Salted Bourbon Caramel Pops for Popsicle Week (and a giveaway!)

by autumn on August 12, 2013


It’s popsicle week! Do you make up holidays? Are you a grown adult who still enjoys a good taco night? Do you celebrate your “birthday WEEK” rather than your “birthDAY?” Great! I think you’ll be quite into popsicle week, which is a completely made up occasion to celebrate popsicles on the internet. Billy from the blog Wit & Vinegar is the mastermind behind Popsicle Week. Be sure to click on over to the Popsicle Week WORLD HEADQUARTERS (!!!) throughout the week to check out the popsicle recipes that other bloggers are sharing.


I’m celebrating in style with some salted bourbon caramel pops made with Fat Toad Farm’s amazing salted bourbon goat’s milk caramel. Fat Toad Farm is a small, family owned goat dairy in Central Vermont specializing in farmstead Goat’s Milk Caramel sauces. Check out their online store to see all that they make. You may recall that I tried some of this famed, small-batch cajeta earlier this summer at the Fancy Food Show. It was SO GOOD that I pretty much came right home and emailed the folks at Fat Toad Farm to see if they’d be interested in working together for a giveaway. (I also followed them on twitter and facebook because CUTE GOAT PICS.) Luckily they were happy to share and sent me some salted bourbon caramel to play around with, plus some to give away!



I got the inspiration to use the cajeta in a popsicle from Fany Gerson’s awesome book Paletas. I deliberated over accessorizing my pops—peanut butter swirl, chocolate dip—but, ultimately deciding to go minimal and really let the flavor of the cajeta shine. The depth of flavor is so amazing in the salted bourbon cajeta that I really just wanted to showcase it.


Thanks to the folks at Fat Toad Farm, I have this really cute goat’s milk caramel gift set to give away, which includes 8oz jar of caramel, a mini-loaf pan, and seasonal recipe card. To enter, just leave a comment on this post and share your favorite flavor of popsicle. The giveaway will close on Monday, August 19th at 5pm ET and I’ll randomly choose a winner after that. Giveaway is open to US residents only.

Salted Bourbon Caramel Pops
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Autumn Makes & Does
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Serves: 6
Salted Bourbon Caramel Popsicles! Caramel pops made with cajeta, goat’s milk caramel.
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Fat Toad Farm Salted Bourbon Goat’s Milk Caramel
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Heat the heavy cream and cinnamon sticks over medium heat in a small saucepan until it begins to simmer. Keep your eye on it because it won’t take long.
  2. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 30 minutes. In the meantime prepare 6 popsicle molds and sticks.
  3. After 30 minutes, remove the cinnamon sticks and pour the heavy cream into a large bowl. Whisk the caramel into the cream until fully incorporated. Gradually add the milk, whisking to combine, then stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the mixture into molds.
  5. Freeze according to the instructions for your specific popsicle mold system. If your molds don’t have something to hold the sticks in place, freeze the pops for about an hour and a half, then insert the sticks.
  6. Freeze until solid.
-I used a vanilla bean in the earlier version of this recipe, steeping it along with the cinnamon stick and heavy cream. It tasted great, but had a slight design flaw, which was that a some of the vanilla bean seeds sunk to the bottom of the pops. This was mostly remedied by giving the pops a quick stir after they had frozen a little, before adding the sticks. However, to keep things simple and satisfy my perfectionist tendencies, I settled on vanilla extract for the final version.

Disclosures: There’s an affiliate link up there, which means I will receive an itty bitty commission on all purchases made through Amazon links in this post. Fat Toad Farm provided me with their product free of charge and will provide the giveaway product to the winner, but my opinions remain my own. 


Autumn Giles is the creator of Autumn Makes & Does and the co-host of the Alphabet Soup Podcast.

1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 12, 2013 at 11:54 am

Mmm love that melting popsicle shot. Yum!!

2 Art & Lemons August 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I have a very serious craving for these pops now!

3 thelittleloaf August 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Oh my, these look incredibly delicious. Love them.

4 Billy August 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Seriously these look soo amazing and all I want is like 20 of them.

5 JennM August 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Wow, these Popsicles look great! These may rival my favorite flavor, homemade creamsicles!

6 Sarah Crowder (punctuated. with food) August 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

These are sooooo stunning! And they sound satisfyingly rich. I just love cajeta and never thought to use them in a popsicle. I don’t really have a favorite popsicle flavor – we just usually puree fruit to put in popsicle molds for a refreshing treat.

7 cindy August 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

OMG. I have half a jar of that stuff and I am hoarding it…SO GOOD. I might have to scrape it and make these…like, asap.

