Toasted Hazelnut & Cardamom Caramels

Serves: 60 caramels

Difficulty: Easy

Caramels you have made yourself are much more impressive than store bought ones, and they are surprisingly easy to make. You do need a cook’s thermometer which you can buy at most good cook shops or buy it online. They taste best within a week of making them, which i’d be surprised if they last you that long. Awesome as a sweet treat after dinner, or simply on their own!


  • 175 g golden syrup
  • 100 ml water
  • 600 g caster sugar
  • 450 ml whipping cream
  • 225 g unsalted butter
  • 10 green cardamom pods, seeds removed and coarsely crushed
  • 100 g toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped
  • a cooks / sugar thermometer


1. In a large heavy based saucepan mix together the golden syrup, water and caster sugar. Use a pastry brush dipped in water to clean the sides of the pan or the sugar will burn.

2. Give it a  really good mix before turning on the heat and bringing to the boil.

3. Once boiling pour in the whipping cream and stir in the unsalted butter.

4. Bring to the boil before reducing the heat to low-medium. Pop in a sugar thermometer.

5. Let the caramel get to 121┬░C (firm ball stage). Try not to go over or under, and please be patient as it will take at least 20 minutes.

6. In the meantime line a 30 cm x 25cm x 5cm greased brownie tin with parchment paper.

7. Once the caramel is exactly at the right temperature, turn off the heat and carefully pour it into the prepared tin.

8. Wait a minute or so before generously sprinkling over the green cardamom and the chopped hazelnuts.

9. Now you have to wait for the caramel to set, around 5 hours or overnight, before cutting into large chunks.


Elena| May 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

This looks fantastic and actually rather easy. I always thought caramels would be difficult but your easy approach makes me want to try these.

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