Coconut caramels

Make these caramels as a Christmas treat for family and friends. Add in other festive goodies and wrap up in a gift box for a thoughtful present

Makes 20-25
 Gluten Free 


85g unsalted butter, plus extra for the tin
200ml coconut cream
tsp vanilla extract
150g golden granulated sugar
150g golden syrup
4 tbsp desiccated coconut
flavourless oil, such as sunflower, for cutting


Butter and line the base and sides of a 20 x 30cm tin with baking parchment. Pour the coconut cream into a saucepan along with the butter and vanilla, then bring to a simmer. Swirl the pan to melt the butter, then remove from the heat.

In a separate pan, melt the sugar and golden syrup together, stirring occasionally. Once the sugar granules have dissolved, bring to the boil and cook until the temperature reaches 155C on a sugar thermometer. Take off the heat and swiftly whisk through the coconut mixture. Return to the heat and cook until the mixture reaches 127C, constantly whisking.

Pour the caramel into the tin, tilting so it reaches the corners. Leave to set for 15 mins, then sprinkle over the desiccated coconut. Leave to cool completely at room temperature. Cut into squares using a very sharp, slightly oiled knife, then wrap each one in a square of baking parchment, twisting it at the sides. Will keep in an airtight container for one week.