Chocolate Covered Cashew filled Caramels

Well, my friends, the time has come. My husband finally called home yesterday! He called just as I was walking into church. {His timing never really was good.} Anyways, he is working hard and sounded good. Only problem is that I’m not there with him. Lame. I was really sad to say goodbye, but I heard all the drill sergeants in the background yelling at him, so I knew it was for the better. Only 5 more weeks. I can do that, right? I keep telling myself that I can, but it’s hard. And, please don’t tell me the time will fly by. Lots of people have told me that and guess what? It feels like he’s been gone a year already. I think I’ve been focused on the ‘flying by’ part that I’m not enjoying the day to day stuff. Ahh, the joys of being an Army wife. Maybe he shouldn’t call anymore…then I wouldn’t turn into such a debbie downer. Sorry guys! This is supposed to be a happy little corner of the web you can come to feel a bit happier and here I am ruining it…. so lets talk chocolate! {That always makes me feel better! Am I right, ladies?}

This recipe is one I made up last week after getting inspiration walking through the aisles of the grocery store. Chocolate Covered Cashew filled Caramels. It’s beyond simple and only takes 3 ingredients. Yes! That’s right, people. THREE!  Anyone can make this. Seriously. These are good gifts around the holidays, for teachers, for that special someone or if you need a little pick me up. Heaven knows we all need pick me ups here and there! Ah, the simple pleasures of life.

Basically {because I’m lazy} I used the microwave to make these. You unwrap the caramels and melt them down. Stir in the cashews and scoop them out. Let them cool a little and then roll them into balls. Dip them in chocolate and that’s it! Easy as pie. Except easier. Pie crust is finicky stuff.

So, did you guys have a good weekend? What do you like to splurge on when you’re a debbie downer? I’d love to hear it!

Here’s to a better busier week! Happy Monday!

Chocolate Covered Cashew filled Caramels
yield: 24 large
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Ingredients:


1-16 oz. bag caramels
1/2-9.5 oz. container salted cashews + extra for garnish
5-1.55 oz. Hershey chocolate bars

Directions:
Unwrap all caramels into large bowl. Microwave on high for about 3 minutes, stopping to stir every 30 seconds or so. Once caramel is completely melted, stir in cashews. Scoop into small mounds and place on lightly greased wax paper. Once they have cooled enough to handle, roll into balls. Place in refrigerator to cool.

In a different bowl, melt chocolate completely in microwave. {Do this on low heat, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted.} Using a fork, drop each caramel into chocolate and move around to coat. Remove from chocolate and tap fork against side of bowl to remove any excess chocolate off caramel. Place onto wax paper lined baking sheets and top with half a cashew for garnish. Repeat this process until all caramels are covered. Place into refrigerator until chocolate has set. Remove and bring to room temperature before serving. Store in air tight containers until ready to eat. Good for 1 month.

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16 Responses to “Chocolate Covered Cashew filled Caramels”

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    Barbara Bakes — May 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    My cashew loving kid would be in heaven if I made him these. Hang in there!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 30, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Ah 5 weeks, you CAN do this! Even if it means eating a lot of chocolate:-) I feel for you!!! Long distance is not easy, especially when it comes to your husband!

    I just had some amazing chocolates with caramels and cashews… pretty dangerous now that I know how easy they are to make!

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    Erin — May 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Loving the caramel-cashew combo!

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    KG Texan — May 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    A big heartfelt thank you to both your husband and YOU for making such a huge sacrifice.

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    Peggy — May 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Keep your chin up… you CAN do this!! And no I won’t tell you the time will fly by because after almost 21 years of marriage some of the days still seem to crawl by when my husband is either deployed or just gone on a normal TDY. But do know this you are being thought of and prayed for daily!! And think of how sweet the reunion will be!!!

    And these caramels sound wonderful!!! I must try them….

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    Katrina — May 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I like the way you think!

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    Natalie — May 31, 2011 at 6:38 am

    People are saying it flies by? Ha. Maybe after it’s all over and you look back on it. (Even then I don’t think it did.) Hang in there, hon. It’s OK to vent. Give us some grit if it makes you feel better!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — May 31, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    hang in there girl! you can do it! :)

    these caramel candies look amazing…just bookmarked!

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    Andrea L — June 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Okay, I think this is the fifth recipe I have printed off your site to try :) I just found your site from Tasty Kitchen and I am hooked.
    I love caramel and cashews and these look easy. And great for gifts around Christmas.

    I am married to a police officer and I remember how long our time apart seemed when he was training at police academy. It was 12 weeks and my son was 1 and the days were SO long. It was so hard to be away from each other that long. Hang in there and keep sharing all these great recipes!

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    Carmen — September 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Wow. What a great idea. I think I’ll try them with pecans.

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    sally @ sally's baking addiction — May 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Lauren – salty, sweet, caramel, crunch, chocolate.. is there anything this recipe doesn’t have? And only 3 ingredients. I’m in heaven. My mom would LOVE these. She loves chocolate turtles and these are pretty similar… I’ll have to make for her birthday.

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    Lina — December 21, 2013 at 8:59 am

    3 minutes is much too long for the caramels! Mine turned out rock hard.

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    Tiara H. — June 10, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Love you! And love these chocolates. DEFINITELY gonna try these at home. And God bless you and your husband.

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