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Coconut Caramels

When I had an abundance of coconut milk, I came up with the idea of using it to flavor homemade caramels. They’re always among the first of my Christmas candies to disappear.—Wendy Rusch, Trego, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min. + standing
  • Makes
    4 pounds

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped salted roasted almonds, divided
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 can (13.66 ounces) coconut milk
  • 1-1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Line a 13x9-in. pan with foil; grease foil with 1 tablespoon butter. Layer with 1 cup coconut and 3/4 cup almonds; set aside.
  • In a Dutch oven, combine sugar, coconut milk, corn syrup, cubed butter and cream. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft–ball stage), about 40 minutes.
  • Using a pastry brush dipped in water, wash down the sides of the pan to eliminate sugar crystals. Cook and stir until thermometer reads 244° (firm-ball stage), about 5 minutes longer.
  • Remove from heat; stir in 1 cup coconut, vanilla, ginger, salt and remaining almonds. Immediately pour into prepared pan (do not scrape saucepan). Sprinkle with remaining coconut. Let stand until firm, about 5 hours or overnight.
  • Using foil, lift candy out of pan; remove foil. Using a buttered knife, cut caramel into 1-in. squares. Wrap individually in waxed paper; twist ends.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 75 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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