I've been obsessed with fancy schmancy salts for a couple of years now, so when I found this recipe for Fleur de Sel Caramels, I knew I had to try it.
I get my gourmet salts from The Meadow, in Portland, OR. Their tiny store is jam-packed with salts, wine, and chocolates, and their staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Their online store is easy to navigate as well. It happens that I had some Fleur de Sel on hand, but I imagine that you could substitute most mild, fine-grain sea salt varieties.
The caramels are totally delicious, but unfortunately, they're hard. Not too hard to eat, but they're definitely stick-to-the-teeth caramels, which is not what I had in mind (I was aiming for the soft, chocolate-covered salt caramels that made me swoon in Ventura last September).
Next time, I'll stop boiling the mixture before it gets to 248 degrees, and maybe I won't worry about the sugar/syrup/water mixture changing colors. There will be a next time- I really want those soft caramels.
(Edited to add: Most of the reviews and comments with this recipe say that the caramels are soft and chewy. My candy thermometer is 30 years old, so it's probably not accurate any more. Most of my fudge recipes have boiling times, and I usually turn the heat off before the thermometer gets to soft ball stage, and the fudge is always creamy. So the hard caramels are likely not the fault of the recipe).