Salted caramel has quickly made its way into the mainstream dessert world. Once considered a novelty only found in artisanal shops, you can now find Chips Ahoy making salted caramel chocolate chip cookies -- and to be honest, we couldn't be more thrilled.

While we love caramel just as it is (and we would never turn it down), when it's sprinkled with salt it becomes more complex, more well-rounded and, well, a little bit more grown up. Salted caramel tastes great plain (by the spoonful), but it also makes a great addition to cupcakes, tarts, brownies and puddings.

Here are the 20 best ways you can get more salted caramel into your life:

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    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bellalimento.com/2013/03/11/zeppole-with-whiskey-caramel-sauce/" target="_blank">Zeppole With Caramel Whiskey Sauce recipe from Bell'Alimento</a></strong> We know. We are freaking out about this gif, too.

  • Caramel Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2009/09/14/caramel-peanut-topped-brownie-cake/" target="_blank">Caramel Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake recipe from Annie's Eats</a></strong>

  • Popcorn Ice Cream Caramel Sundaes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/07/12/popcorn-ice-cream-caramel-sundaes/" target="_blank">Popcorn Ice Cream Caramel Sundaes recipe from Annie's Eats</a></strong>

  • Caramel Apples

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodess.com/2011/10/caramel-apples/">Caramel Apples recipe from Foodess</a></strong>

  • Applesauce Cake With Caramel Glaze

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/8646-applesauce-cake-with-caramel-glaze" target="_blank">Applesauce Cake with Caramel Glaze from Food52</a></strong>

  • Galactic Crunch (Star Crunch Copycat)

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thedomesticrebel.com/2013/07/06/galactic-crunch/" target="_blank">Galactic Crunch (Star Crunch Copycat) recipe from The Domestic Rebel</a></strong>

  • Caramel-Wrapped Marshmallows

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.com/2010/12/caramel-wrapped-marshmallows.html">Caramel-Wrapped Marshmallows recipe from Not So Humble Pie</a></strong>

  • Cardamom Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://pinkpatisserie.blogspot.com/2013/08/cardamom-caramel-ice-cream-sandwiches.html" target="_blank">Cardamom Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches recipe from Pink Patisserie</a></strong>

  • Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2013/08/02/gooey-chocolate-caramel-bars/" target="_blank">Gooey Chocolate Caramel Bars recipe from Buns In My Oven</a></strong>

  • Brandied Caramel Apple Tart

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/brandied-caramel-apple-ta_n_1060890.html" target="_blank">Brandied Caramel Apple Tart</a> recipe</strong>

  • Olive Oil-Saffron Ice Cream With Burnt Orange-Caramel Swirl

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/18846-olive-oil-saffron-ice-cream-with-burnt-orange-caramel-swirl" target="_blank">Olive Oil-Saffron Ice Cream with Burnt Orange-Caramel Swirl recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Chocolate Guinness Cake With Irish Cream Caramel Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chocolate-guinness-cake-w_n_1061003.html" target="_blank">Chocolate Guinness Cake with Irish Cream Caramel Sauce</a> recipe</strong>

  • Homemade Snickers Bars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/01/homemade-snickers-bars/" target="_blank">Homemade Snickers Bars recipe from How Sweet It Is</a></strong>

  • Mango Caramel Angel Food Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/17445-mango-caramel-angel-food-cake" target="_blank">Mango Caramel Angel Food Cake recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Perfect Crepes With Salted Caramel Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/8263-perfect-crepes-with-salted-caramel-sauce" target="_blank">Perfect Crepes With Salted Caramel Sauce recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Revelatory Caramel Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/revelatory-caramel-cake_n_1059203.html" target="_blank">Revelatory Caramel Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Salted Caramel Budino

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://arcticgardenstudio.blogspot.com/2011/04/salted-caramel-budino-giveaway.html" target="_blank">Salted Caramel Budino recipe from Arctic Garden Studio</a></strong>

  • Caramel Brioche Sticky Buns

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://noshings.blogspot.com/2011/02/carmel-brioche-sticky-buns.html">Caramel Brioche Sticky Buns recipe from Noshings</a></strong>

  • Twix Trifle

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/twix-trifles/" target="_blank">Twix Trifle recipe from Gimme Some Oven</a></strong>

  • Caramel Shortbread

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.two-tarts.com/2012/01/caramel-shortbread.html">Caramel Shortbread recipe from Two Tarts</a></strong>

  • Caramel Ice Cream With Caramel Swirl

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com/2012/06/caramel-ice-cream-with-caramel-swirl.html">Caramel Ice Cream with Caramel Swirl recipe from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch</a></strong>

  • Spiced Apple And Banana Bundt Cake With Vanilla Caramel Glaze

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2012/09/spiced-apple-and-banana-bundt-cake-with-vanilla-caramel-glaze.html">Spiced Apple and Banana Bundt Cake with Vanilla Caramel Glaze recipe from Averie Cooks</a></strong>

  • Hazelnut Caramel Tartlets

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://inspiringtheeveryday.com/2011/10/31/hazelnut-caramel-tartlets/">Hazelnut Caramel Tartlets recipe from Inspiring the Everyday</a></strong>

  • Pecan Caramel Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.mandymortimer.com/pecan-caramel-cookies/">Pecan Caramel Cookies recipe from What the Fruitcake?!</a></strong>

  • Caramel Apple Cupcakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://cravingchronicles.com/2011/09/22/caramel-apple-pie-cupcakes/">Caramel Apple Pie Cupcakes recipe from The Craving Chronicles</a></strong>

  • Caramel Brownies With Salty Sweet Pecans

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.melissahartfiel.com/2011/11/22/caramel-brownies-with-salty-sweet-pecans/">Caramel Brownies with Salty Sweet Pecans recipe from Eyes Bigger Than My Stomach</a></strong>

  • Vanilla Caramels

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://fleurdupoirier.blogspot.com/2011/11/two-vanilla-caramels-zweierlei-vanille.html">Vanilla Caramels recipe from Fleur du Poirier</a></strong>

  • Caramel Crumb Bars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com/2011/02/caramel-crumb-bars.html">Caramel Crumb Bars recipe from Tracey's Culinary Adventures</a></strong>

  • Caramel Apple Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://passthesushi.com/caramel-apple-cake-2/">Caramel Apple Cake recipe from Pass the Sushi</a></strong>

  • Milano Cookie Caramel Ice Cream Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/milano-cookie-caramel-ice_n_1052316.html" target="_blank">Milano Cookie Caramel Ice Cream Cake</a> recipe</strong> Low-rent, lazy and we absolutely love it.

  • Caramel-Croissant Pudding

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  • Salted Caramel Pecan Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/salted-caramel-pecan-pie_n_1059644.html" target="_blank">Salted Caramel Pecan Pie</a> recipe</strong>

  • Coffee Cream Caramel

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.munatycooking.com/2012/08/coffee-cream-caramel-experience-2.html">Coffee Cream Caramel recipe from Munaty Cooking</a></strong>

  • Caramel Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://everything-is-poetry.blogspot.com/2012/09/caramel-sauce.html">Caramel Sauce recipe from Everything is Poetry</a></strong>