While visiting with my grand kids up north, they were into Salted caramel nut in vanilla ice cream. I promised my granddaughter I would send her this recipe which she could make and then mix in with any vanilla ice cream. This one’s for you, Maddie! First a little history about sea salt…
Sea salt is salt produced from the evaporation of seawater. It is used in cooking and cosmetics. It is also called bay salt or solar salt. Like mineral salt, production of sea salt has been dated to prehistoric times. Some cooks believe it tastes better than salt from mines. However, there is little or no health benefit to using sea salt over other forms of sodium chloride salts. (Wikipedia)
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 cup toasted nuts – hazelnuts, almonds or any combination, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Place sugar and water in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Cook over medium high heat without stirring, until mixture starts to brown, about 14 minutes. Gently swirl the pan until the mixture is an even, deep amber color, about 1 minute.
Immediately remove the pan from heat and quickly stir in nuts and sea salt. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading in an even layer, and let cool. Once cool, break into small pieces and spoon over the vanilla ice cream!