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Show Your Love With Homemade Chocolate Caramels

This Valentine's Day, instead of buying a box of chocolates for your loved one, make them! Experimenting with candymaking is super fun and simply rewarding. This recipe for chocolate caramels isn't difficult; you just need time and a candy thermometer. If you really want to get fancy, turn them into chocolate lollipops by placing a small stick into the ball before the final chilling. To take a look at the recipe,

Chocolate Dipped Caramels
From Southern Living magazine

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
2 tablespoons shortening

  1. Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook 7 minutes, without stirring.
  2. Stir in condensed milk, and bring to a boil; cook, stirring constantly, 10 minutes or until a candy thermometer reaches 245°.
  3. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla. Pour into a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined 8- x 8-inch baking dish. Let stand 8 hours at room temperature.
  4. Cut caramel into 1/2-inch squares, and shape into balls.
  5. Melt chocolate and shortening in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat.
  6. Dip balls into melted chocolate mixture; place on wax paper. Chill 8 hours.

Makes about 10 dozen.

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candide candide 9 years
I can't wait to make these
candide candide 9 years
I can't wait to make these
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 9 years
Note to self: Do not drool on the screen. It shortcircuits the computer!!:) This looks easy, delicious, and divine. If I can learn to make these properly, these are going in the holiday gift friends will swoon for certain.:)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
Chocolate+Caramel= :drool:
miriama59 miriama59 9 years
Oh, I am making these!!!
oh-cecilia-baby oh-cecilia-baby 9 years
this sounds so yummy, but i live in a dorm room so sadly i am without a kitchen... will someone share?? ;)
designergirl designergirl 9 years
These looks great! I'd love more posts on candy-making it with instructions and pictures of all those stages; I get way too intimidated by candy. This one looks easy, though.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
10 dozen! wowza, I'm giving these to everyone!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
those look heavenly
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
Those look delish.
sarcastabtch sarcastabtch 9 years
:: drools :: I want some!
amh678 amh678 9 years
:drool: Yum!
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