Salted Chocolate Caramel Clusters

Sing with me.  Memories…..Like the corners of my mind.  Misty water-colored mem….Okay, that’s enough.  I actually started to sing out loud and some dog down the street started howling.  Barbara Streisand I am not.

However, this post does bring back a memory. A memory of my dad.  And  the memory is that my father LOVED Pecan Logs!

I can never see any type of caramel/pecan candy without thinking of him.  So when I pinned this pin for Salted Chocolate Caramel Clusters from The Small Things Blog, memories of my father came rushing back.

My dad would eat anything with caramel and pecans until he was sick.  Anytime I went somewhere and found a pecan log, I never failed to buy one for him.  Don’t tell my two sisters, but just this one act alone made me the favorite daughter.  Me buying him pecan logs.  It was kind of “our thing”.

So in honor of my father, I made these Salted Chocolate Caramel Clusters and they turned out fabulous!! (Full recipe below) I am expecting people to think I am a professional candy maker when I bring these into work tomorrow.  (Secretly, I have always wanted to be a professional candy maker.) People will think that you too are professional candy makers when your clusters turn out like this:

So if you have some time today, make some of these Salted Chocolate Caramel Clusters and maybe give some to your father.  He will love them.  And he might just even bust out singing…Memories….

My dad would agree that This Pin Rocks!

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Salted Chocolate Caramel Clusters
 
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Recipe type: Candy

Ingredients
  • 8 oz of pecan halves, toasted
  • 14 oz package of caramel candies, unwrapped
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 12 oz package of dark chocolate pieces
  • 2 ounces of white chocolate, chopped
  • Fleur de Sel

Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Arrange pecans in a cluster of 5-6 halves
  2. In a small saucepan combine caramels, milk and vanilla. Heat and stir over medium heat until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. Don’t let them burn! Spoon caramel over each cluster of pecans. Return saucepan to heat periodically if your mixture starts to harden before you’ve finished all your clusters. Let stand for about 30 minutes or until firm.
  3. In a medium saucepan heat and melt dark chocolate pieces over low heat until chocolate is melted and smooth. Set aside about ¼ cup of melted chocolate in a resealable plastic bag. Spoon remaining chocolate over clusters and gently spread to the edge. Let stand for about 30 minutes or until firm.
  4. Meanwhile, chop white chocolate into small pieces and melt in microwave uncovered for about 1 minute, stirring every 20 seconds. Spread white chocolate over tops of clusters.
  5. Microwave the plastic bag you reserved the dark chocolate mixture in for 20 seconds. Snip a tiny bit off one corner and drizzle over the top of each cluster.
  6. Finish by sprinkling fleur de sel over each while drizzled chocolate is still soft.

 

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Comments

  1. I LOVE Turtles–you know, not the animal kind, but the pecans, caramel and chocolate kind–To die for! And these look like they are right up my alley! Your dad and I would’ve gotten along spectacularly! And, yes, you are quite the professional candy maker! And funny, too!

    • Jeni, It’s a good thing that I took a picture of these right when I finished them cuz otherwise I would have missed my opportunity. They certainly didn’t last long! You can’t go wrong with chocolate and caramel! Deb

  2. YUM! My husband will love you for posting this. He’s really into anything salted caramel, and his birthday is next week. Guess what I’ll be making for him? Thank so much for sharing! Enjoy your day.
    P.S. What a darling bunch of sisters!!

    • Hi Brooke! Oh, I hope that your hubby likes these. Mine sure did! If you make these, we’d love to hear how they turned out for you. Thanks for your sweet comment! And aren’t sisters the best?!?! Deb – The Oldest

  3. Debbie –

    Oh man! These look amazing! I can’t wait to try! They look much too easy for how quick I would eat them up!

    I found you on LiveLaughRowe’s linky party

    Keep on baking
    Robin
    http://www.typeabaker.com

    • Hi Meow! These really are easy to make and did not last long in our house! I just visited your blog and it’s beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by. Deb – The Oldest

  4. lol…now I’m going to have that song stuck in my head all day! I love caramel and chocolate…and I love salty/sweet combinations, so I know I’d love these! =)

    • Lillian! They were so dang easy but look so professional! And I’m with you. LOVE anything salty/sweet. We are kindred spirits! Deb – The Oldest

  5. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made’s Show & Tell. You’ve been featured!

    http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/03/show-tell-features_26.html

  6. You sure know how to ruin a girl’s diet! LOL These looks extremely good. Thank you for linking up and sharing it at Crafty Thursday Obsessions. Hope we see you again this week

    Have a great week!
    -Stacey

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