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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 7g 11%
  • Carbs 39g 13%
  • Saturated 3g 17%
  • Fiber 1g 3%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 35g
  • Monounsaturated 2g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 2g 4%
  • Cholesterol 16mg 5%
  • Sodium 120mg 5%
  • Calcium 52mg 5%
  • Magnesium 38mg 10%
  • Potassium 153mg 4%
  • Iron 1mg 4%
  • Zinc 1mg 5%
  • Phosphorus 71mg 10%
  • Vitamin A 158µg 18%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 2%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 2%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 21%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 1%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 5µg 1%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 3µg 4%
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