I love the excuse to use hearts. It seems I have a ton of heart shaped pans. What's a girl to do with all of them? Oh, make caramels with them? Okay!
Valentine's day is only a few days away and this is the perfect sweet for your love. Unfortunately, my love has sensitive teeth and prefers not to eat caramels. It's a perfect treat for yourself too. A nice treat to put yourself in a sugar coma. I can feel mine coming on shortly.
Look at how smooth these little guys are? I love how dark and rich the caramel is. It has a creamy texture. It's pretty much the perfect little caramel, if you like soft and chewy that is. They're much softer than a sugar daddy from what I remember anyway. I love a sugar daddy, but they always make me drool and nearly pull my teeth out. I like my teeth.
This gigantic caramel heart is gone now. I ate it as soon as I finished my pictures. It was crunchy, chocolaty, and now gone. BOOO! 🙁
Do you see how big that caramel pop is in comparison to that sweet little Valentine's box? I should feel ashamed I ate it all without even taking a breather. I. Don't.
I found these little boxes at the Dollar General. They are so petite and festive. I couldn't resist them. I even found a use for them. Normally I just buy the stuff and hoard it. I'm a hoarder. I need to go to a hoarder's anonymous. I had to look up how to spell anonymous. I added one too many N's. Okay, ramblingggg.
- ¼ cup salted butter , cubed
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar , packed
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
- 2 squares chocolate almond bark
- 2 tsp. shortening , butter flavored
- Sprinkles to garnish
- Grease a 8x8 pan with cooking spray. I used a pan with 12 small hearts.
- In a large saucepan, add in the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk. Place it over medium heat and stir the ingredients with a spatula.
- Once the mixture comes up to a boil, place a candy thermometer on the side of the pan. Continue stirring so the mixture doesn't burn.
- Once the caramel comes up to 250 degrees, turn off the heat and spoon the caramel into the pan. Let the caramel cool.
- In a microwave safe bowl, place the chocolate and shortening. Microwave for 30 second intervals until the chocolate and shortening is melted. Stir after each interval. It took a minute for mine.
- Dip the cooled caramels into the chocolate and tap off the extra chocolate. Place on a piece of parchment paper to dry and add some decorative sprinkles.
- They can stick together if they're not covered in chocolate, so be careful not to layer them.
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)
You can find the heart shaped pan on amazon. Right there.
How does everyone pronounce caramel? Is it cair-uh-mel or car-mel? I say cair-uh-mel!
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