Pumpkin Caramels

Food Network


  • 1/2 Cup  toasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • 1 Cup  maple syrup
  • 3/4 Cups  light brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup  heavy cream
  • 1/4 Cup  dark corn syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon  pumpkin or apple pie spice
  • 1 Teaspoon  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  fine salt
  • 2/3 Cups  canned pumpkin purée, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon  unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Teaspoon  pure vanilla extract

These chewy treats are the perfect giveaways for your holiday party. The pumpkin purée creates a unique and smooth texture in the caramel, and the pumpkin seeds add the perfect crunch. 


Line an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan with waxed paper or aluminum foil. Brush the sides, but not the bottom lightly with butter and sprinkle the pumpkin seeds in the bottom.

Whisk the maple syrup, brown sugar, cream, corn syrup, pie spice, lemon juice, and salt together in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. Brush down the sides on the saucepan with water to remove every grain of sugar. Set the candy thermometer into the sugar. Cook the mixture over medium heat, without stirring, until the mixture reaches the firm ball stage, 248 degrees, about 18-20 minutes.

Carefully stir in the pumpkin purée. Return to the heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the caramel reaches the soft ball stage, 240 degrees, about 15 minutes more. Remove from the heat and stir in butter and vanilla.

Pour the caramel over the pumpkin seeds in the prepared pan. Smooth to an even layer. Cool to room temperature.

When fully cooled peel from the waxed paper or foil and cut into 24 (1-inch) squares. Wrap individually in parchment or waxed paper and store in an airtight container for up to a week.


This recipe was adapted from the original on FoodNetwork.com.


Calories per serving:

217 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 85g 131%
  • Carbs 463g 154%
  • Saturated 40g 200%
  • Fiber 9g 35%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 424g
  • Monounsaturated 25g
  • Polyunsaturated 14g
  • Protein 22g 45%
  • Cholesterol 194mg 65%
  • Sodium 1,440mg 60%
  • Calcium 630mg 63%
  • Magnesium 460mg 115%
  • Potassium 1,840mg 53%
  • Iron 9mg 50%
  • Zinc 10mg 65%
  • Phosphorus 851mg 122%
  • Vitamin A 1,897µg 211%
  • Vitamin C 11mg 18%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 22%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 4mg 255%
  • Niacin (B3) 4mg 19%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 13%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 62µg 15%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 4%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 19%
  • Vitamin K 34µg 43%
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