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Nutty Chocolate Caramels

“My mother-in-law and her mother used this recipe and passed it on to me over 30 years ago,” says Anita Gay of Janesville, Wisconsin. “The caramels make a great gift during the holidays.”
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen (about 1-3/4 pounds)

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • Line an 8-in. square pan with foil. Grease with 1 teaspoon butter; set aside. Butter the sides of a heavy saucepan with 1 teaspoon butter; add the corn syrup, water, sugar, chocolate, salt and remaining butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until smooth and blended, about 6 minutes.
  • Gradually stir in cream. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 245° (firm-ball stage), about 25 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and walnuts. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Cool; cut into squares. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 74 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 45mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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