If I'm in the mood, I like it, and I will devour it...
But typically I choose chewy candy, caramels or salt snacks over chocolate.
In High School my best friend's family made the best caramels in the world. I loved going to her house and eating till my stomach hurt. I loved getting the "neighborhood gifts" from them and taking the stash to my room. I STILL love going home over christmas and hoping the Walkers gave us a neighborhood gift so I can eat their caramels.
They make reg, cinnamon and licorice caramels. all of them to die for.
I however- do not have enough time or energy to make ALL of them. (I have made them all) so I just make regular. but I will provide you with the recipe so you can. It's not the cooking that is hard- its the rolling. holy rolling. Maybe when I have a few hand (older kids) I will make them all and we will have family night watching a movie and rolling caramels.
READ the TIPS below BEFORE you make the caramels....
(this is stirring before it has started to change color)
cooling in the pan
cut small squares. a little goes a long way.
Rolling the candy:
I have used both wax and parchment paper. either works. Wax paper is nice when you have the three different caramels because you see the caramels through the paper, whereas the parchment paper is white and caramels are only slightly visible.
I cut a bunch of 3-4 inch strips from the paper roll, then cut the strips into thirds.
Its a nice addition to treat plates for neighbors