Rich, chewy homemade salted caramel fills these creamy chocolate-coated Salted Caramel Cups for a fancy version of a classic treat.
Life is like a box of chocolate. Sometimes you get boring chocolates filled with nuts, and sometimes you get SALTED CARAMEL CUPS. That’s what Forrest Gump said, right?
At the time of writing this post, my boyfriend and I just moved into our first condo together (!!). While I’m
happy that we seemed to have gotten one of the salted caramel cups among the sea of boring―sometimes gross―chocolates, apartment hunting is one of my favourite things. Loading up Padmapper to stare longingly at the beautiful, expensive apartments, while visualizing your amazing life in that neighbourhood? It’s something I do often, unfortunately.
Though like many things, apartment hunting is great . . . in theory. Last year when I was looking for my first solo apartment post-university, my dad and I visited one place that looked perfect online with its large rooms and prime location. Turns out we had to wait 45 minutes in the freezing Ottawa winter as the landlord forgot we were coming, then proceeded to show us the sketchiest looking apartment I’ve ever seen. I’m talking minimal natural light, grungy corners, and bizarre smells.
It happened again this year as Alex and I toured one apartment where the landlord quite obviously used a wide-angle camera, as it was a decent size and somehow magically shrunk to a shoebox when we came knocking.
For now, we’re ecstatic with our new place. It’s just the right size, with beautiful light fixtures, a spacious balcony, a kitchen straight out of a magazine (crack for a food blogger), and seemingly great neighbours. Apparently it’s a popular place for rich doctors and surgeons to live as one of Ottawa’s large hospitals is only few minutes walk away. Score!
Back to the salted caramel cups. These little treats are a messy, fun romp in chocolate-making, where you get to paint with chocolate, cook up your own homemade salted caramel, and finally coat them all in a thick layer of melted chocolate. Make sure you serve them at room temperature after they’ve set in the fridge to keep the caramel chewy and soft.
Can you say delicious?
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Total Cost = $2.85 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- 1 cup dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided*
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp. corn syrup
- ½ cup salted butter, softened
- 1 tbsp. whipping cream (heavy cream)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ¼ to ½ tsp. sea salt
- Extra sea salt, to sprinkle
- Prepare a mini cupcake tin with mini wrappers, then spray a very small amount of cooking spray inside the wrappers. Set aside.
- Melt ½ cup chocolate chips in the microwave on low, stirring every 20 seconds until warm and fully melted. Using a clean, new paintbrush (not one that has touched paint before), 'paint' the bottom and sides of the wrappers with a small amount of melted chocolate evenly until you can't see the wrapper anymore. Set in refrigerator to harden for 5 minutes. Repeat with another layer of chocolate and put in fridge once more.
- Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add sugar and corn syrup. Stir constantly until mixture becomes caramel coloured as it moves through the boil stages. Once it reaches a rich, brown-yellow colour, add butter and cream. Stir until smooth, then remove from heat. Add vanilla and sprinkle in sea salt to taste. Set aside.
- Remove the chocolate-covered wrappers and tin from the fridge and gently spoon a small amount of caramel into each wrapper, leaving some space for the top chocolate layer. Once the tins are full with caramel, melt the remaining ½ cup chocolate and pour on top of the caramel, coating fully. Sprinkle a small amount of sea salt on top of each cup and place back in the refrigerator to cool fully.
Recipe adapted from Yammie’s Noshery.
1 cup dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips = $2.00
1/2 cup granulated sugar = $0.09
2 tbsp. corn syrup = $0.10
1/2 cup salted butter = $0.48
1 tbsp. whipping cream = $0.10
1 tsp. vanilla = $0.07
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. sea salt = $0.01