Caramallows, true to their name, bring together gooey caramel and home-made marshmallows, and then enrobe both in chocolate. Get the packaging how-to for the Chocolate-Dipped Caramallows.
- Yield: Makes about 70 pieces
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2008
For the Caramel Layers
- Vegetable oil, cooking spray
- 4 cups heavy cream
- 4 cups sugar
- 2 cups light corn syrup
- 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Marshmallow Layer
- 2 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (one 1/4 ounce envelope)
- 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup cold water
- 1 cup sugar
For Finishing Candies
- Tempered Chocolate for Caramallows
- White nonpareils, for sprinkling
Make first caramel layer: Coat a rimmed 12 1/2-by-17 1/2-inch baking sheet with cooking spray. Line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides, then coat parchment with spray.
Place 2 cups cream, 2 cups sugar, 1 cup corn syrup, and 6 tablespoons butter in a large pot. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves and butter melts, about 5 minutes. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until mixture registers 245 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 20 minutes. Remove pot from heat, and stir in 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Pour into prepared pan without scraping bottom of pot. Let stand.
Make the marshmallow layer: Sprinkle gelatin over 1/3 cup water in a mixer bowl, and let soften, about 5 minutes.
Mix sugar and remaining cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Wash down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming. Cook, undisturbed, until mixture registers 238 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 10 minutes. (You may have to tilt pan to get an accurate read.) Remove pan from heat, and whisk sugar syrup and a pinch of salt into gelatin. Pour into a mixer bowl, and whisk on medium-high until cool and thick, about 10 minutes. Spread marshmallow evenly over caramel to cover, and let stand for 30 minutes.
Prepare second caramel layer with remaining ingredients as in step 2. Pour over marshmallow layer, covering entire surface, and let stand, uncovered, until set, about 8 hours.
Using a 1 1/4-inch round cutter, cut out 70 rounds. Using a fork, dunk each round in chocolate. Scrape bottom of fork against edge of bowl to remove excess, and place dipped candies on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle nonpareils on top, and let stand until set.