Friday, November 29, 2013

Chocolate Pecan Caramels

I LOVE caramel, chocolate, and pecans so why not put them all together?  These were AMAZING!  Although, I will say my arm is exhausted after stirring that caramel for so long and my children might feel neglected.  ;-) 

Chocolate Pecan Caramels Recipe
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans, toasted (I used a mixture of almonds, and pecans)
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) Nestle Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

  1. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil.  (Don't use foil!  BIG mistake!)
  2. Butter the foil with 1 tablespoon butter. 
  3. Sprinkle with pecans and chocolate chips.  
  4. Set aside.
  5. In a heavy saucepan, melt remaining butter over medium heat. 
  6. Add the brown sugar, corn syrup and water. 
  7. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. 
  8. Stir in milk. 
  9. Cook, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage).
  10. Remove from heat and add vanilla. 
  11. Pour into prepared pan (do not scrape saucepan). 
  12. Cool completely before cutting.  
  13. Yield: about 2-1/2 pounds (about 6-3/4 dozen).

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