February 9th, 2011

Cinnamon Caramels

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I’m not a big candy maker, mostly because of all that waiting and stirring.  I didn’t even own a candy thermometer until I saw these caramels over at A Farmgirl’s Dabbles.  I went out and bought one that very day! If you love cinnamon, especially soft and chewy cinnamon (think cinnamon bears or Hot Tamales) you’ll love these.  I couldn’t stop eating them!  These do require a bit of patience and a strong stirring arm, but they are well worth it.  Keep in mind that not all candy thermometers are the same, but to help with that, you can find a great tutorial on calibrating your candy thermometer here.


Cinnamon Caramels

Preparation 10 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 40 mins


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup butter, plus some for buttering the pan
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon oil
  • 1 teaspoon red food color gel


  1. Butter a 9x13 pan and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, cream and butter. Cook, stirring almost constantly, until the mixture reaches 240 degrees. This may take up to 30 minutes.
  3. Remove caramel mixture from heat and stir in the cinnamon oil and red food coloring.
  4. Pour into buttered pan. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate to set.
  5. Let caramel sit for 10-15 minutes at room temperature before cutting.
  6. Wrap individual pieces in wax paper for storing or giving away.
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles.



  1. these are so beautiful! i bet they are delicious too.

  2. Oooh I bet these are delicious. I love cinnamon!

  3. Such wonderful treat for all year round, especially for Valentine’s
    Thanks for your kind comment on my blog…I’m following your blog now!

  4. Wonderful post for the valentines. Simply loved it…. !

  5. We love HOT Tamales! I cannot wait to try these! How fun!

    Susan http://www.ugogrrl.com

  6. you are a pro! those look perfect.

    I did see your whoppie pies… They were GORGEOUS!

  7. Wow! I love caramels and I love cinnamon. What a great combo. These would sure be fun to make.

  8. I love cinnamon! What a great idea and the color on these is spectacular!

  9. I just finished making these and I can see that having them around is going to be a problem because they are AWESOME! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I don’t make a lot of candy that isn’t fudge-related, but this is a fun idea. It sounds delicious.

  11. Cinnamon caramels sound amazing…I love the color.

  12. These look so wonderful! I am doing well making chocolate candy but haven’t been able to successfully make any other type. These might be my next attempt!

  13. Where do you find cinnamon oil? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it at the grocery store. Are these soft and have a fudge-like consistency? We do love cinnamon around here so I can’t wait to try this recipe…just need to find that cinnamon oil!

  14. I have red food coloring but it’s the liquid. It doesn’t say gel on the box, so will it work ok??

  15. Mines not setting up and it’s been a few hours :(… I just read your reply so maybe the food coloring is the problem 🙁

  16. I made these today or I should say I tried. They are caramel colored and hard as rock. the mixture never even got to 240.might need a new thermomenter….

  17. Is it 240 degrees celcius or farenheit?

  18. This looks so good. I would need to get all natural extract and probably skip the food coloring. Darn allergies. Thanks for recipe.

  19. Can you substitute with coconut oil?


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