Chocolate Covered Caramels

Chocolate Covered Caramels are soft, chewy, and PERFECT for the holidays, made with sugar, butter, vanilla, and heavy cream, then coated with sweet chocolate.

We’re gathering all of our favorite Valentine’s Day desserts this week, and right now we’re loving these Oreo Balls, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, and Chocolate Truffles!

Homemade Caramels dipped in Chocolate
CHOCOLATE COVERED CARAMELS

Chocolate Covered Caramels are sweet and chewy, and a fun dessert to make at home. This recipe uses a combo of sugar and corn syrup, mixed with cream, vanilla, and butter, then hardened, cut into pieces, and dipped in melted chocolate. It’s the PERFECT candy to give out as gifts, and my go-to when I need something sweet to serve at a party.

You can coat these soft caramels with semi-sweet dark or milk chocolate, and top with sea salt, sprinkles, or drizzle decoratively with extra caramel. I like to serve these with chocolate dipped homemade marshmallows!

HOW TO STORE CHOCOLATE COVERED CARAMELS

Chocolate caramels can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Try to avoid keeping them in areas that are very warm, like in the sunlight near a window, because they can melt.

You can also refrigerate or freeze these chocolate caramels, but keep in mind that the chocolate can form condensation. If you plan on serving these at a party or giving them as gifts, I would avoid the cold temperatures.

HOW LONG DO CHOCOLATE COVERED CARAMELS LAST?

Chocolate caramels will last for 2-3 weeks when stored at room temperature. Use wax or parchment paper, if you haven’t used candy wrappers, to keep the caramels from sticking to each other.

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TIPS FOR MAKING CHOCOLATE COVERED CARAMELS

  • Try making a different variation of these caramels with white chocolate, for white chocolate covered caramels! Use red sprinkles for a holiday version.
  • You can top these chocolate caramels with sea salt, or fleur de sel.
  • Use plastic or paper candy wrappers to wrap the individual candies. You can give them out as Valentine’s Day gifts!
  • You can replace the heavy cream in this recipe with whipped cream or unsweetened condensed milk for a richer caramel recipe.
  • Use a candy thermometer to make sure your caramels turn out with the right texture. Making caramel depends a lot on the temperature of the melted sugar, because sugar will react differently when it’s melted and brought to different temperatures.
  • I don’t recommend using chocolate chips in place of the chocolate disks. The disks will turn out smoother, and look better on the caramel candy.
  • Try to find a candy thermometer that clips to the side of your saucepan to make things easier.
  • These caramels would work with salted butter or unsalted butter, but I prefer to use unsalted so I can control the amount that goes into this recipe.
  • You can use granulated sugar or brown sugar, but keep in mind that the brown sugar will add a molasses type flavor to your chocolate caramels.
  • Parchment paper will be your best friend here. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper to keep the caramel from sticking.

Homemade Chocolate Covered Caramels

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Chocolate Covered Caramels

Chocolate Covered Caramels are soft, chewy, and PERFECT for the holidays, made with sugar, butter, vanilla, and heavy cream, then coated with sweet chocolate.
Yield 60 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Add the sugar, heavy cream, corn syrup, butter and salt to a dutch oven (with a candy thermometer attached) on medium heat, whisking well until it comes to a boil, then lower the heat to medium low, whisking well until it reaches 250 degrees.
  • Turn off the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract then pour it into the baking pan and let it harden for 4-6 hours before cutting.
  • Place the caramels in the refrigerator for an hour before dipping to help keep them from melting before dipping.
  • Melt the chocolate disks in 30 second increments until completely smooth then with a fork dip then dip them into the chocolate and place them on a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper to harden.

Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 41mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I want to make these caramels using a heart shaped silicone pan. Can I put the caramels into that? Thank you for any help

      1. Is it alright to use a 9 x 13 pan? I have enough pans of sizes and shape except a 9×12. No more room in my cabinets.
        ?? Can’t wait to make these lovely caramels! Thanks for your time!

  2. chocolate covered caramels are my favorite things…and this recipe looks like I’ll like to try making it. However, you didn’t mention what size baking pan to put this in? I’m assuming a large (9×12?) due to the amount of ingredients involved, but don’t want to guess wrong. I’m also assuming that one should line the baking pan with parchment, or perhaps foil? I’ve found parchment to be my best friend in the kitchen…

    1. Yes, sorry about that, I used a 9×12 baking sheet and lined it with parchment paper. I definitely consider it to be one of my best friends in the kitchen too, haha!

    1. I used a 9×12 baking pan and lined it with parchment paper. You can cut the caramels to any size you prefer. I like cutting them into 1-inch squares. That size is easier to handle for dipping. Hope this helps!

  3. Although the taste is great the caramels did not set properly. I’ve been making candy for quite a few years now and this is the first time I’ve had an issue. I checked my thermometer to make sure it was reading accurately and it was/is. Caramel should be brought up to 250 degrees, I think that’s where the issue is stemming from.
    I’ll try to re-heat it tomorrow and re-work the sugar and see how it turns out.

    1. You’re absolutely right. That was a typo that I didn’t catch. I’ve updated the recipe card so hopefully it sticks.

  4. These caramels look perfect especially for someone with a sweet tooth like me. It would be great to give as a food gift!

    1. I actually love giving these as client gifts! And you can decorate with a bit of melted chocolate drizzled over the top too for an easy decorative touch too!

  5. Oh my gosh, I want 20 of these! They look so perfectly shaped and so delicious. Lovely for a chocolate-filled Valentine’s Day!

  6. Oh wow, I love chocolate and caramel together but never thought of making them myself. Your chocolates look amazing perfect for Valentines Day.