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Go Nuts! Coconut Caramels Recipe

Go Nuts! Coconut Caramels Recipe

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 YIELD:32 servings


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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 70 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 38mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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A13 User ID: 6893613 189795
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."

Carmelulu User ID: 6144074 192887
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."

LauraTC User ID: 3939447 192061
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."

lhewitt6855 User ID: 6250638 193203
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!"

skooter941 User ID: 1513300 212039
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?"

veggiemama User ID: 4640590 189785
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2011

"I must have done something wrong because mine turned out extremely hard. I was expecting a soft, chewy treat - basically like caramel, but with maybe a little crunch from the nuts. However, it was nearly impossible to cut, much less eat. The flavor was good, but it was just too hard to cut/eat."

sam52687 User ID: 5814580 112163
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"I made these during the holidays, gave them to friends and family...they were delicious, easy and a bit hit!!"

arco felice User ID: 5640124 180370
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"super easy & very yummy! Thanks"

3boycrazy User ID: 4771231 148631
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"Once you get the caramels unwrapped, this is a fairly simple recipe for such magnificent results! Will be making again."

RD013 User ID: 4068681 212038
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"My daughter had her daycare children make this candy today. It was very easy to make and the children enjoyed the fact that they could do much of it themselves. What's more, it was the afternoon treat for the five additional children when the school bus dropped them off. Every one of the children loved this candy."

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