DIY Salted Caramel Sauce + Foodie Gift Guide

I heard my first Christmas song yesterday. I’ve been in denial, but ready or not, December is just around the corner and so are my favorite holidays!

This week, I’m getting into the holiday spirit. I love making DIY gifts for my friends and family, as well as shopping for just the perfect thing. So every day this week, I’ll be sharing an easy DIY gift along with a fun gift guide.

Today, I have a recipe for DIY Salted Caramel Sauce and a foodie gift guide.

DIY Salted Caramel Sauce + Foodie Gift Guide | Hello Little Home #HolidayGiftGuide #dessertI love, love, love salted caramel sauce. I’ll eat it on pretty much everything, and I even have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to it.

For a long time, I was under the impression that it was difficult to make, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. You can whip up a batch of this DIY Salted Caramel Sauce in about 10 minutes with just a few ingredients … no thermometers or tricky steps required!

If you can bear to share it, this luscious treat makes the perfect gift. Just package it in a small jar and attach a simple paper gift tag. It reheats easily in the microwave and is delicious drizzled over ice cream and all your favorite sweets.

Scroll to the end of the post for the simple recipe.

Foodie Gift Guide + DIY Salted Caramel Sauce | Hello Little HomeTo go along with my DIY Salted Caramel Sauce, I’ve created a foodie gift guide. I think we all know someone who lives and dies for their next meal. This gift guide has something that will make any food-lover lick their lips in delight!

  1. Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck. If you’ve ever visited Thug Kitchen’s blog, you’re familiar with their irreverent take on healthy eating. The companion cookbook is filled with the same fun attitude and more than 100 delicious recipes.
  2. Silpat Baking Mats. Any baker would love one of these French nonstick mats that make baking and cleanup a snap.
  3. Boska Homemade Mozzarella Kit. This starter kit contains everything your favorite foodie needs to make their own fresh mozzarella. There is a goat cheese kit, too.
  4. Le Creuset Soleil Tagine. Look for a unique gift? This colorful, cast iron tagine (available in  more colors) is ideal making the Moroccan stew it’s named after, as well as browning foods on the stovetop and warming tortillas or flatbreads in the oven.
  5. Sur La Table Olivewood Tree Slice Serving Board. Package this gorgeous board with a few of your favorite foods and a bottle of wine.
  6. Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes. Nutella fanatics will love this cookbook, which has mouth-watering recipes for everything from macaroons to cheesecake.
  7. Craftsy Class. Experiences are often the best gifts, so further your favorites foodies knowledge of food with an awesome online class from Craftsy. There are a ton of options, such as Artisan Bread Making, 20 Essential Cooking Techniques, or Vietnamese Classics: Pho, Noodles, and Beyond.
  8. Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Box. Give a gorgeous, vintage-inspired tin recipe box! It comes with 12 letterpressed dividers and 24 recipe cards featuring Rifle Paper Co.’s beautiful designs.
  9. GEFU Spirelli Spiral Slicer. Healthy eaters will love this cool gadget that effortlessly slices their favorite veggies into spirals.
  10. Jacob Bromwell Original Popcorn Popper. Create family memories with this heirloom-quality, old-time popper! It’s an American classic that’s in its 195th year of production.
  11. Kitchen Papers by Cake ‘Goat, Sheep & Cow’ Cheese Markers. Entertainers and cheese-lovers alike will adore these fun markers.
  12. Lodge Logic Cast Iron Skillet. A cast iron skillet is a kitchen classic that will last a lifetime.
  13. Nambé ‘Bella’ Salad Bowl & Servers. This gorgeous salad set will look at home on any table.
  14. Paper Source Donuts Apron. Your favorite donut lover will adore this cute apron! Donuts pot holders, tea towels, and more are available, too.
  15. Indian Essentials Organic Herbs and Spices. This set contains everything needed to cook delicious Indian meals. If Indian food isn’t their thing, give a Mexican, Italian, Thai, or Mobile Foodie Survival Kit instead.
  16. The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks. This cool book is structured around a series of easy-to-follow classes that will turn your loved one into a beer expert!

DIY Salted Caramel Sauce

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

DIY Salted Caramel Sauce


  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add brown sugar and cream.
  3. Stir until smooth.
  4. Simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Mix in salt and vanilla.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!


  • - Refrigerate any unused caramel sauce.
  • - To reheat caramel sauce, heat for 15 seconds in the microwave, stir, and repeat until hot.

DIY Salted Caramel Sauce + Foodie Gift Guide | Hello Little Home #HolidayGiftGuide #dessertWhat is your favorite food related gift?

I’m linking up with these link parties, as well as Tutorials & Tips, Much Ado About Monday, Tweak It Tuesday, Wine’d Down Wednesday, I Heart Naptime, Say G’Day, Saturday Sparks,  and Lou Lou Girls.

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Foodie Alert! Fancy Food Show Favorites

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week. I’m taking a break from my usual Friday link roundup today and talking about some amazing food I tried recently.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend the Fancy Food Show here in New York. The show is North America’s largest specialty food and beverage event and featured over 180,000 products (confections, cheese, coffee, snacks, spices, and more) and more than 2,400 exhibitors from around the world. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to be to be there!

While I was there, I tried tons of unique and interesting foods and was able to learn about some great companies. It really was awesome, if a bit overwhelming! There were definitely some trends – lots of organic/non-GMO products, foods infused with lavender, beef jerky, and flavored syrups to name a few – that I’ll be looking for on my local shelves.

Today I’m sharing a roundup of my favorite products from the show. Believe me, it was really hard to narrow this list down after trying so many wonderful foods! Fancy Food Show Favorites | Hello Little Home #SpecialtyFoods

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