Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale & Pretzel Caramels

December 23, 2010
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale & Pretzel Caramels | Fake Food Free

These caramels need few words, so I won’t provide you with many.

I found this recipe several months ago and have kept it tucked away in my arsenal of holiday baking ideas. I decided to make them this week and use one of our favorite beers brewed in downtown Lexington – Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. It is an ale aged in oak barrels that were previously used to age bourbon.

This was my first time making caramels and I practically did a happy dance in the kitchen when I realized they were setting up correctly.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale & Pretzel Caramels | Fake Food Free

These caramels are nothing short of perfect – soft, sweet, salty – it doesn’t get any better.

Bravo to Sprinkle Bakes which is where you can find the recipe.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale & Pretzel Caramels | Fake Food Free
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale & Pretzel Caramels | Fake Food Free
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale & Pretzel Caramels | Fake Food Free
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale & Pretzel Caramels | Fake Food Free
Merry Christmas!
Blessings to you and your family this holiday season!

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  • Maria December 23, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I LOVE the pretzel in there! Yum! Happy Holidays!

  • emily (a nutritionist eats) December 23, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Lori, these look fantastic!! How did you get them so perfectly shaped?

  • Juliana December 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Lori, these little treat look great…love the idea of salty and sweet all together. Lovely presentation 🙂

  • Tangled Noodle December 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    This is so great! Honestly, I would almost just leave it in the long bar form since I’d probably eat more than a few pieces at a time. Now, how about the next step – dipped in chocolate? 8-D

  • Tangled Noodle December 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Oh, I almost forgot – Merry Christmas!!

  • Mindy December 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I love the long pretzel in there…these look beautiful and delicious! Merry Christmas!

  • Marianne (frenchfriestoflaxseeds) December 23, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Very cool idea. I’m intrigued to know what beer in a caramel tastes like. Love the salty/sweet combo for sure though, and they look great 🙂

  • Lori December 24, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Maria – It not only tastes good, but looks pretty too! Happy Holidays to you!

    Emily – It was luck on my part. 🙂 I used a 9×13 pan with parchment, then placed the pretzels on top after pouring in the caramel. Once cooled, I lifted it out and cut it into bars, then pieces.

    Juliana – I’m a big fan of salty and sweet too!

    TN – I love the idea of a bar. I’ve probably had as much at this point. I have to admit, chocolate crossed my mind. 🙂 Merry Christmas!!

    Mindy – It really does add to the presentation. Merry Christmas!

    Marianne – I thought the beer would be stronger. It is very mild, just a slight tang. You barely notice it is there, but it adds just a little something.

  • MelindaRD December 24, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I am impressed. I would have flopped for sure. I can’t believe that was your first time. They look awesome and I love the pretzel on it.

  • Joanne December 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Usually when I make caramels it takes at least five prayers and three tries to get em right! you did awesomely with these. Love the pretzel…the perfect sweet and salty combo!

  • Chow and Chatter December 24, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    oh wow how good do these look 🙂

    Merry Christmas Lori

    hugs Rebecca

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  • Debinhawaii December 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    What a unique caramel–I love the pretzel on top. They look so perfect and professional too. 😉

  • Anonymous December 27, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Amen to the happy dance. I’ve done that dance many times!! ;))

  • The Food Hunter December 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Great idea…heading over to get the recipe.

  • OysterCulture December 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    OMG – I am still recovering from a digestive issue picked up in Mexico, but my stomach just rumbled loudly – those look amazing. What a delicious idea.

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and will enjoy an incredible new year.

  • souperior December 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    These look super! I think I’ll try them with a few different ales to see which ones make the most of the sweet-salty combo! 🙂

  • Reeni December 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    These are so clever! And they couldn’t have turned out any more perfect. Hope you had a great Christmas – Happy New Year!

  • Erica December 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Oh my gosh- what a fabulous idea! I’m all about this- looks super yummy and would make an amazing gift

  • Lori January 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    They look perfectly delicious.

  • prakash August 29, 2011 at 10:08 am

    very good loking so nice.