energy, and most importantly… your precious time.

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You’ve heard the sayings “Actions speak louder than words” and “It’s more blessed to give than to receive.”

This season, I encourage you to take the time to make one gift. If you’ve never done it before, you’ll be amazed by the impact it leaves on your friends and family.


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Every year I spend hours making cookies and candies to package and give to loved ones.

This season among the thumbprints and fudge, I decided to make something slightly more elegant, yet just as comforting… our new Bourbon Salted Caramel Candy Recipe.

I know, I know. Candy making sounds complicated.

However, I promise you this is the easiest and fastest caramel candy recipe you’ll ever try. Plus each little bite of this Bourbon Salted Caramel Candy Recipe is sheer magic in your mouth!

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The beauty of each little salted caramel is the creamy dreamy texture and taste that comes from ultra silky California dairy and caramelized sugar.

I love using California-made dairy products, because California has such high standards for their dairy industry, that they produce meticulously consistent dairy products. I know when I buy cheeses, milk, cream, and butter with the Real California Milk seal, I’m buying quality.

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To make this super-easy, yet luxurious, Bourbon Salted Caramel Candy Recipe start by bringing cream, butter, sugar, bourbon, and corn syrup to a boil.

Using mostly brown sugar gives you a jump-start on the caramelization process, so it takes less time to make.

Place a candy thermometer on the edge of the sauce pot and when the temperature reaches 245 degrees F, test the caramel candy recipe by spooning a little bit into a cup of ice water. The ice water will cool the candy quickly, then you can pick it up and pop it in your mouth to see if it has the flavor and soft chewy texture you like.

If it’s too soft, or isn’t as caramelized as you like, you can simmer it a bit longer and test again.

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The alcohol cooks out leaving a hint of boozy essence that give each little salted caramel a kiss of something special.

Pour the molten Bourbon Salted Caramel Candy Recipe into a parchment paper lined baking dish and cool.

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Cut. Generously sprinkle with salt. Then wrap each piece in wax paper so they are easy to pass around.

Upon first taste, your loved ones are going to know just how special they are to you!

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Bourbon Salted Caramel Candy Recipe

Yield: 80+ caramels

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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Amazing Bourbon Salted Caramel Candy Recipe! This soft chewy caramel candy recipe makes the absolute and easiest salted caramel you’ll ever try.


  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup salted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Course or flake sea salt


  1. Place the sugars, heavy cream, butter, corn syrup and bourbon in a large sauce pot. Attach a candy thermometer to the edge of the pot with the tip touching the ingredients, then place over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce the heat to medium- low. Allow the mixture to simmer until it reaches 245-260 degrees F and is the desired color you like for caramel. If the temperature starts rising faster than the caramel is browning, lower the heat even more to give it time to caramelize.
  3. Meanwhile, line a 9 X 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper and cut the corners so it folds into the dish neatly. Spray the parchment with non-stick cooking spray. Then prepare a cup of ice water to test the caramel. Once the caramel reaches at least 245 degrees F, use a spoon to drop a little bit of molten caramel into the ice water. Lift it out and test for texture. It should be firm enough to cut, yet soft enough to chew. If needed, simmer the caramel a little longer, but do not allow it to go over 260 degrees F. Once it’s ready, stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Carefully pour the molten caramel into the prepared dish and allow it to cool completely. You can speed up the cooling process by placing the dish in the refrigerator. Once cooled, lift the whole sheet of caramel candy out of the dish by the edges of the parchment paper and cut into 1 inch squares. Sprinkle generously with sea salt, then wrap each candy in small pieces of wax paper.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 80+ caramels, Serving Size: 40

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 132 Calories
  • Total Fat: 6.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 18mg
  • Sodium: 48mg
  • Carbohydrates: 18.2g
  • Sugar: 14.1g
  • Protein: 0.2g
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board. All opinions are my own.


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184 comments on “Bourbon Salted Caramel Candy Recipe

  1. Ashleyposted November 8, 2018 at 2:54 pm Reply

    This is more of a question. Can you replace the Bourbon with water? Again amazing recipe.

