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These delightful keto caramel candies offer a simple and delicious treat. Having abstained from refined sugar for over two decades, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a two-ingredient recipe that yielded a chewy caramel candy compatible with keto, low-carb, and blood sugar-conscious diets.

I enjoy experimenting with various ingredients, and allulose has proven to be a fascinating addition to my repertoire. Allulose, a relatively recent sugar alternative, mirrors the taste and appearance of granulated white sugar without causing a spike in blood sugar levels. For more information on allulose and alternative sweeteners, check out my blog post.

Traditional caramels, typically made with sugar, heavy cream, and butter, may taste fantastic but aren’t ideal for those managing blood sugar levels. Consuming even a small quantity can lead to a significant spike in blood sugar levels, a concern for those aiming to maintain stability. While spikes are inevitable with food consumption, moderation is key.

If you’re seeking an occasional treat devoid of refined sugar and blood sugar spikes, you might also enjoy Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Crunchy No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups, or Fudge Brownie In a Mug.

Why You’ll Appreciate This Recipe

This caramel recipe is incredibly easy, requiring only two ingredients and a few minutes of your time. Indulge guilt-free in these quick and easy caramels for a delightful treat. Everyone deserves a treat now and then!

Ingredients:

  • Allulose: Granulated allulose imparts sweetness to these caramels.
  • Butter: Butter contributes to the texture, providing a creamy consistency. Salted or unsalted butter can be used.

Equipment:

  • Measuring cup
  • Pot
  • Candy thermometer
  • Loaf pan
  • Parchment paper

How to Prepare Caramels:

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, ensuring it doesn’t burn.
  2. Add allulose to the melted butter, stirring constantly with a chopstick or small silicone spatula.
  3. Using a candy thermometer, allow the temperature to reach 300°F and no higher to prevent burning.
  4. Remove from heat immediately and continue stirring.
  5. Pour the caramel mixture into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
  6. Allow the caramel to set in the fridge for about an hour.
  7. Lift the parchment paper out of the pan and cut the caramel candy into your preferred shapes. Wrap pieces in parchment or waxed paper.
  8. Store in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy!

Storage: These keto-friendly caramels will stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks. Ensure proper wrapping or use an airtight container.

Pro Tips:

  1. Utilize a candy thermometer for precise temperature control.
  2. Adhere to the recommended setting time to avoid mushy caramels.

FAQs:

Q: Are these caramels keto-friendly? A: Yes, with just allulose and butter, these caramels are keto-friendly.

Q: What is sugar-free caramel made of? A: Sugar-free caramels can be crafted using a sugar substitute called allulose.

Q: Does allulose caramelize like sugar? A: Yes, allulose does caramelize, but be cautious not to let it burn. Keep an eye on the pan and use your candy thermometer.

Cook Time: 7 minutes
Course: Dessert, Sweet Treats
Servings: 16
Calories: 5 kcal

Equipment:

  • Measuring cup
  • Pot
  • Candy thermometer
  • Loaf pan
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup allulose, granulated
  • ½ cup butter

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat.
  2. Add allulose to the melted butter and stir constantly with a chopstick or small silicone spatula.
  3. Using a candy thermometer, allow the temperature to rise to 300°F and no higher. Above 300°F, allulose will burn (learned this the hard way!).
  4. Remove from heat immediately. Continue to stir.
  5. Pour caramel into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
  6. Allow it to “set up” in the fridge for about an hour.
  7. Lift the parchment paper out of the pan and cut your caramel candy into any shape you like. Wrap pieces in parchment or waxed paper.
  8. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy!

Notes:

  • If you like salted caramel, use coarse sea salt to sprinkle. For chocolate-dipped caramel, cut caramel into small pieces and dip into dark chocolate. The possibilities are endless! Get ready for more caramel recipe variations now that I know the secret to making keto, blood sugar-friendly caramel!

Nutrition:

  • Calories: 5 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Fat: 0.2g
    • Saturated Fat: 0.1g
    • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g
    • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g
  • Cholesterol: 1mg
  • Sodium: 8mg
  • Potassium: 10mg
  • Sugar: 0.4g
  • Vitamin A: 12IU
  • Calcium: 9mg
  • Iron: 0.003mg

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