Savor the best of both salty and sweet in each bite of these unique candies.
1 (14-oz.) package caramels
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons water
3 cups pecan halves, toasted
8 (2-oz.) chocolate candy coating squares
1 cup bittersweet chocolate morsels
4 (1-oz.) bittersweet chocolate baking squares
2 tablespoons shortening
Smoked sea salt (see note)
How to Make It
Combine first 3 ingredients in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Stir in pecan halves. Remove from heat; cool in pan 5 minutes.
Drop candy by tablespoonfuls onto a jelly-roll pan lined with lightly greased wax paper. Freeze 30 minutes.
Melt chocolates and shortening in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Dip caramel candies into chocolate mixture, 4 or 5 at a time, allowing excess chocolate to drip off; place on lightly greased wax paper. Quickly sprinkle tops with sea salt. Chill until firm.
Note: McCormick smoked flavor sea salt grinder is readily available and is what we first tested and tasted on this candy. Then we went online and found some other fine options.
You can find chocolate candy coating at most craft shops. I use the Wilton's brand for my peppermint bark and it's always a big hit. It worked beautifully for this, as well. They have bags of little chocolate-flavored discs that melt nicely and evenly. You can buy different flavors, colors, etc. They usually have regular chocolate, dark, white in stock all year long.
What is candy coating chocolate? I made my own chocolate concoction and these turtles were amazing, but I can't give it 5 stars. I wish they would explain or give a substitution. I used a mixture of semi, unsweetened and bitter.... i don't know the measurements. I just added a little her and there until I had a good tasting mixture.