December 18, 2012
Every holiday season, I try to do at least one DIY project that involves the use of baker’s twine. I bought like 5309560 yards of it 5 years ago, thinking I would use it every other day and I’ve barely made a dent in the roll. So I’ve vowed to bust it out for any and all DIY’s until the end of time. This year, I made sea salt caramels. Last year, it was homemade peppermint bark, and the year before that was garland for my Christmas tree. I get an A for effort on my baker’s twine usage, eh?
I made the caramels with this recipe, using the salted caramel variation. I did 3 different batches and after about 4 hours of cooling time, I cut the caramels and wrapped them in wax paper squares. It made roughly 120 wrapped caramels total (I cut mine pretty large), just enough for 10 in each of my 12 jars. By the way, caramels are super easy to make! Do not be frightened of them. Just make sure you have a handy dandy candy thermometer.
As for the jars, I used these 1/2 pint wide-mouth canning jars, cut circles out of kraft paper, hand wrote on each one, and affixed them to the lid with double-stick tape. I tied baker’s twine around each lid and strung a small cardstock circle with a Rifle Paper Co. sticker on it.
They make perfect small gifts for friends and coworkers. What better way to tell someone you care about them than with a jar full of sugary goodness (topped with sea salt, of course)?