Sunday, January 3, 2010

Chocolate Creme Caramels - SMS

When I read the Sweet Melissa Sunday's recipes for January, I was thrilled. January is going to be a crazy month for me. I am traveling on business and we are going on a cruise!! I knew I needed to have these posts done in advance. I decided to make the Chocolate Creme Caramels for the holiday treat bag for my staff at work!

I was a little nervous because I'd heard how tricky caramel could be. Even as I was making these, I heard Sandy Gluck on Martha Stewart Living Radio talk about the challenges she'd had when making caramel. EEEKKKKK! I hope these turn out!!

There are two recipes in the cookbook for Carmels. The base recipe is Honey Creme Caramels and to make the Chocolate Creme Caramels, you just add...Chocolate. The carmel mixture is the most beautiful honey brown color while it is cooking.




Well turn out, they did! These are the most delicious caramels and remind me of one you might purchase at a fine candy store. Now with that said, don't make this recipe if you are in a hurry, it's not a quick one. The caramel took about an hour to get to 248 degrees. It seemed like it took forever to get from 225 to 248!!! I didn't have an 8 x 8 pan, so I'd planned to use a 7 x 7. I ended up with enough caramel for for two 7 x 7 pans.

These caramels made a wonderful addition to the treat bags for my staff. Thanks to Jeanette of The Whimsical Cupcake for choosing this fabulous recipe. You can find the recipe on her site and links to all of the other Sweet Melissa Sunday's members here!

Next up...Chocolate Pie Crust and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie.

11 comments:

  1. Looks great! I love putting together treat bags and yours sound awesome.

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  2. Yum they sound and look good. I will have to try them someday when I don't feel so overloaded with sweets!
    Have fun on your cruise!

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  3. MMMMM YUM!

    Next week's Burbon Pecan Pie sounds delish!

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  4. Great job! My caramel took a while to come to temperature too but all was well in the end :)

    Have a great time on your cruise. Cruises are one of my favorite kinds of vacations!!

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  5. Lakegirl.... cruise? Sniff... sniff... I will miss you.

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  6. I am thinking of a cruise in September. It's a Cake Cruise! Your caramels look wonderful. Glad you enjoyed this one. I am cutting back so I skipped this one.

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  7. Your caramels look so festive. I'm glad you and the lucky recipients of these caramels enjoyed them.

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  8. Great looking caramels. Yes, it did take FOREVER to get to 248 degrees.

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  9. I love the way your candies look in that lovely dish. They're practically begging to be picked up and unwrapped. I thought this was a great recipe, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Have fun on your vacation!

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  10. I'm so glad they turned out for you. And that you get to go on a cruise! Woo-hoo! Happy New Year!

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  11. Your caramels look perfect! I got mine out of the house just in time; out of site out of mouth.

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