Salted Vanilla Caramels
How has your week been? Mine has been pretty good. Nothing too crazy happened, but my boyfriend and I have really begun to search hard for a condo. It is not as easy as they make it look on house hunters!! Luckily we have my dad as our relator/ agent/ mortgage broker, so he has been a huge help. While looking for an actual place to live, I have been creating quite an amazing condo on pinterest. We will be hard at work DIYing most of the place, so I will keep you updated. I might have to make another pallet headboard! This week I also tryed something that I did not think would turn out well. Microwave caramels. I saw the recipe and thought it would be too good to be true. My candy thermometer is out of batteries and I have been too lazy to get new ones, so candy making has been out of the rotation. I found this recipe online and thought if I added vanilla and salt on top, it could be pretty amazing.
I followed the instructions and watched it boil in the microwave…
When I took it out, I added the vanilla, stirred, then poured it in a greased 9×13 pyrex.
I let it sit for about 20 minutes then went to check on it and it was clumpy and did not look good. SO, I stirred it up for about 3 minutes longer, then let it sit. About 20 minutes later it looked great! I sprinkled it will sea salt and threw it in the fridge. When I took it out later, I cut the caramel into squares.
Then I wrapped them in parchment paper!
BUT WAIT!!! A stroke of genius hit me, a little late, but it was amazing. As the pieces were sitting out at room temperature, they started to flatten, so I did this:
Thats right. That is peanut butter. Inside a salted vanilla caramel. I threw them in the fridge and had one later…. okay it was this morning. SO GOOD!!!!!!
Peanut Butter Filled Salted Vanilla Caramels. Woah.
- 1 cup Margarine
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 cup Light Karo Syrup
- 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Sea Salt
- In a large microwave safe bowl melt the margarine for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from the microwave and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Place back into the microwave and cook on high for 5 minutes. Take the bowl from the microwave and stir well. Continue cooking on high for an additional 5 minutes, remove and stir. Cook for 3 more minutes ( for a total of 13 mins.) Remove from the microwave, stir in vanilla and pour into a 9 x 13 pan to set. Once caramel has set, sprinkle with sea salt and wrap in wax or parchment paper and store in an air tight container.
- Recipe adapted from Pinching your Pennies