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Coconut-Macadamia Caramels

Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins
Yield Makes 1 1/2 pounds
This homemade caramel candy goes tropical with the addition of flaked coconut, macadamia nuts and dried pineapple.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half, divided
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamias
  • 1 tablespoon minced dried pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. Cook first 3 ingredients and 1/2 cup half-and-half in a large heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Cover and cook over medium-low heat 2 to 3 minutes to wash down sugar crystals from sides of pan.

  2. Uncover and cook, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer registers 242° (firm ball stage). Add 1/2 cup half-and-half, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 12 minutes or until candy thermometer returns to 242°. Repeat procedure with remaining 1/2 cup half-and-half. Stir in flaked coconut and remaining ingredients.

  3. Pour into a buttered 9-inch square pan. Cool and cut into 1 1/2-inch logs; wrap individually in wax paper.

Cook's Notes

Butter your knife to ease cutting.