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Soft n’ Chewy Cardamom Caramel Bites

Buttery, soft and chewy caramel bites infused with hint of cardamom. So delightfully addicting! With step-by-step photos and lots of tips.

Buttery, soft and chewy caramel bites infused with hint of cardamom. So delightfully addicting! With step-by-step photos and lots of tips.

Buttery, soft and chewy caramel bites infused with hint of cardamom. So delightfully addicting! With step-by-step photos and lots of tips.

My god, I’m so excited to share this recipe with you. Finally!

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we can fully concentrate on all things Christmas, right?? I’ve worked on this caramel recipe a while back. Oh, around late September into October, I think? You see, in preparation for my baby (due in Jan!!), I’ve been working pretty much non-stop to get ahead of myself to continue to share new recipes with you even after the baby. We’ll see how it’ll work out, but I already have some pretty awesome recipes lined up for you for Valentine’s day! (<- If you follow me on Snapchat (username: shineshka), you already know that.)

Ok, back to Christmas…

These soft and chewy cardamom caramel bites need to happen this season! YOU need this in your life. They’re so, so good. My in-laws have been raving about these caramels ever since they tried them.(I think they might be hinting they want more, but instead I’m bringing them Valentine’s desserts. Haha)

Buttery, soft and chewy caramel bites infused with hint of cardamom. So delightfully addicting! With step-by-step photos and lots of tips.

If you’ve never made caramels, or you are intimidated to try your hands at this sticky candy-making business, rest assured you’ll do fine. We are just boiling some butter, sugar, cream and corn syrup after all! Just kidding, not that simple, but almost.

I find combining all the ingredients and cooking everything together is the simplest method of all. The secret to success is a candy thermometer. I’m still using Garrat’s grandma’s old candy thermometer, which I should probably replace soon, but it works. (I have this and this on my wish-list, but if you have any recommendations, I’m all ears.) Anyway, new or old, you do need a candy thermometer.

Once the mixture comes to a boil, we’ll be cooking it until it reaches 250°F (120°C) and the color becomes dark golden. Sure, you can test mixture by dropping a small amount in cold water etc, but it makes the process that much more complicated, and the mixture can go from perfect to ruined in matter of seconds.

Cardamom caramel bites- step by step photo tutorial

Oh and one more tip, don’t skip the buttering the foil (or parchment or wax paper) before you pour the caramel. I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t butter a wax paper once and had to throw out one of the test batches. ?

I’ve talked about my obsession with cardamom pods in this post. It’s often overlooked, yet absolutely amazing spice that we all should use more of. The delicate floral flavor of cardamom is infused in these soft caramel bites, making it even more irresistible!

Buttery, soft and chewy caramel bites infused with hint of cardamom. So delightfully addicting! With step-by-step photos and lots of tips.

If you ask me what’s my least favorite part of making caramels, I’d say wrapping the little suckers. Or should I say cutting perfect squares out of wax paper? Well, guess what? I just came across these pre-cut caramel wrappers on amazon.com and ordered one. Candy-wrapping got a whole lot easier!!

Buttery, soft and chewy caramel bites infused with hint of cardamom. So delightfully addicting! With step-by-step photos and lots of tips.

So here’s a question for you. Are YOU going to make these? Or are you going to make these? ?

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Cardamom Caramel Bites

Buttery, soft and chewy caramel bites infused with hint of cardamom. So delightfully addicting! With step-by-step photos and lots of tips.

Yield: 64-128 caramel candies (depending how small you cut them)

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons (55gr) unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
  • 1 cup (200gr) sugar
  • 1 ½ cup (360ml) heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup (120ml) light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground cardamom*
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Line 8-inch (20cm) square baking pan with an aluminum foil and generously butter the bottom and sides.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine all the ingredients and cook over medium heat until boiling, stirring occasionally. Continue to boil the mixture, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 250°F (120°C) on candy thermometer, for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  4. Cut the cooled caramel into small pieces and wrap in wax paper. Store the candies in airtight container.

*Because ground cardamom loses its flavor pretty fast, I recommend buying whole pods. I like to lightly toast the whole pods in a skillet, and then remove the seeds from the pods and grind them in a small mortar and pestle. You can use coffee/spice grinder too, but I like to grind only small amount at a time, so electric grinder is too big for this job.

For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.

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16 comments

  1. Hi!  You put an * next to the cardamom in the recipe.  Was that supposed to reference a note?  I LOVE cardamom and the idea of putting it in caramels sounds amazing.  Just wanted to make sure I was getting all the info.  Thx!

    • Hi, Andrea. Thanks for pointing it out. Yes, I was planning to add a note on how to prepare the cardamom, but it got disappeared. I just updated the recipe with a note now. Hope that helps.

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  3. This caramel looks amazing! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  4. Hello cute lady! I’m stopping by to let you know that your amazing caramel bites will be featured at our party that starts on Monday @7. Woo Hoo! Pinned and tweeted. We love partying with you and hope to see you on Monday! Happy Holidays! Lou Lou Girls

  5. Yummy! This looks easy and so, so good!

  6. Another amazing cardamom recipe that I must try 🙂 Thanks!

  7. Cardamom caramel sounds amazing! This looks fabulous 🙂

  8. Yup, you’ve convinced me, I am going to make these. I love the cardamom in these little cuties, what a great idea!

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