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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.

Salted Vanilla Caramels

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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

http://littlebitsof.com/2012/07/salted-vanilla-caramels/

 

 

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