One of my very favorite things about the holiday season is definitely the homemade caramels.
I absolutely love our microwave caramels (and we make them pretty often at our house!), but I was really in the mood for some chocolate, too.
I remembered some of my favorite chocolate’s from Mrs. Call’s and decided to give it a go making a homemade version myself.
THEY TURNED OUT AMAZING. I had to send them to work with my husband, or else I would have eaten them all in one sitting.
I decided to use our microwave caramels as a base for two reasons:
- You don’t need a candy thermometer (which means you have no excuse NOT to make them)
- You only need a few ingredients (most of which you probably already have in your pantry)
what you’ll need to make these chocolates
- Granulated sugar
- Light brown sugar
- Light corn syrup
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Milk chocolate chips (you could also use semi-sweet or dark chocolate)
- Vegetable oil
- Coarse sea salt (if you’re not a fan of salted caramels, you could easily leave this off)
How to make Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
Step 1: In a microwave safe bowl, combine butter, sugars, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk until smooth.
Cook for 6 minutes in your microwave, removing and stirring every two minutes. Make sure you don’t cook the mixture for the full six minutes at once, otherwise it will burn.
Let cool completely, then cut into squares. It will take about 30 minutes, but you can put it in the fridge to make it set up faster.
*PRO-TIP: To make them easier to cut, run your knife under hot water, and then spray it lightly with cooking spray. That way you’ll get a clean, sharp cut.
Step 3: Set the caramels on a wax-lined baking sheet and make sure they are completely set up before dipping them.
You may want to freeze them for a few minutes to make them easier to work with.
Step 4: In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and vegetable oil in 30 second intervals (stirring in between) until smooth.
Step 6: Top with coarse sea salt, then let cool until chocolate has hardened.
I drizzled mine with the leftover chocolate I had from dipping, but that’s definitely not necessary.
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