By Vanessa Greaves

That moment when you bite into thick, chewy caramel, and your teeth stick together, and the caramel is melting in your mouth, and you hope your dentist never finds out, but you know it's worth it anyway. That's what these sticky, gooey caramel-laced treats are all about. Some use homemade caramel, and some use store-bought; but they all deliver that one-of-a-kind caramel experience. Make them for yourself and to share with your best caramel-craving friends.

1. Caramel Shortbread Squares

Homemade caramel sandwiched between a shortbread cookie base and a layer of chocolate. Can you handle this much deliciousness? You'll appreciate Kirsten's helpful review with her tips for success.

Caramel Shortbread Squares | Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

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2. Caramel Pretzel Brownies

Two shortcut ingredients--including brownie mix--make these rich, indulgent brownies a snap to pull together. And the reviews? 5-stars all the way!

Caramel Pretzel Brownies | Photo by CoOkInGnUt

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3. Chocolate Turtles® Cheesecake

Want to slay at the next potluck? Show up with this creamy cheesecake in a chocolate cookie crust, drizzled with caramel and chocolate fudge sauces. What?

Chocolate Turtles Cheesecake | Photo by Darlissa Tisdale
Darlissa Tisdale

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4. Caramel Peanut Fudge

Not going to lie: This is not a super-quick and easy recipe. But the outcome will make you feel like a pro. Read Beth Packer's how-to tips before you get started. Because you know you want this.

Caramel Peanut Fudge | Photo by Ryan

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5. Gourmet Caramel Apples

For best results, don't skip the step where you briefly dip the apples in boiling water to remove the wax. Stick the apples in the fridge to cool off so the caramel will adhere.

Gourmet Caramel Apples | Photo by CC

More: Easy Tips for Making Caramel Apples

6. Caramel French Toast

Caramel for breakfast! And guess what? You can make this ahead of time and pop it in the fridge overnight. Bake it the next morning and be prepared for your guests to beg you to open a B&B.

Caramel French Toast | Photo by Christina

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7. Salted Caramel Sauce

This takes just a few minutes to cook, and it makes a splendid hostess gift. Be sure to give it your full attention when its on the stove so it doesn't scorch while you're doing a Facebook live.

Salted Caramel Sauce | Photo by Life Tastes Good

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8. Mary's Salted Caramel-Pecan Bars

Here's something you can make mass quantities of in just a few minutes. Perfect for gift-giving season. (Shall I send you my address?)

Pecan Bars | Photo by Meredith

9. Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Buns

Another caramel for breakfast option. For maximum pleasure, eat them fresh from the oven. If you've never tackled a yeast dough recipe before, you'll appreciate this how-to video. (I know I did!)

Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Buns | Photo by foodelicious

10. Caramel Popcorn

So easy! Just make sure there aren't any unpopped kernels at the bottom of the bowl when you stir in the caramel sauce. You can also customize this by adding nuts and candies.

Caramel Popcorn | Photo by gielastic

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