Jennifer Causey

Plus, some delicious recipes you can whip up in your kitchen.

Jaime Ritter
December 01, 2017

Homemade caramel is an art form and, done right, its nutty, luscious sweetness will blow any store-bought version right out of the water. It makes your house smell like a Willy Wonka-fied heaven, and once you have a batch on-hand, you can transform it into a dozen other delectable desserts. 

This salty, sweet flavor combo easily amps up your favorite popcorn and nut mix. When added to cookies, pies, or cakes, it creates a creamy layer of goodness that is worthy of the holidays. But don't save it all for yourself, because these caramel-laden desserts and snacks are too good not to share with friends and family.

Get the Recipes: 14 Ways to Cook with Caramel

Your loved ones will be so excited to get scratch-made caramel. Pour sauce into a mason jar and tie with a festive ribbon, or wrap caramel candy in parchment paper, twist the ends, and place a dozen or so in a package for a thoughtful touch. But, be warned, they'll be begging for a batch every year from now on.