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Chocolate Coconut Caramel Candies

For this recipe, you will need an accurate candy thermometer. You'll also need to cut three-inch square pieces of waxed paper or cellophane in which to wrap the caramels.

  • prep: 25 mins
    total time: 8 hours 30 mins
  • yield: Makes approximately 120
Photography: Christopher Testani

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Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil, for baking sheet
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup toasted shredded unsweetened coconut, divided
  • 8 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Lightly brush bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheet with oil. Line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on long sides; lightly brush parchment with oil. Sprinkle 1/2 cup coconut on parchment-lined baking sheet.

  2. Step 2

    Bring cream to a simmer over high heat. Remove from heat; add chocolate. Let stand 1 minute; stir to combine.

  3. Step 3

    Bring sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook, stirring occasionally, until caramel reaches 248 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 15 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Stir in cream mixture; boil until caramel returns to 248 degrees.

  5. Step 5

    Immediately remove caramel from heat, and stir in salt and vanilla. Pour caramel onto baking sheet, sprinkle with coconut, and let stand, uncovered, at room temperature at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.

  6. Step 6

    Lifting by parchment overhang, transfer caramel to a large cutting board. Cut into 3/4-by-1 1/4-inch pieces; wrap each piece in waxed paper or cellophane.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2012

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