Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Valentine's Day Dark Chocolate-Covered Heart Caramels
These beauties were all inspired because I asked myself the question, can you make caramel in the microwave?! Turns out you can! Quite easily and within six minutes.
But then what? I had to do something more so I made my own candies by coating them in a chocolate glaze. I also made them romantic by using my heart-shaped cookie cutter and they ended up being pretty as a picture and unbelievably delicious at the same time.
I found this recipe on how to make caramels in the microwave which appealed to me because it just seemed safer and easier than on the stovetop.
Combine 1/4 cup of butter, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup light syrup (I used regular corn syrup) and 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk. Cook for 6 minutes in the microwave, stirring every two minutes.
By the end of the total six minutes it gets very molten lava-like.
I personally recommend that you add a dash of salt at the beginning and a splash of vanilla extract at the end. That is what I am going to do the next time I make this.
Carefully pour the caramel into a greased dish and let cool.
I sprinkled some of the caramel with fleur de sel which is why some of it looks white and weird
I cut the caramels out with my small heart-shaped cookie cutter.
I put them in a plastic container and froze them. I did not want them melting in the hot chocolate.
Then I put them on a wire cooling rack with parchment paper underneath.
Dark Chocolate Coating
I kind of went off the foodie map at this point. If you have a preferable way to make chocolate coating, use it. Mine was an experiment.
I chopped up 210 grams of dark chocolate and added 3 tbsp of whipping cream.
I melted everything together on a double boiler...
... Until it got nice and smooth and ready for the caramels.
I dipped them into the chocolate to coat them completely. I let them sit and set. The problem?
They were so unbelievably soft! And gooey. Which I know does not sound like a bad thing but Reg found them messy. I was worried the whipping cream had been the wrong choice to mix with the chocolate. Perhaps I should have used butter?
So I put the caramels in the fridge overnight. When we had guests over, I took them out a few hours ahead of time to come to room temperature and they were perfect! Absolutely delicious and the dark chocolate perfectly balanced the sweetness of the caramel.
These would be so pretty in a heart-shaped box with tissue paper, wouldn't they? Imagine giving homemade candy to your sweetie for Valentine's Day and the majority of it was made in the microwave within six minutes? Easy and delicious but also thoughtful and romantic.