    • Sommer Collierposted November 10, 2018 at 1:32 am Reply

      Hi Ashley,

      Absolutely! Just make an equal swap. :)

  2. Traciposted December 7, 2016 at 2:02 pm Reply

    What kind of cream do you use for the bourbon caramels? Is it heavy cream? Whipping cream?

    • Sommerposted December 15, 2016 at 9:33 pm Reply

      Hi Traci,

      Use heavy cream for best results. :)

  3. Thomas Murphyposted December 11, 2014 at 10:21 pm Reply

    I love Eggnog!

  4. Staci Williamsposted December 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm Reply

    Seafood lasagna–creamy bechemel sauce and lots of cheese!

  5. Annetteposted December 11, 2014 at 6:56 pm Reply

    My favorite dairy-laden holiday food is homemade Egg Nog.

  6. Carmen Nposted December 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm Reply

    Grasshopper pie

  7. Nora Bposted December 11, 2014 at 11:29 am Reply

    Chocolate cream pie!

  8. Hanna Heavenerposted December 11, 2014 at 12:04 am Reply

    Ice cream, I’may partial to peppermint this time of year.

  9. Paulinaposted December 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm Reply

    My favorite would be a turtle cheesecake!

  10. Carolyn Gposted December 9, 2014 at 7:24 pm Reply

    eggnog cake

  11. Karen Sueposted December 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Tom & Jerry batter

  12. Jsposted December 9, 2014 at 7:36 am Reply

    When I was in college, my aunt used to send me care packages that included homemade caramels. Unfortunately she passed away before I got the recipe. Thank you for reviving good memories.

  13. tanya subialdea | devine, txposted December 8, 2014 at 11:58 am Reply

    My fave dairy holiday dish is egg nog! =)

  14. tanya subialdea | devine, txposted December 8, 2014 at 11:56 am Reply

    I seriously need to try these caramels! They look DELISH! I’m always a little intimidated by candy-making, but thanks to your “easy-even-for-me” instructions, I think I’ve got this! =)

  15. candiceposted December 8, 2014 at 9:51 am Reply

    My favorite dairy-laden holiday dish is custard pie.

  16. Susanposted December 7, 2014 at 11:48 pm Reply

    My favorite dairy-laden item for the holidays is homemade eggnog. Bring on the cream!

  17. Katt Lewisposted December 7, 2014 at 8:31 pm Reply

    Do White Russians count? Then I’d go with cheesecake and maybe homemade mac & cheese with ham.

  18. Colleenposted December 7, 2014 at 7:49 pm Reply


  19. Jonathan Campoverdeposted December 7, 2014 at 7:25 pm Reply

    Also, we make this cranberry frozen salad with whipped cream and milk. It’s amazing.

  20. Marsha Lynneposted December 7, 2014 at 7:19 pm Reply

    Everything is Better with Butter. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  21. jules sposted December 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm Reply

    My mom’s cream cheese candy. It is so yummy!

  22. jessicaposted December 7, 2014 at 3:32 pm Reply

    peppermint icecream!!

  23. Britposted December 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm Reply

    mac n’ cheese, forever and always.

  24. Danielle Tposted December 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Brown sugar maple pumpkin pie (made with 1/2 & 1/2) and homemade whipped cream – yum!

  25. MBposted December 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm Reply

    Mashed Potatoes – milk, cream, sour cream, butter. Back on the diet tomorrow.

  26. Danyelleposted December 7, 2014 at 8:13 am Reply


  27. Marla Meridithposted December 7, 2014 at 8:08 am Reply

    I love homemade caramel & these look perfect!

    Rating: 5
  28. Lisa Sposted December 7, 2014 at 6:27 am Reply

    Oh, it has to be eggnog!

  29. Sabineposted December 7, 2014 at 12:40 am Reply

    I make cinnamon rolls that use milk as the liquid and top them with a powdered sugar glaze using half and half. My family delivers them to friends and family on Christmas Eve.

  30. Annaposted December 7, 2014 at 12:03 am Reply


  31. Reneeposted December 6, 2014 at 10:41 pm Reply

    Baked mac & cheese