Go Nuts! Coconut Caramels Recipe
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Go Nuts! Coconut Caramels Recipe

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I saw this candy recipe on a cooking TV show, but made some adjustments to suit our tastes. We make the caramels every Easter, and many more times throughout the year. —Deanna Polito-Laughinghouse, Raleigh, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 24 caramels
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flaked coconut, divided
  • 1/2 cup white baking chips
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 70 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 38mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 starch, 1/2 fat


  1. Line an 8x4-in. loaf pan with foil and grease the foil with butter; set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the caramels, 3/4 cup coconut, baking chips and peanuts. Microwave on high, uncovered, for 1 minute; stir. Cook, uncovered, 30-60 seconds longer or until caramels are melted; stir to combine. Press into prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining coconut. Cool.
  3. Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Discard foil; cut candy into 1-in. squares. Yield: about 3/4 pound.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Go Nuts! Coconut Caramels in Taste of Home October/November 2010, p48

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"This is wonderful! I made a batch on the stovetop because I don't own a microwave and it came out deliciously! I would give this to any caramel lover. I used cashews instead of peanuts because peanuts are the object of a lot of allergy cases in my house, whereas cashews are not. I also refridgerated mine before cutting and it was a little difficult, but not messy. Great recipe."

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2012

"These were just yummy! To get the marbling, I melted the white chocolate with the coconut separate from the caramels...then, I swirled it with a knife into the warm caramel mixture once it was in the pan."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"I made this during Thanksgiving holiday and LOVED it!!! It was so quick and easy. I'm now making it to give to family on Christmas Eve."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"This recipe cost me about $10.00 for the ingredients and netted about 1 1/2 lb of the candy. It is good, it is easy, but I will save myself the $$ and buy a Payday candy bar instead!"

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2011

"First off, these smell awesome when they are cooking and the combination of the coconut, caramels, peanuts and white chocolate tastes fantastic! I tried making these two different ways, though, and didn't get that beautiful marbled look int he picture. The first time I followed it exactly but probably stirred too much. The second time I cooked the caramels by themselves and added the other ingredients after the caramels were melted. Still no beautiful white marbling effect. Did anyone's turn out as pretty as the picture?"

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