Make these Chocolate Covered Salted Caramel Chews for the ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift!
You won’t believe how easy it is to make these Chocolate Covered Salted Caramel Chews!
Okay, so I know I am going to get a lot of judgment for this post, so before I get into let me just say, “I can’t help it. I’m me”. Okay? So keep that statement in mind as you are reading this post.
I can’t stand buying gifts for Valentine’s Day. Uh uh, remember the statement. I have a problem celebrating things just because we are supposed to because the calendar says so. Not all holidays I have a problem with, but when you combine the regular holidays with other individual celebrations, we seem always to have a reason to buy gifts. I mean there are birthdays (mine is this Saturday by the way), anniversaries, Sweetest Day, and other individual life celebrations such as graduations, book releases, and other things as they come up. Oh! Let’s not forget about Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Do you see what I mean? There are so many awesome things in life to celebrate and as awesome everything is all I hear is cash register signs.
CHA-CHING! CHA-CHING! CHA-CHING!
My husband is very thoughtful in the gifts that he buys for me. The difference between he and I is that he will throw money at a celebration and I am the exact opposite. I prefer to buy or do something that is true to that person. Sometimes a nice chunk of change is required, but I try to find the cheapest route possible. For instance, whenever I visit my family or speak to someone over the phone, they always ask me what I’m baking or when they are going to get a taste of my latest baked good. So, every Christmas instead of buying gifts, I make a box of goodies for everyone. I usually make different types of Christmas Cookies, Fudge, Chocolate Covered Pretzels and all types of stuff. I put them in really cute Christmas boxes, and everyone seems to look forward to that box year after year. A few years ago, I did the same thing with my own DIY Valentine’s Day Chocolate Box. This year, I have a new treat in these Chocolate Covered Salted Caramel Chews to add.
A few years ago when I showed you guys how to make your own Valentine’s Day Chocolate Box, I made Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cups, Homemade Snickers, and Shortbread Cookies. You can make all of those or whatever you want, really. Just be sure to add these Chocolate Covered Salted Caramel Chews to your box. What I love about these Soft Caramels is that is doesn’t require a candy thermometer. Nope! Now, you do have to eyeball everything to make sure your caramel doesn’t burn, but it is way better than having to use a candy thermometer. If you do like to make candy, particularly caramel candy, you will need a good candy thermometer. In fact, if you bake a lot, you should have one.
I don’t know if you ever tried to make caramel candy before, but it can be pretty intense. I can’t tell you how many batches of caramel I have burned as I tried to perfect making caramel candy. But this recipe for my Caramel Chews is by far the easiest caramel candy recipe I have ever tried. There are four easy and common ingredients needed to make these Chocolate Covered Salted Caramel Chews. You can cover half in chocolate candy coating and leave the other half as caramel. Whatever you want to do, you can do with this recipe! If you want to wrap them to give them that candy look, just use wax paper. This is something you can do with your kids because to wrap each one of these candies does take a bit of time. In any case, I do hope you enjoy these Chocolate Covered Salted Caramel Chews and make them for that special someone this Valentine’s Day.
Recipe adapted by Creme de la Crumb
- 1 ½ sticks of butter
- ½ c. sugar
- 3 tbsp. Corn syrup
- 14 oz. Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 lb. Chocolate Candy Coating
- Sea Salt for topping
- Line an 8X8 square pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
- In a large nonstick pot on medium heat, melt the butter and sugar together. Whisk to combine. Next, add the corn syrup and condensed milk and whisk to combine. Bring to a simmer on medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until mixture begins to take on a slight amber color (the color of caramel). Pour caramel sauce into the square pan and set aside to allow to set. This can take 1-2 hours. You can also place in refrigerator until ready to cut.
- Lift the aluminum foil and peel it off the caramel. Place the block of caramel onto a chopping board and with a sharp knife, begin to cut the caramel into squares. You can cut them how you like. Heat the chocolate coating in the microwave checking every 30-45 seconds. Once completely melted, begin to dip the caramels into the chocolate and place on top of a cooling rack. Be sure to spray the cooling rack with nonstick spray before you place the chocolates on top. Sprinkle the top of chocolates with sea salt while still wet. Store in an airtight container or wrap in wax paper for the perfect gift.