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Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Buddy’s yummies

Posted on May 21, 2013

I am guilty of the title of this article. I am amazingly and shamefully guilty as sin and beyond sin. I found some photos a friend put up on Facebook, He had made some candy. Chocolate covered cream caramel squares. The evil git made me drool. So I asked him if  he would share the recipe with me for the blog. This recipe and these wonderful photos being shared here, are the result. So I give you, all the way from Finland some amazing candy for you to make at home.

Delicious Candy made by a good friend of mine in Finland.

Delicious Candy made by a good friend of mine in Finland.

Ingredients:

Mixing cream and sugar over very low heat.

Mixing cream and sugar over very low heat.

Directions:

  • Line a tray or a pan of some kind with parchment paper. I used an Iittala Tools oven pan courtesy of my parents (https://www.iittala.com/Cookware/Tools-Oven-pan-36-x-24-x-6-cm/p/E162872), about 14 x 9.5 x 2.5 inches.
  • Chop up the chocolate (The caramel cools quite quickly, I did not do this and ended up pushing pieces of chocolate into semi-set but hot caramel and spreading them out with a fork, hence the rough texture)
  • Pour the cream and sugar into a big saucepan, mix over very low heat until all sugar is dissolved.
  • Turn up the heat and keep mixing until the mixture looks about right, in my case about 8 minutes. I didn’t have a thermometer and it was the first time I was making caramel and just guessed it. I was going for a fudge but overshot the temperature and ended up with crunchy caramel instead. I’m willing to bet this will not taste bad unless you go so far as to burn it though :).
  • Pour the caramel into the parchment lined pan.
  • Toss the chocolate pieces on top of the caramel and push them down a bit, wait for a while for them to melt and spread around with a fork for that rough texture.
  • Sprinkle some sea salt on top.
  • Pop into the freezer until set, around 30 minutes
  • Cut into about one-inch squares using a sharp knife and serve in a nice piece of glassware.
After you mix the cream and sugar, turn on the heat. Here is the mixture after 2-3 minutes of heating.

After you mix the cream and sugar, turn on the heat. Here is the mixture after 2-3 minutes of heating.

poured caramel in a parchment lined pan with about half of the chopped chocolate

poured caramel in a parchment lined pan with about half of the chopped chocolate

Melting chocolate roughly pushed around with a fork, and some salt ground on top

Melting chocolate roughly pushed around with a fork, and some salt ground on top.

Notes:

* These are so sweet they should be the last thing to be served even in a dessert table, nothing else will taste like anything after you pop one in your mouth. I served them for my family on mothers’ day and nobody would eat more than two pieces due to the immense sweetness though everybody loved them. I wouldn’t have had any problems eating the whole tray though.

* Might try and go for dark / bitter chocolate for a less sweet toothy audience. Who doesn’t love Swiss though? :)

* Great when combined with strong, black coffee!

* Kids will go crazy for these

Out of the freezer, being cut into pieces (also some ciabatta visible...)

Out of the freezer, being cut into pieces (also some ciabatta visible…)

I am so very lucky to have amazing friends all over this planet doing amazing and interesting, and in this case delicious things every day. On behalf of  my readers,  I would like to thank my dear friend properly in his native language, kiitos! Mina rakastan sinua! Or, for those who speak the Finnish language even less than I do, “Thanx, I love you!” (And I love these yummies too….Perhaps more than I love you…. I must make them and find out… ;P ) In fact, I suspect many of my readers will love this recipe as much as I am going to…. Many hugs, to this friend in Finland who is kind enough to share this, and to all my friends around the world, including all my readers. Enjoy this recipe people and don’t be afraid to mix it up as suggested. And to the friend kind enough to share, next time I am in Suomi (Finland)  olut (beer) is on me! Kiitos!

Delicious Candy made by a good friend of mine in Finland.

Delicious Candy made by a good friend of mine in Finland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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