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The Sweet Side of Finance -- December

Welcome to the twelfth and final installment of The Sweet Side of Finance for 2021! If you've signed up for my newsletter, you already know about today's tasty treat.

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This month, we've been talking about budgeting for the holidays. I've written about it on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and my blog.

Since we're talking about holiday budgets, I thought I'd share one of my go-to recipes that makes a great homemade gift and spares your budget!

Sea Salt Caramels


1 cup sugar

1 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons honey

½ vanilla bean

½ teaspoon sea salt


  1. Generously butter an 8 by 8 inch pan and set aside

  2. Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise and use the back of the knife to scrape out the seeds

  3. Stir the vanilla bean and seeds with all other ingredients except for salt in a medium size copper bottom pot

  4. Place pot over medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved

  5. Once the sugar has dissolved, place a lid on the pot for about 5 minutes. This will allow the condensation to wash down the sides of the pot to dissolve any sugar crystals to stop the entire mixture from crystalizing

  6. Bring the mixture to a boil and place a candy thermometer in the pot making sure it doesn’t touch the bottom

  7. Boil the mixture stirring occasionally until the thermometer says the mixture has reached 250 degrees Fahrenheit (hard ball stage)

  8. Remove the vanilla bean from the boiled mixture

  9. Pour the mixture into your prepared pan

  10. Sprinkle the sea salt evenly over the caramels

  11. Allow to cool to room temperature

  12. Cut into ½ inch by 1 inch pieces and wrap individually in waxed paper

  13. Enjoy!

I love these caramels and make them every year for the holidays. I really like the salt sprinkled on the top and think it brings out the caramelly flavor.

Remember to use sea salt for the top rather than just regular iodized salt. The sea salt adds a different flavor and has larger granules so they don’t just dissolve when sprinkled on the caramels.

See you next year,


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