8 Tatiana viquez August 12, 2013 at 6:54 pm

This sounds amazing! I’m gonna try it with the goat’s milk vanilla caramel…YUM!!!! My favorite flavor for a Popsicle.

9 Sand August 12, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I like watermelon popsicles.

10 miaY August 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm

my favorite flavor of Popsicle are the ones my grandma makes with condensed milk and fruit puree… but i can see these are gonna be my fav once i make them..

11 Cecilia Kresch August 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm

This may rival my favorite, which is always fudgesicle. I love Fat Toad Farms Caramel, just received my order of two jars of original.

12 Amy | Minimally Invasive August 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Until just this minute, I would have said that I didn’t really have a favorite, but now I’m reconsidering. Cajeta is The Best and I’m sure this popsicle will jump to the front of the line!

13 Cocobutta August 12, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I like a very minimal approach to quench a hot day’s thirst (lemon/lime popsicle). But these look fantastic, the combination of bourbon/salt/goats milk sounds great!

14 Lauren August 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I love a good strawberry popsicle. Reminds me of childhood.

15 Katrina Jackson August 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm

This one, this is my favorite!

16 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough August 12, 2013 at 11:52 pm

These look totally awesome. And by awesome, I mean I need them in my life like ASAP x 10,000.

17 poodlegoose August 13, 2013 at 1:44 am

Usually anything with strawberries, but recently after receiving some nice sweet cherries, I started loving anything with fresh, ripe berries period. These looks amazing, as well, and I can’t wait to try them!

18 Ileana August 13, 2013 at 2:43 am

These look so wonderful! Would love to try that caramel. Thanks for sharing with us! 🙂

19 Connie Zeringue August 13, 2013 at 3:12 am

I really like pineapple Popsicle !

20 Amy August 13, 2013 at 12:53 pm

That sounds fabulous! I love caramel! I just tried a creme-fraiche with peaches and sage Popsicle and I loved it!

21 Courtney August 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Man, these popsicles look so good. Does booze count as a flavor? Because if so, that’s what I’d choose – any popsicle with alcohol.

22 Sarah August 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Oh man, I love the combo of caramel (especially Fat Toad caramel) and salt! Usually, my favorite popsicles are made with fresh fruit, like strawberries or blueberries, but these may be a new rival for my affection!

23 Erika August 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm

You had me at Bourbon..

24 Marie August 13, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I really like Root Beer Float popsicles! So delicious 🙂 These look amazing too!!

25 julianaloh @bilbaobab August 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm

OMG this looks amazing, i am hyperventilating for this summer treat. it’s perfect and beats the yogurt fruit ones, hands down. thank you for sharing this stunning photos and recipe!

26 sarah carlson August 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I can’t say that I’ve ever made popsicles before, but this photo & recipe makes me really want to buy this stuff and give it a go! Orange creamsicles are my favorite popsicles, I bet but this recipe would quickly trump those!

27 Emma August 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Looks sooo good! I had a really good champagne mango popsicle once, which is probably my favorite. Never had salted carmel in popsicle-form before though. I’m going to try this right now!

28 Elizabeth August 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Swooooooon! These look and sound completely, completely amazing. Before now, I would have said my favorite popsicle was something with a mix of fruit and cream, but now, even without having yet tasted them, I’m pretty sure it’s these. (And by the way, these photos are out-of-this-world beautiful.)

29 Miachel (Spiced Curiosity) August 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Sounds MmMm good!

My favorite flavor is balsamic strawberry.

30 Kelly August 14, 2013 at 12:44 am

I love Coconut Popsicle 🙂 I’m excited to try these though! Your photos are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

31 Janet August 14, 2013 at 12:48 am

These sound so delicious. Love the picture too! My favorite popsicle is banana.

32 kerri h. August 14, 2013 at 11:57 am

What a great combination! Yum!

33 kerri h. August 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Need to follow the directions, love this kind if popsicle, but also love a chocolate orany fruit flavors. Here’s to hoping I am the lucky one.

34 Sue Ross August 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Looking at these I can taste the caramel.They look that good.Favorite flavor is Orange.

35 Lacey August 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm

These look amazing!! My favorite Popsicles are fresh berries and honey vanilla Greek yogurt.

36 Michelle August 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm

My 2 favorite popsicle flavors have always been coconut and creamsicles. I have been meaning to pick up some popsicle molds to start experimenting and this recipe inspires me even more! YUM! Cant wait to try!

