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[Photo: Carolyn Cope]

Whether it's in soft and sticky or sweet and crunchy form, caramel and toffee have the power to make any dessert especially comforting. One bite of the sweet (and sometimes salty) goodness and you're transported back to a simpler time when buying a candy bar after school could solve any problem. Here are some tasty desserts that highlight the magical thing that happens when you start cooking your sugar.

Caramel Apples: A childhood carnival favorite to make at home. Tart and crunchy apples are a perfect match with sweet caramel.

Brioche Monkey Bread: A more sophisticated version of the summer camp classic with broiche bread filling in for the usual store bought biscuits.

Toffee Bars: Slabs of chewy toffee topped with chocolate and almonds are a classic brownie alternative.

Beer and Salted Caramel Ice Cream: Salted Caramel Ice Cream with an alcoholic twist! The beer makes for a light and fluffy spoonful and heightens the caramel flavor.

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[Photo: Deborah Jones]

Cardamom Caramel Palmiers: These aromatic Palmiers have the perfect flaky to caramelized ratio and are elevated with a touch of cardamom.

Salted Caramel Blended Ice Milk: A blended coffee drink without the coffee, Caramel Blended Ice Milk is the perfect sweet beverage for a caffeine free morning.

Caramel Flan: A wonderful balance of caramel and custard, this fail proof flan is a good recipes to have in your back pocket!

Coconut Macaroons with Salted Caramel: Sweet and sticky coconut macaroons topped with more sweet and sticky (in the form of caramel) makes for one decadent cookie!

Caramel Cake: Classic caramel cake made with a dense vanilla cake base and a thick layer of crunchy, hardened caramel sauce over top.

Spicy Peanut Caramel Corn: A delicious, crunchy, nutty, and sweet at home version of the Cracker Jack.

Caramel Sauce: Every scoop of ice cream needs a sticky sauce drizzled on top and this caramel version packs a nice salty punch.

Salted Caramel and Walnut Slice: A coconut and walnut shortbread cookie topped with a thick layer of honey based caramel.

Caramel Apple Cider Jelly: All of the flavors of fall packed into one jar, this jelly highlights caramel with apple cider and spices.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Toffee: Chocolate covered pretzels are always delicious, but add toffee and you've got a full on dessert.

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[Photo: Carrie Vasios]

Toffee Chunk Cookies: Chocolate covered toffee chunks make for a wonderful chocolate chip replacement in any chocolate chip cookie.

Chocolate Sticky Toffee Pudding: Spiced date filled and chocolate sponge cakes drenched in an Irish cream liqueur toffee sauce makes for the ideal dinner party dessert.

Salted Caramel Apple Dip: A creamy take on the salty and sweet combination serves as a great dip on a fall day.

Milk Chocolate Cookies with Ginger and Toffee: Tangy ginger and sweet toffee bits amp up a classic chocolate chip recipe.

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