Well, we are on to the wonderful Christmas stretch. I took a long Thanksgiving break. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I have wanted to make Fudge Caramels for quite some time. On occasion I have made other caramels, licorice and normal, but have never made chocolate caramels. They are a fun treat to make for the holidays. they are soft and full of chocolate flavor, made with ingredients you have in your kitchen. Yes, made with good old Hershey's cocoa powder! The recipe is from a Hershey's Chocolate Treasury Cookbook.
Fudge Caramels Recipe
2 cups sugar
2/3 cups unsweetened cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Butter a nine-inch square glass pan; set aside. combine sugar, cocoa, salt, and corn syrup in a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Then add evaporated milk and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Cook, stirring frequently, to 245 degrees (or firm-ball stage) or until syrup, when dropped into very cold water, forms a firm ball that does not flatten when removed from water. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla, blending well.
Pour into prepared pan. Cool; cut into 1-inch squares with butter scissors or pull into pieces. Wrap individually in waxed paper or cellophane wrappers.
Candy Making Tips
Always adjust your thermometer. For example, I live at 5700 foot altitude. Mixtures boil at a lower temperature at this altitude, which means that if I don't adjust the temperature, my candy might cook too long and come out hard. Find out what temperature water boils at with your thermometer, and adjust accordingly. Always use a heavy saucepan. While stirring, use a wet pastry brush or clean, wet dishcloth to wash down the sides of the pan to dissolve any sugar crystals. Also when you pour the caramel mixture into the buttered glass dish, do NOT scrape the pan. If you do scrape the pan, this could also cause the mixture to sugar. If you are making more than one batch, make sure that your pan and spoon are clean of sugar crystals.
You can wrap these in waxed paper, for an old-fashioned look, but I always wrap mine in the clear cellophane wrappers.
Last night I had a discussion with my children how we can bring Christ more into our Christmas celebration. They had some good ideas. My idea is, and has been for awhile, is to make candy at Christmas for those I love. I seldom make candy at any other time than Christmas, and I do make it with love and package it prettily.
What candy are you making this Christmas? I seldom make candy during the rest of the year, but Christmas really brings out my desire to make candy.
I make Grandma Utahna's English Toffee. Sometimes I have made up to 24 batches. It is the vintage recipe of my husband's Grandmother; she was named after her home state of Utah. A no-thermometer recipe that is sure to please!
I also make Almond Rum Balls. This is a much requested treat in our home; we obtained from my sister Jacqueline.
Sometimes I make peanut brittle. This is a spiced up version of normal peanut brittle. I have made this at Halloween too, thus the Halloween background.
Growing up my mother used to make the best Black Walnut Divinity. It also seemed like we used to make endless batches of cream cheese mints.
I would love to hear what you are making.
Thanks for dropping by the Couch!