37 kelly @ kellybakes August 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm

GIIIIIIIIRL. let’s talk about these popsicles. I want them in my life. you took all the things I love that aren’t furry and/or four legged (that includes bacon) and shoved a stick in them and froze em. YES YES YES YES. My favorite popsicle flavor is “red.” (like ice cream man popsicle red, which can stand in for raspberry, cherry, strawberry, but is usually just Red Dye 40 and HFCS. yep. I said it.)

38 shel August 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Caramel popsicle – yum!

39 Lara August 14, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Yum! I looove caramel! But I must say, my favorite pop flavor is quite simple: chocolate & sea salt. It’s got to be fudgesicle consistency!

40 CC August 15, 2013 at 1:10 am

I love these – my favorite used to be fudge, but now…………YUM

41 Sarah | The Sugar Hit August 15, 2013 at 1:10 am

These look killer! Beautiful against that marble backdrop. Dulce de leche is my world.

42 Brandy August 15, 2013 at 9:55 pm

I love creamsicles, especially strawberry and root beer! Yumm!

43 Adriana August 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I love making fudge popsicles. They’re dense and satisfying without being too heavy.

44 lollobridgeta August 15, 2013 at 11:18 pm

OMG I want to eat that whole jar of caramel.

Raspberry creamsicles are my favorite popsicle!

45 Jen S. August 15, 2013 at 11:52 pm

My favorite popsicle flavor is cucumber mojito! This popsicle stand at the farmer’s market in a town I used to live in had amazing flavors like apricot with black raspberry, peach pecan, and sour kiwi!

46 Margot C August 16, 2013 at 4:59 am

I’ve been making mango blueberry ones

47 Kelly August 16, 2013 at 11:09 am

These look unbelievable yummy! I LOVE CARAMEL!! Cannot wait to order Fat Toad Farm Salted Bourbon Goat’s Milk Caramel so I can make it. Thanks so much for the recipe! Awesome picture.

48 Julie August 16, 2013 at 4:12 pm

These look so decadent and lovely. I’m going to guess that they would quickly become my favorite flavor 🙂

49 Julianna August 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Peach popsicles are my favorite, but I also love coconut, and bananas dipped in chocolate. I usually settle for whatever leftover smoothie is frozen in the molds. These caramel popsicles look amazing though.

50 Jade Sheldon-Burnsed August 16, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Basically anything with caramel has my name written all over it. I also adore the bright flavors found in berry popsicles…

51 tracy schoohs August 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Love the caramel popsicles. Love it

52 Heather August 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Pretty much any popsicle with alcohol is summer on a stick for me. 😀

53 Walk August 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Fudgesicle! Lime is great too… These look delicious!

54 Keo August 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

My mouth actually watered while reading this post. My fav pops are Mango con Chile from Paletas Betty in Tempe Arizona.

55 Becky August 18, 2013 at 2:10 am

My favorite is coconut lime!! But wow I would love to try these 🙂

56 Kim August 19, 2013 at 12:46 am

Why wait for autumn? The photo is extremely well done … Nice composition, and … OHHHH … those melting caramel pops! The recipe sounds rich and decadently delicious. I hope I win the caramel so I can try these. Then I can buy more for an autumn treat! I give it 4 stars only because I haven’t tried them yet.

57 Kim August 19, 2013 at 12:50 am

Oh, my favorite Popsicle flavor is actually strawberry … the Mexican kind because its full of fruit! I’ll have to check out Fany’s book! Did you know there is a corn-flavored ice cream? It’s SOOOO good!

58 S Gabriel August 19, 2013 at 12:58 am

These are so beautiful – I just discovered Fat Toad Farm, as I’m in Vermont for the summer, and I’d love to try their caramel.

My favorite popsicle I’ve made recently is a very icy basil-lemonade popsicle. I know some people like creamy popsicles better, but it’s so refreshing.

59 Meredith August 19, 2013 at 1:21 am

My favorite popsicle flavor is banana – but I cant find them where I recently moved 🙁

60 Hector August 19, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I love beso de angel popsicles. I had these while growing up in Mexico. Thank you for the giveaway!

61 Samantha August 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Strawberry Balsamic was a huge hit this summer. These look Ahhhmazing though!

62 Jenni August 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Yum! I must check out their website! My mouth is watering & I need to make these ASAP! I love the richer flavored popsicles anyway but throw in the words “salted” & “bourbon”… I’m sold!

63 Sarah. August 19, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Found this post just now… just missed the giveaway! 🙁

I might try to make these with homemade caramel. If I do, I will certainly let you know how they turn out. 🙂

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