This year, for a change, I did ask Mister to get me some candy for Valentine's Day. I've got a procedure scheduled for that day, so I thought it would be my just reward.
I've changed my mind.
I just came from the kitchen where I made, that's right, MADE what I'm going to call My Very Own Milk Duds. So please, no more candy!
I love Milk Duds. They do a number on my TMJ, but there's no help for it. The sweet chocolate outer layer, the sweeter inner caramel. I always eat them two at a time, because, well, it just seems right.
It all started with hunger pangs and fondly thinking about the cans of sweetened condensed milk in my pantry. I could just eat that stuff from the can. Actually, I did just that, eventually.
I searched Desserts at Allrecipe.com, excluding the ingredient flour, but including my delicious sweetened condensed milk. That is how I came across the recipe for Chocolate Covered Caramels.
I was intimidated by using a candy thermometer, but I do have one, so thought, why not?
I halved the recipe, and proceeded thusly:
I placed waxed paper with Pam sprayed on it in an 8x8 baking dish.
1 stick butter in a heavy saucepan.
1 cup and 2 T brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
Stirring constantly, I heated to soft ball stage. My thermometer seemed a bit wacky because when I dropped the caramel in the cold water it made a soft pliable ball, but the thermometer said it was nowhere near ready. I went with the soft ball stage. After all, you saw my thermometer!
Removed from heat and stirred in:
about 1tsp vanilla
(I always generously overguestimate vanilla)
Poured into my prepared pan.
Now, I have dipped homemade Easter egg candy before in chocolate, and it wasn't too pretty. So when I make something like this, I do chocolate the lazy way.
Take some of the leftover sweetened condensed milk, add some chocolate chips in, microwave to melt chocolate, dump in some vanilla, stir, and pour over the caramel. So much easier.
It's cooling on the sunporch. I'll see about cutting it when it sets.
I thoroughly cleaned the pan, the can and the chocolate melting measuring cup by scraping out and eating the contents. I'm so glad I don't know what my blood sugar is right now!
As a side note, remember my Amaryllis that was blooming a couple of weeks ago? (here) Well, we are starting Round 2. In the kitchen, behind the sink, bloom 2 is coming along nicely.
Have a marvelous weekend!