Holiday Baking Traditions

Another great way I enjoy the holidays is finding a new treat recipe to try…and possibly add to the list for next year. This year’s attempt knocked it out of the park. F – A – B – U – L – O – U – S.

If you don’t know, I am sucker for a great caramel dipped in super dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt. I know these days you can find them almost anywhere. Most of them are over priced and not very good. Fran’s (who rumored to create this treat) are my baseline. Boehm’s are my favorites. Partly because the caramel outweighs the chocolate. And I get four bites from each square. {{Maybe nibble is a better word.}} 

So in honor of my love of sea salt and caramel (plus dark chocolate dipping skills learned a few month ago), I went in search of a recipe. I settled on one of Ina’s.

Fleur de sel caramels

{{Decided it was better to get the caramel right instead of worrying about finding the double-whammy of chocolate and caramel.}} My touch was using both fleur de sel and chocolate fleur de sel – and I used more than the recipe called for both in melting and sprinkling. I also figured out that I don’t have a candy thermometer. But never fear, Bing gave me a great tip on how to use a glass of water as my temperature gauge. Bottom line: Thank you, Ina! 

And the next day (after restraining myself from sitting down and eating the whole batch), I did a little semi-sweet chocolate dipping. The downside of this recipe is you do have to refrigerate – and the chocolate gets a bit too hard. Still, after 10 minutes, the chocolate fleur de sel caramel was DELICIOUS!

Author: sheilashultz

Search marketer by day, full-time Mom by night...always looking for ways to find a few moments of "me" time.

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