Pumpkin Spice Caramels

Soft, chewy, buttery, and perfectly spiced, these Pumpkin Spice Caramels are impossible to resist.

Soft, chewy, buttery, and perfectly spiced, these Pumpkin Spice Caramels are impossible to resist. | MomOnTimeout.com | #fall #candy #recipe #pumpkin

And here I am with another “pumpkin” recipe that doesn’t actually contain any pumpkin…#donthateme. Trust me, these caramels will have you thinking “pumpkin pie” anyways.  It’s kind of funny how recipes that have pumpkin pie spice in them totally make you think of pumpkin – without any pumpkin being used. It’s tricky like that.

So you guys may have noticed that the photos look a little different, totally not my style, I get that.  I thought I would try something a little different, outside my comfort zone.  If you hate them – no problem. Just lie to me in the comments telling me you like it.  That works for me. I don’t deal with criticism very well.

Soft, chewy, buttery, and perfectly spiced, these Pumpkin Spice Caramels are impossible to resist. | MomOnTimeout.com | #fall #candy #recipe #pumpkin

So one of the questions that I think most people have about caramels is – are they hard or soft? And the answer to that question is – it’s up to you! It depends on the temperature that you cook them to. I make my caramels soft. I think they taste better, are easier to eat, and definitely easier to wrap up.  I like being able to smush them in my fingers and so do the boys.

Soft, chewy, buttery, and perfectly spiced, these Pumpkin Spice Caramels are impossible to resist. | MomOnTimeout.com | #fall #candy #recipe #pumpkin

So that may be my favorite shot above.  I love how you an see all the spice in the caramels and see how wonderfully soft and gooey the caramels are.  Love. These babies just melt in your mouth

One thing to note about these caramels is that it’s super important to test your candy thermometer before you get started.  You’re looking for that magic 248 °F.  Make sure you let the caramel rest for at least 12 hours, 24 is even better, before cutting into pieces.

Soft, chewy, buttery, and perfectly spiced, these Pumpkin Spice Caramels are impossible to resist. | MomOnTimeout.com | #fall #candy #recipe #pumpkin

You can cut into squares or logs or whatever shape you desire.  Wrap them up in waxed paper and hand out to your friends and family. The good news is that this recipe makes LOTS of caramels so you can make a lot of people very happy.

Pumpkin Spice Caramels
Soft, chewy, buttery, and perfectly spiced, these Pumpkin Spice Caramels are impossible to resist.
Serves: 64 pieces
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (8 Tbls)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbls pumpkin pie spice
  1. Lightly spray 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Leave an overhang so you can pull the caramel out easily. Set aside.
  2. Combine first four ingredients in a large heavy bottomed pot. Go bigger than you think you need.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. It's super important to scrape off all the sugar from the sides of the pot - all of it.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking WITHOUT stirring until it reaches 248 °F. This can take anywhere for 20 minutes to an hour, just be patient. (Make sure you check the accuracy of your candy thermometer beforehand.)
  5. Remove from heat and stir in salt and pumpkin pie spice.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Let it rest for 12-24 hours before cutting into pieces.
  7. Wrap caramels in waxed paper to store. Can be stored in the fridge or at room temperature.

Soft, chewy, buttery, and perfectly spiced, these Pumpkin Spice Caramels are impossible to resist. | MomOnTimeout.com | #fall #candy #recipe #pumpkin

 More pumpkin treats:


Pumpkin Carrot Cake Cupcakes


Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Maple Glaze


Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes


Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Cake


Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles

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  1. I can attest to how good these are. The 4 I tried were not nearly enough!
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  2. These look utterly amazing!!
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  3. Cathy Perez says:

    Pumpkin Spice Caramels they sound like something I want to try. Pinned!

  4. Good Lord! These look so perfect. Time to get a candy thermometer!
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  5. I think the photos are fantastic, Trish! And I can only eat the soft caramels. My teeth can’t handle the hard ones. These sound like the perfect fall treat!
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  6. Oh my goodness! They look perfect. I’ve got to give them a try. They would be so perfect as a garnish on cupcakes too.
    Have a great day!

  7. Oh my gosh. GORGEOUS photos!!
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  8. I don’t even know what to say about these other than O.M.G. And also: why don’t you live next door to me???
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  9. Girl, I LOVE your photos!! You totally rocked it! (And no, this isn’t a lie. I seriously love love LOVE them!!) The dark colors… The cast iron pan… So gorgeous and classy. And these caramels… I’m hoping to move close to you and Amy really soon, and I would do anything to get a taste of these! ;) Pinned!
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    • I got you out of spam Amy – thanks for the email. Hopefully that doesn’t happen anymore :) And thank you so much for your sweet words. It was fun to try something new. And yes, get up here in Sac ASAP!

  10. The smushy caramel pic is my favorite, too! Why anybody likes hard caramel is beyond me.
    And I love the photo style! It’s fantastic! I can see little flecks of pumpkin spice, and it makes me very happy and eager to try these!
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  11. I will definitely make them, they look soo delicious!
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  12. Some pretty gorgeous photos ya got here! I am afraid to make these because I might eat too many!
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  13. Oh my gosh Trish, I love the photos, they’re so gorgeous!! I’m dying over that soft melty caramel shot over the cast iron and dark colors – it’s just perfect and totally making me wish I had some in front of me:)

  14. Trish, these caramels look like perfection! They’re the perfect color and I can almost taste them! Pinning. :)
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  15. Have you tried dropping one of these in a cup of coffee or sweeten a latte with one? I will whip up a batch this weekend and let you know if this fall treat is as yummy as I imagine.

  16. Totally obsessed with how delicious these caramels are. What a great recipe.. I must try it!
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  17. Soft, chewy caramels are my weakness. These look FanFlippinTastic!
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  18. I need to make some of these right now! Your pictures are beautiful! Pinned!

  19. Oh my goodness! No need to lie, the pictures are beautiful and your favorite picture literally made my mouth water.. pinning this for later. Thanks for the recipe.
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  20. Shannon Rae says:

    I just made these and they do taste amazing!!… I allowed them to rest for 24hours but my question is how do you get them out of the wax paper??? Mines stuck.. I let them cook to 248 F but that was in the center of the pot, I wonder if maybe the outer wasn’t hot enough?? And is there a difference between wax and parchment paper? Because I used wax paper to pour it into so Idk if that’s the problem… I thought they were the same but I don’t know, this is my first time making any candy so trial and error I guess. Great recipe though these taste amazing! And the pictures are what sold me, by the way, great job! Thanks for sharing :)

  21. Ann Croaston says:

    This may have appeared earlier in the comments, but I’m guessing that the recipe calls for one stick of unsalted butter (4 oz) instead of 2 sticks of butter, which would be the 8 oz listed–is that right?

  22. These caramels look great. I like the fact that they are gluten free. Pinned.
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  23. I have never been a huge caramel fan but looking at these I am rethinking everything Perfect for the fall in every way.

  24. I dont have any light corn syrup right now… is it possible to use honey or simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water) instead?

  25. OMG!!! Just finished making these and sampled what was left on the spatula….AMAZING! Thank You for sharing such an easy and tasty recipe!!! I don’t think I will share any caramels though!!


  26. I just made these yesterday! Let them set overnight, but they are HARD! What’s the trick to get them soft and chewy? Don’t get me wrong these are tasty even hard, but I was hoping for soft chewy caramels!!

  27. Monica Romero says:

    Hi! Is there anyway to use corn syrup in these?

  28. Should the caramels be jiggly after about 4 hours? Also can I cook them in the fridge? I hope I cooked them long enough. My thermometer got to the desired level but the wiggly caramel is a concern.

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