Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale & Pretzel Caramels

These caramels need few words, so I won’t leave 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.

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.

Merry Christmas!
Blessings to you and your family this holiday season!
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Comments

  1. says

    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

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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!

  4. says

    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.

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