Wednesday, January 9, 2013

DIY Salted Caramels


While in South Carolina I visited a sweets shop called The Chocolate Tree. It was a cute place with tons of sweets to choose from. I remember seeing the sign on the way to Nicks house from the Air Base and begging Nick to go. When we finally did go, it was too late. The shopped closed at 6:00 p.m. It was a sad day. But once more as we drove down the same street I saw the bill board and luckily enough for us, it was early in the day so I knew it had to be open. We were finally able to drop in, and I was finally able to get my sugary sweet fix. It was cold and it smelled like chocolate. It was so perfect. As I gazed through the glass I eyed every chocolate in there, trying to decide how much of a fatty I wanted to be that day, or if I wanted to limit myself. It was hard. I chose to be a fatty.

To the left of the cute turtles, was something I had been wanting for so long. Yep, you guessed it. It was a salted caramel covered in milk chocolate. I had seen these in stores in Texas for quite some time, always wanting to buy them, but always hesitant. It was time I splurged on this salty sweet deliciousness.

And there it begin. I was near obsessed. I wanted to save some to bring home, but I just couldn't. I had ate all but one. One left, which I saved for my Grandmother.

I hadn't had them since my most recent (and last) trip to South Carolina until the other day when I decided I wanted to make them. I mean, why not? It couldn't be there hard, could it? I have never made candy before, but it sounded easy, so I searched for a good recipe and came across this one. The pictures enticed me, the ingredients were practically already on hand, and the time it took and the amount it yielded, made it even better.

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Here is the recipe I adapted from Inspired Taste
Over at Inspired Taste they do a really good job at explaining the method as well as tips to making the caramel! As you can see from the pictures above, I did make the recipe with success! I made this recipe three times, a soft batch, a medium-soft batch (like the kraft caramels) and a slightly harder caramel that melts perfectly in your mouth. I wrapped them in cellophane, and wax paper and packaged them in little bags as gifts.  I encourage all sweet-tooths and caramel lovers to make this recipe because it's easy and impressive. You could even cover them with chocolate!

23 comments:

  1. I would love to make salted caramels!! Ahhh I'm afraid I would make them all the time if they taste as good as they look! =)

    Ergo-Blog

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  2. Oh my goodness!! Yumm! I love when you share recipes! :D

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  3. is there something you don't know how to cook? =) ;)

    xo Bea =)

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  4. I make home-made caramels too, but they aren't salted. This sounds really good. I may have to give it a try next time.

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  5. oh my gawd! i would sit and eat every one of them and need to be rolled away from the table. i make a shortbread cookie with melted caramel on top with a sprinkling of rock salt but honestly, i could skip the cookie and just eat the salted caramel!

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  6. Hi there - new follower from the linkup! Love your blog & can't wait to read more! Hope you have a great day :)
    Rachel
    http://sugar-stripes.blogspot.com/

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  7. My husband loves caramels.....these would make a great Valentines Gift for him~New follower from the link-up! Enjoy your week-end:) Lynn H http://www.turnips2tangerines.com

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  8. Delicious recipe. I would go to any shop named The Chocolate Tree. I just ran across ya'll fabulous blog hop and was coming over to like you. Have a great day. I am at http://onecreativeprocrastinatinggal.blogspot.com/

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  9. I'm your latest follower. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  10. These look delicious! They definitely sound tempting to make and I'd like to try out making my own candy haha.

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  11. Oh my God! These look amazing. Definitely pinning this recipe so I can do it later.

    xo
    Tiffy
    www.CuteLA.com

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  12. These look amazing! I'm so excited to try them :) Thanks for sharing! I'm a pisces too! Love your blog, i'll be coming back often! Would love if you checked out mine! michaelandwhitneyweekes.blogspot.com

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  13. My mouth is totally watering right now. It's okay to splurge and be a " fatty" every now and then. Thanks for sharing!

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