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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Whimsical Wife Chocolate Caramels

In honor of the Whimsical Wife who is under the weather and could not do her Tasty Tuesday Party, I am posting a tasty tuesday treat.  Valentines Day is next Tuesday you know.  (Stop over and tell her to get well soon!).


 My daughter made this monkey.  He is sitting on the bathroom shelf.  (Get over the dust sitting there too).  He is see no evil.  The recipe I am going to post is so good it's evil.

So here's the deal..... I'm a caramel maker.  I've perfected the golden brown treat and the only time I make it is at Christmas.  Every year for Valentines Day I buy 6 cheap heart shaped boxes of chocolates, one for each of my kids.  The married ones have to share.  Most of the time no one likes half the stuff in the box.  I do it only because I always have.



Not this year. This Valentines Day I am making a treat that everyone loves (especially me-shhhh!).  Not regular caramel...chocolate caramels.  Not caramels dipped in chocolate (although that would be good, hmmmm?).  Yeah, so Bliss, what's so special about that?  Well what makes these ones special is they are awesome, that's what.  I've tried no less than 10 chocolate caramel recipes over the past few years.  None were right.  Even though of course all the ingred's are pretty similar.  These ones were just what I wanted them to taste like.  You know those little dark suckers at See's Candy?  (They used to be a nickle when I was a kid), well these caramels are a chewy version of those.  YUMM. 

So 'ya know, I'm not a food blogger, I'm a food eater.  I won't post the whole recipe here, you can click over to Epicurious yourself.   I've tested, tasted, and made them, and they have the Bliss Candy Azz seal of approval.  The only changes I made were that I didn't line my pan-just seemed like it over complicated it, I just gave the glass pan a light wipe of butter and cut them in the pan then take them out.  I also made half the batch with the salt the other without cause some of my kids don't appreciate the sweet salty thing going on.  All I can tell you is mine turned out excellent, just the right texture, right taste, it was all good.  **recipe says to cook to 255° this makes them on the harder side.  I cook mine to 250-252°, also I use Ghirardelli 60% cacao chocolate bars from the baking section.  You need 10 oz. which is 2 1/2 bars**

If Brawn was kidnapped by aliens and sent back to earth all messed up and he could then cook stuff like candy - he'd make these for Valentines Day.   But since I don't see any spaceships hovering I'm gonna make them for all of us myself.


They look exactly like this.
Make some, and send a few to the Whimsical Wife, chocolate cures all.


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20 comments :

  1. Oh thanks so much for this beautiful gesture! You made my day! :-)

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  2. I love chocolate covered caramel! I once made homemade turtles. I think it was a Paula Deen recipe. They turned out delicious. I'm sure your family is going to love your gift to them this year.

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  3. These look sooo delicious! I've never made chocolate cover caramels but I've often thought about making them!

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  4. Oh my goodness! I will have to make these. I may hate you afterwards. :)

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  5. OMGosh, those look divine! My fav is caramels but with chocolate...to die for, I'd say! You knew I was on a diet, didn't you?

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  6. Yum! I make caramels every Thanksgiving, but I just might have to try this out for a new Valentine's tradition.

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  7. Caramels are good stuff. I never try making them before, can't imagine the mess I would cause.

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  8. Oooooooo how sinfully delicious those little candies look! They probably would be like potato chips--I couldn't stop at one! You really seem to have perfected them.----------- Shannon

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  9. Yum, yum, yum. Haven't had my morning tea yet, but I am now ready for dessert.

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  10. Ok, you hit the spot~ Chocolate, Caramel & Salt~
    Yum Yum... I am heading right over for the recipe,
    Thanks for sharing & thanks for stopping by, I sure
    appreciate seeing bloggers stop by...
    PS Love that Monkey, so creative!
    Have a wonderful week
    Cheryl

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  11. Mmm, they sound delicious. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments. If I had a container of bon bons next to my tub as you mentioned, I would eat them all! A hot tub bath and chocolate is a favourite treat. Oh no, I think I need to send hubby to the store now.

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  12. Oh WOW, the monkey is so cute and the chocolate-it looks completely delicious!!!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  13. Hi Bliss,

    The monkey is adorable!

    Oh wow chocolate caramels sound divine!!!

    Dee

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  14. Those look amazing! I also made up a recipe for Salted Caramel Fudge at Christmas time: http://morebangforyourbucks.blogspot.com/2011/12/incourage-guest-post-and-salted-caramel.html
    They aren't the cute little ones like these, but it did taste good! :)
    Also, I fixed my no-reply blogger thing (I think!). Thanks for the heads-up.

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  15. Those look delicious! : ).. I'm not a big sweet eater, but I could definitely make an exception! And I too love the Monkey. And don't worry, mine would have dust sitting by it too. Lol.

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  16. Oh yes please! They look fabulous! Caramel and chocolate are my favs! I hope they all enjoy their tasty treats!

    Holly

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