Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Chocolate Creme Caramels (with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt)

Out of all the confections in the world, caramels are probably my favorite. I like chocolate, but I don't really consider myself a chocoholic. And I love fruity things--cakes, pies, candies--but even they don't top the list. What I love more then any other sweet is caramel. In a box of chocolates, I always go for the chocolate-covered caramels first (they are easy to spot, usually being square or rectangular with fairly sharp corners). In fact, if I get to a box of chocolates too late and the caramels are already gone, I usually don't have any.

I was thrilled that this week's Sweet Melissa Sundays recipe from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book by Melissa Murphy was chocolate creme caramels. Oh my! They were so good. Since they start out blazing hot and take hours to cool and set up, I spent the interim scraping every last bit of chocolate caramel out of the pot and eating it with a wooden spoon! Since they didn't call for too much salt, I decided to sprinkle a little pink Himalayan sea salt on mine. Heaven!

Thanks to this week's hostess, Jeanette, for choosing this amazing recipe. I will definitely make these again, maybe next Christmas to give to friends. Or maybe I'll eat them all by myself! You can find the recipe on Jeanette's blog, The Whimsical Cupcake.
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  1. Your caramels look perfect! I thought about adding salt to mine too but decided against it in the end. Glad they were such a hit for you :)

    Happy New Year!

  2. I didn't make this weeks recipe (have to cut back for the budget and waistline!) but looking at yours makes me wish I had. They look divine! I'm with you on the box of chocolates and getting all the caramels. My favorite too!

  3. It was TRULY amazing.

    Can I just be your apprentice in the new year so I can learn to be more amazing like you?

  4. Your caramels look fantastic! I love caramels too and these were so good! They would definitely be a great holiday gift.

  5. I love that you added the salt to these! Working with salts is one my list of things to do and blog about!

  6. I hear ya! These were great. I kinda wished I had made more than just a 1/4 recipe. Love your salt addition. Was looking for my Fleur de Sel but couldn't find it, so left them plain.

  7. The addition of salt sounds wonderful, great job!!!

  8. Absolutely stunning!!!! oh my... now I'm feeling inspired - I'll definitely have to try making these again! and the himalayan salt is genius! x

  9. Scraping the pot for every last bit?!? Hilarious! I should have read your blog earlier and asked you for your address cause i would have gladly sent you some of mine! Your caramels look fabulous.

  10. Hi Melissa!

    How are you? I'm so sorry I haven't been by recently, but I'm really glad to be back in action with all you talented SMS ladies! I've missed you and hope you're doing well!

    Your caramels look SO delicious, especially with the brilliant addition of your fancy shmancy salt... oh boy, that must have really sent these over the top! I'm so glad you enjoyed them, and the selection was one of your personal favorites!

    I'm really looking forward to another fabulous year of baking and blogging together in 2010! Hope you have a great week and I'll talk to you soon :)


  11. The sea salt sounds perfect for these! well done

  12. Ok, I'm glad that I am not the only one out there that picks the caramels out of the box-o-chocolates first!

    Yummy looking caramel!! Thanks so much for "baking" along with me :)


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