Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel

Armed with lessons learned from last Christmas, I made two batches of Sea Salt Caramels this year, stopping a few degrees short of what the original recipe stated because last year’s candies set up harder than I would have liked. One batch is destined to be dipped in dark chocolate and the other destined to [...]

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Swirled Peppermint Bark

I fear working with white chocolate the way some others fear working with yeast. Chocolate?! I’ve never had a problem with chocolate. Every chocolate [fill in the blank] I’ve ever made has always turned out. Lucky you After losing more white chocolate to seizing than I care to admit, I almost completely stopped using it. [...]

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Homemade Caramel Sauce

Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce

As I was anxiously watching the third batch of Fleur de Sel Caramel bubble itself up to soft-ball stage, I was sending prayer after prayer up the stainless steel chimney hood to the Gourmet Gods that the caramel would set properly. This was my third attempt. What if the caramel didn’t set up? [Light bulb [...]

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Fleur de Sel Caramels

Fleur de Sel Caramel

Sometimes just rendering a dish inedible is taking the easy way out. If you’re heart was really in it, you’d ruin the the dish containing the fancy, hard-to-find European butter, the ridiculously expensive French salt, and the pan in which you made the dish. Round 1: [Click. Click-click-click. Click.] I was far too engrossed with [...]

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Chocolate-Covered Caramel Apples

Dark and White Chocolate Caramel Apple

While we were playing around on The Strand a couple of weeks ago, we stopped in at cute little candy shop. My mom and aunt visit the shop often and bring back slabs of fudge. Us? We go for the softball-sized caramel apples (they’re not just for Halloween!). Oh, they start out innocently enough as [...]

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