Salted Caramel Snacks and Desserts

The combination of salty and sweet has always been a pleasing partnership, so it’s no surprise that the salted caramel flavor is a hot trend and a great way to add interesting flavor to snacks and desserts.

  • Salted Caramel Ice Cream
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Salted Caramel Ice Cream

    It is hard to beat the sweet and salty flavor of this indulgent yet lightened ice cream.
  • Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce
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    Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce

    The layer of sauce in the middle of the pudding is the secret to this velvety-rich interior.
  • Coffee Sundaes with Salted Peanut Butter Caramel
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    Coffee Sundaes with Salted Peanut Butter Caramel

    The sweet and salty combo in this sundae is truly amazing. Serve it to special guests, or treat the family to a weeknight splurge.
  • Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate-Covered Turtles
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    Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate-Covered Turtles

    Using smoked sea salt adds another depth of flavor to these caramel-and-chocolate covered pecans.
  • Pumpkin and chocolate together are surprisingly delicious.
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Robyn Valarik  

    Pumpkin-Orange Cheesecake with Chocolate Crust and Salted Caramel

    Pumpkin and chocolate together are surprisingly delicious, but it's the addition of salted caramel that takes this showstopping dessert over the top.
  • Caramal-Mocha-Sea Salt Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Caramel-Mocha-Sea Salt Cupcakes

    This cupcake is a combination of salty and sweet blended with mocha and is one of the most requested flavors at Dreamcakes Bakery in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Caramel Popcorn
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Caramel Popcorn

    Buttered popcorn becomes even better when you add caramel flavor with brown sugar, corn syrup and light molasses. You’d better make several batches, because this treat won’t last long.
  • <p>Chocolate-Salted Caramel Tart</p>

    Chocolate-Salted Caramel Tart

    This decadent tart with a phyllo crust, creamy dark chocolate filling and topping of sea salt flakes is a pleasure trip for all of your senses but has only 126 calories per serving.
  • Caramel-Fleur de Sel Ice Cream
    Jennifer Davick

    Caramel-Fleur de Sel Ice Cream

    Homemade caramel ice cream develops an even richer flavor when you stir in vanilla and fleur de sel (hand-harvested sea salt).
  • Salted Caramel-Chocolate Cupcakes
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Salted Caramel-Chocolate Cupcakes

    These cupcakes may well be the ultimate in cupcake decadence with cream cheese and butter in the cake batter, a chocolate topping, and then a caramel-cream cheese frosting with flaked salt. You’ll see that salt really does bring out the flavor of the sweet.
  • Chocolate-Caramel-Pecan Potato Chips
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    Chocolate-Caramel-Pecan Chips

    When you can’t decide whether you want salty or sweet for a snack, pick both. Start with a bag of ruffled potato chips, drizzle with melted caramels, and top with chocolate and pecans. We find these chips impossible to resist.
  • Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pecan Pie
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

    Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pecan Pie

    A cross between a fudge pie and pecan pie, this is all the more stunning if you arrange the pecans from the center in a spiral pattern.
  • Salted Caramel Cheesecakes
    Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite

    Salted Caramel Cheesecakes

    There's something so special about your own individual dessert. For the biggest impact, sprinkle on a beautiful flake salt at the end; if you don't have that, sea salt will work, too.
  • Salted Caramel Brownies
    Photo: Francesco Tonelli; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite

    Salted Caramel Brownies

    With their rich, indulgent flavors, these layered caramel brownies dusted in sea salt are a definite crowd-pleaser.
  • Salted Caramel-Pecan Bars
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Salted Caramel-Pecan Bars

    This is a classic recipe updated with a sprinkle of kosher salt. Perfect for a host gift or holiday dessert tray, the salty-sweet flavor will keep people coming back for more.
  • Peanut-Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches
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    Peanut-Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

    These soft, yielding cookies have a double dose of chocolate. They're the perfect foil for rich, gooey Salted Caramel Peanut-Butter Ice Cream ice cream.
  • Cracker Jack Caramel Sundaes
    Photo: Lisa Romerein; Styling: Valerie Aikman-Smith

    Cracker Jack Caramel Sundaes

    No ball game would be complete without the traditional peanuts and Cracker Jack. These sundaes give you both. You can use store-bought Cracker Jack (the cook gets to keep the prize) or make your own with gourmet caramel corn and salty Spanish peanuts.
  • Salted-Butter Caramels
    Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Stephana Bottom

    Salted-Butter Caramels

    Make your own salted caramels with just five ingredients. Flaked sea salt creates a gorgeous contrast against the golden-brown caramels.
  • Open-Face Apple Pie with Salted Pecan Crumble
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Open-Face Apple Pie with Salted Pecan Crumble

    Reminiscent of caramel apples, this open-face pie is topped with salted nuts and luscious caramel sauce.
  • Salted Caramel Strawberries
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Leigh Anne Montgomery

    Salted Caramel Strawberries

    If you love chocolate-covered strawberries, then chances are you'll love this twist! Big, juicy strawberries taste fabulous when dipped in gooey, salty caramel and nuts.

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