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Recipe Summary

10 mins
25 mins
1 hr 7 mins
1 hr 42 mins
20 pieces


Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Simple Syrup:


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat to make simple syrup. Bring to a boil and cook until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly, 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Combine simple syrup, bacon fat, molasses, and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring frequently, until a thick syrup forms, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour syrup into a freezer-safe container.

  • Freeze until syrup sets, 1 to 2 hours. Slice into individual caramels and wrap in waxed paper.

Cook's Note:

If there is a layer of unincorporated fat on top as you stir, slowly add sugar directly until the layer is gone.

Nutrition Facts

259 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 11.7g 4% DV; fat 23.8g 37% DV; cholesterol 22.6mg 8% DV; sodium 37.6mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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I hate to do this but after two attempts of following the recipe to the letter I have no other choice. There is either something missing or a step missing in this recipe. On my first attempt everything appeared normal but when I pulled it out of the freezer the fat was no longer incorporated in with the mixture but had rose to the top and the mixture below never set up. I tasted it and the flavor was good but it was like syrup. On my 2nd attempt and the last of my saved up bacon grease I let it go longer on the stove until it hit 250. This seemed to work pretty good however in getting there the red flakes burned along with some of the mixture. My house smelled horrid but since it was too hot to handle I stuck the whole mess in the freezer to make the smell go away. To my surprise the next morning it didn't look near as burnt as it had and the fat stayed incorporated with the rest that time. It was still too loose and not caramel-y though and the bacon grease flavor was too dominant. I really wanted this to work and I love the idea of the chili flakes but as written it simply did not work for me. Twice. Read More