Irish Stout Beer and Pretzel Caramels Stacey shares her recipe for chocolate covered Irish stout beer and pretzel caramels, which she created by combining two different caramel recipes. 1/3 cup sugar ½ teaspoon salt 2 cups stick pretzels 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 24 ounces stout beer 1 teaspoon plus 1 cup butter, divided 3 cups sugar 2/3 cup corn syrup 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided 1/3 cup water 1 teaspoon salt 1 pound dark chocolate 1 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoons flaky sea salt (optional)