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Nutty Chocolate Caramels Recipe

Nutty Chocolate Caramels Recipe

“My mother-in-law and her mother used this recipe and passed it on to me over 30 years ago,” says Anita Gay of Janesville, Wisconsin. “The caramels make a great gift during the holidays.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:48 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • 1. Line an 8-in. square pan with foil. Grease with 1 teaspoon butter; set aside. Butter the sides of a heavy saucepan with 1 teaspoon butter; add the corn syrup, water, sugar, chocolate, salt and remaining butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until smooth and blended, about 6 minutes.
  • 2. Gradually stir in cream. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 245° (firm-ball stage), about 25 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and walnuts. Pour into prepared pan.
  • 3. Cool; cut into squares. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before serving. Yield: 4 dozen (about 1-3/4 pounds).
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 74 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.