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Trust me when I say, your Friday night needs these Salted Chocolate Covered Bourbon Cider Caramels.
Not sure about you guys, but it’s been a pretty busy week over here. It’s just that time of year I guess. I have to say I’m looking forward to a good Friday night-in, with a side of candles (I am seriously so obsessed with candles right now) and plenty of these chocolate covered caramels.
I know, I am so predictable, homebody forever and ever. In my defense, I spent most nights this week working away, and last Friday night I was on a four and a half hour plane ride back home from NYC. So tonight calls for a chill night. In the morning it’s back to work on a super fun holiday project (which really does not feel like work, I’m excited to shoot this). On Sunday and Monday I’ll be filming videos with Kai, then Tuesday it’s off to Cleveland. I have a quick interview on Wednesday with a local news station (it’s actually a joint interview with my little brother, Red…should be interesting), and then from there it’s off to my Nonnie’s kitchen I go, because I have thirty plus people to feed for Thanksgiving.
The flight to Cleveland alone is going to be rather, um? Eventful? My entire family, plus two girlfriends, a cousin, and Merle (the puppy…yes, my parents are flying with the dog), are all on the same flight. Meaning twelve Gerard’s on one plane. If you know my family then you know this is a recipe for disaster. Someone hide the mini bottles of booze…
Anyway, my point in all this rambling (sorry) is that tonight needs to involve these chocolate covered caramels. Even if your week wasn’t a hectic one (lucky), I can almost guarantee that most of you need a little chill time and a little chocolate before all the festivities that next week will bring.
Thanksgiving week is always a little hectic, so I’m taking tonight to just breath, make chocolate, and then eat chocolate while watching a Christmas movie and smelling my new Christmas candles…very, very smart idea.
Great! Now that we’ve got our plans for the night all settled, let me actually tell you about these caramels.
Normally, caramels are not my go-to when it comes to sweets, but any time I can home make them I’m singing a different tune. Homemade caramels, especially soft and chewy homemade caramels, are the best. Nothing can beat them.
Every holiday season I usually make some form of caramels to include in my cookie boxes that I send out to friends, family, and people I work with (I may have missed a few last year…). I always include cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, and caramels.
Even though I make caramels every year, I’ve oddly never told you guys about them…until now that is.
I made these bourbon caramels the other week and as soon as I tried one, I knew I had to share the recipe. These are perfection in every single bite. Sweet, buttery, gooey, soft caramel, covered in semi-sweet chocolate.
I know caramel can sometimes be intimidating, but guys I promise this recipe is simple and easy. Just boil your ingredients until they turn into caramel, pour the caramel into a baking dish, let it set, cut into squares, and cover in chocolate.
Simple. The only thing I have to say is that a candy thermometer is needed. I know it’s kind of a pain if you don’t often make homemade candies, but having a thermometer just makes making this recipe a million and one times easier. It takes out all the guess-work and leaves you with perfect, soft caramels every time.
If you don’t own a candy thermometer, I have this one and love it.
Unlike classic caramels, I decided to make these with apple cider. The cider adds a nice spiced flavor to the caramel that pairs so well with the bourbon and chocolate. It’s such a good flavor combo, and perfect for the holidays.
Once the caramels are covered in chocolate, I like to drizzle over just a little more chocolate and then sprinkle them with flaky sea salt. The drizzle of chocolate adds a little texture and the flaky sea salt is just really, really, delicious.
The best part? You can wrap these up to use as holiday gifts…just be sure to double the recipe…because you’ll need to save a batch for yourself.
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The most perfect chocolate bite.
PS. I hope these have you excited for what’s to come this holiday season. I cannot wait!
Total failure. They didn’t set up at all. I even froze them, but they oozed off the pan as they thawed. I used a candy thermometer to 244°. It was tasty but unusable.
So sorry you had trouble with this recipe, was there anything you may have adjusted or anything that I can help with? Please let me know! xTieghan
I am so excited to include these in my own cookie boxes this year! Would apple juice work in place of the cider do you think?
Yes, apple juice should be just fine to use. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
I left the batch out over night and tried to get it out of the pan and it never set. It’s thick but runny
I put it in the freezer to see if I can freeze and cut this way.
Worried that the chocolate is going to melt it once I dip them smh
Hoping I didn’t waist money and this way will work
So sorry, I guess I am confused on what went wrong here. Let me know how I can help. xTieghan
I had the same thing happen to me twice! Turned out I wasn’t letting the sugar get hot enough before adding the wet ingredients so it didn’t fully caramelize. 🙁 Going to try again this year!
Being pregnant salted chocolate caramels have been my obsessions! Do you think maple syrup would work instead of honey? Can’t wait to try these! Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes!
Yes, maple syrup would work well here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan