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If you've got a candy thermometer and a sweet tooth, cookbook author and food stylist Annie Rigg has Sweet Things, a whole pile of delicious treats for you to make for friends, family…yourself…really, anyone who comes to mind. With foolproof instructions from a master confectioner, homemade buttery salted caramels are well within reach. 

This delicious caramel is the starting point for a whole world of adventures. It is scrumptious as it is — cut into squares and wrapped in paper or cellophane — but I would highly recommend that you seek out some smoked sea salt flakes and try adding those for a taste sensation. You could also coat each caramel square in dark or milk chocolate. Or slice the caramel into delicate fingers and dip the undersides in melted chocolate and nuts or coconut…

Reprinted with permission from Sweet Things