Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Caramel Ghosts~

O.K, these little guys were fun to make and so good! Did I say SOOOO GOOD??!
These would be good for any holiday, party or get together since the little melty chocolates come in such a variety of colors these days!
I think the ghosts turned out super cute! Love the little candy eyes!
Not only are the melts different colors, but there's a world of sprinkles out there!
We had our little Halloween/Fall theme going on, but I'm going to whip up some of these for Christmas for the neighbors {and us of course!} dipped in green with red, green and white sprinkles! Hopefully, it will give the effect of a Christmas tree! We'll see!
I'd never made my own caramel before, but Peggy {the sweet friend I referred to yesterday} has a gazillion times, so this was my time to learn!
It might take a few times to get when it's boiled for too short of time, just right or too stinkin' long!
Use your candy thermometer once you've mixed everything and brought it to a boil: bring to "thread". Or if you don't have a candy thermometer you can take a drip of caramel and drop it into cold water. You should be able to form it into a soft ball if it's ready!  
When it's to "thread", pour it out onto lightly sprayed sheets and let it cool. When it's boiled "just right" it doesn't harden up and you can cut it into any size strip ya need!
You can see the little size strip that we cut. Then you take the pretzel stick and wrap it around
like so...
Melt whatever color you choose and get to dippin'!
They even have mint flavored melts!!
Lay on wax paper, let set a few and EAT UP!
They're like a potato chip~ you can't eat just one!!
Time to make your own!
What you'll need:
1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 bag big long stick pretzels
In a saucepan combine butter, sugar and corn syrup. Stir well and bring to boiling over medium heat. Stir in condensed milk; simmer, stirring constantly, till mixture comes to thread on candy thermometer. Stir in vanilla. Pour onto lightly sprayed sheets to cool.
This is great for Caramel popcorn too!!
Only let the caramel boil for a skosh...you want it runny!!
Then drop in Christmas M&M's!!
This is belly rubbin' good!! {Remember, that's the highest rating!}