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Fleur de Sel Caramel Crunch Cups

Prep time 31 mins
Cook time 9 mins
Yield 45 candy cups
French sea salt is the perfect finish for these candy cups. This hand-harvested fine salt looks like tiny snowflakes. Reserve it for recipes that highlight its texture and distinctive clean flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (14-oz.) package caramels
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts, toasted
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed thin pretzel sticks (we tested with Rold Gold)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups bittersweet chocolate morsels
  • Fleur de sel (French sea salt) or coarse sea salt

How to Make It

  1. Combine heavy cream and caramels in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 2 to 3 minutes or until caramels are melted, stirring after every minute. Stir in nuts, pretzels, and vanilla. Spoon mixture into 45 (1 1/2") foil petits four cups lightly greased with cooking spray, filling each two-thirds full; cool completely.

  2. Place chocolate morsels in a small microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until melted; stir until smooth. Spoon chocolate evenly over caramel in cups; cool slightly. Sprinkle with fleur de sel, and let candy cups set completely. Store candy cups in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Christmas with Southern Living 2008