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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sea Salt & Chocolate Caramel Cups

I'm warning you now...you do not want to make these! You will curse me and this blog, and rue the day you saw this post. I know this because that's exactly how I feel about Megan's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.

I saw her post last year and immediately whipped up a batch. And then another. And another. No one could stop eating them. Even worse...I couldn't stop eating them! I'd call Megan and say, 'Dang it, I just made another batch of your stupid peanut butter cups!' The same conversation repeated itself again this week, except this time, I asked her, 'Wonder what would happen if you replaced the peanut butter with caramel?! And then put sea salt on top?'

I'll tell you what happens....clouds part and angels sing!

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

It's so simple, even non-cooker-people like myself can make them.

{INGREDIENTS}
Chocolate Chips (spring for the good ones, not the waxy store-brand!)
Caramel squares or sauce (from the ice cream aisle) Or make your own if you're so inclined. We might judge you for being too perfect though.
Sea Salt 
Cupcake liners


Melt half a bag of chips...I don't own a double-broiler, so I improvise by placing a glass bowl over boiling water.

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

Lay out your liners....

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

Smooth a thin layer of melted chocolate on the bottom, and place in fridge to set.

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

Spoon a dollop of caramel, and spread it around a bit before allowing to set in the fridge.

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

Melt the rest of the chocolate, and follow with another thin layer of it.

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

And finish with a sprinkling of sea salt while the chocolate is still hot. I allow them to cool completely at room temperature. That's not true, I usually eat 3 before they get a chance to set.

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

I challenge you not to moan inappropriately when biting in to one.

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

Keep the liners on if you package them as gifts. I found these cute striped buckets here, and hopefully I'll get them packed up before eating them all!

Hi Sugarplum | Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

If you are able to give them away, be prepared for friends to praise and curse you. I'd invite you over for one, but this batch is already gone, baby, gone. Are you able to make sweets without eating them all?

Excited to link this easy recipe up with Natasha and Heather for our last Christmas Cheer in the Blogosphere party! It's been a fun two weeks seeing what goes on in your home during the holidays. Be sure to check back tomorrow for my favorites from the Craft Party!

Hi Sugarplum | Blogger Christmas Link Party

26 comments:

  1. yummmm i want this now. at 7:45 am. judge away! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  2. Hey Cassie! What kind of chocolate chips did you use? And, did you use the caramel candies and melt them or caramel sauce? Sorry, but that caramel you used looks yummy...thank-you!

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    1. Hi Ami -- I used a combo of semi-sweet and milk choc chips...both from Ghiredelli. It's really just a preference thing. As for the caramel, I had a jar of caramel from a local shop, but any yummy kind will work! You just want it a bit firm so you can dollop it. Dolloping is important. ;)

      xoxo

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    2. Yes,indeed, dolloping is important! Especially when it comes to caramel. I'm glad you said Ghiradelli because that is my go to for chocolate chips. I was hoping those weren't the ones you considered inferior, tee hee. Now to find the right caramel. Thanks for getting back to me.

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  3. I'm ignoring your warning and making these ASAP!

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  4. Have mercy!! These look insane!! They are the perfect blend of everything I love in a sweet. You are definitely going on the naughty list for making these bad boys!! ;)

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  5. You and court are on the same page!! These are making my mouth water!

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  6. Sea Salt + Carmel -- you're talking my language. I definitely need to make these.

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  7. I just might have to make these, they seem so simple and they look delicious! I make a couple visits with family members on Christmas day so this would be great to take with me. I love your blog and your fun personality! Thanks for sharing:)

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  8. YUM!! Baby girl is home and loves to make/bake...gonna talk her into this one for sure!!! My butt thanks you in advance!!

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  9. Diet blown.

    (Oh, and I just read your comment blurb for the first time...BAHAHAHAHA!)

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  10. I thought to myself "I wonder what "HI Sugarplum" posted about today?" Dang it! I wish I hadn't checked!! I'm pretty sure I have caramel sauce in the fridge that needs to be used up! Curses to you Cassie! (shakes fist in the air) ;)

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  11. Oh my, what a delight! This delicious treat looks amazing! Thank you for sharing this with us.

    xo

    www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

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  12. I seriously was just looking up salted carmel chocolate goody recipes about an hour ago! Then popped over to say hi and tada...an answer to my search without hunting for it! Thanks! :)

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  13. oh dear. oh dear. i can feel the weight coming on!

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  14. I don't know whether to hug you or curse you, but these little gems will be in my tummy soon :)

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  15. These look incredible! I LOVE caramel!!!

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  16. Thank you for sharing. How many chocolate cups does this make?

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  17. I made these today in mini cupcake liners and they are quite good. My caramel sauce never firmed up and was very messy. Next time I will try using try using caramel squares and nuts.

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  18. Oh. my. goodness. I need to make these! Looks so delicious!

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  19. You're evil! I have a snow day from work and planned to make hard tack candy and butterfingers so I am going to also make these... I have made the pb cups they are so good

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  20. You're evil! I have a snow day from work and planned to make hard tack candy and butterfingers so I am going to also make these... I have made the pb cups they are so good

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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