Velvety smooth homemade caramels have a sprinkling of kosher salt to create a sweet-salty sensation. Best of these caramels don't call for each to be wrapped in waxed paper or plastic wrap...a very tedious chore. The hot caramel is poured into miniature muffin liners instead.—Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
I created this candy by combining my husband's favorite cookie recipe and my mom's caramel dip. These sweets really appeal to kids...plus, they can help make them!—Tamara Holschen, Anchor Point, Alaska
I created this recipe wanting to make my own version of a pretzel log dipped in caramel, chocolate and nuts from a popular candy store. These are smothered with homemade caramel. —Michilene Klaver, Grand Rapids, Michigan
These candies disappear as fast as I can make them. The five-ingredient microwave recipe is easy and fun to make. When drizzled with white almond bark and packaged with ribbon, they make a pretty gift.
Granite Falls, Minnesota
A box of this mouthwatering homemade candy does an outstanding job of showing your affection on Valentine’s Day or any time. The recipe comes from Janice Price of Lexington, Kentucky, who notes, “These are delicious and so easy to make.”—Janice Price, Lexington, Kentucky
I saw this candy recipe on a cooking TV show, but made some adjustments to suit our tastes. We make the caramels every Easter, and many more times throughout the year. —Deanna Polito-Laughinghouse, Raleigh, North Carolina
I altered the original recipe for these creamy caramels by substituting condensed milk for part of the whipping cream and cutting back on the sugar. Everybody raves about them, and they make a great holiday gift. You can't eat just one! —Patsy Howell, Peru, Indiana
Meet the Cook: I haven't missed a year making this candy for the holidays since a friend gave me the recipe in 1964! It is made like a pan of upside-down bars and tastes like my favorite caramel pecan candies. We are natives of the Lone Star State who moved to Ohio when my husband was transferred several years ago.
-June Humphrey, Strongsville, Ohio