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Caramel Truffles

These candies disappear as fast as I can make them. The five-ingredient microwave recipe is easy and fun to make. When drizzled with white chocolate and packaged with ribbon, they're a pretty gift. —Charlotte Midthun, Granite Falls, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + chilling
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 26 caramels
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Directions

  • Line an 8-in. square dish with plastic wrap; set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the caramels, milk chocolate chips and cream. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 minute; stir. Microwave 1 minute longer, stirring every 15 seconds or until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. Spread into prepared dish; refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  • Using plastic wrap, lift candy out of pan. Cut into 30 pieces; roll each piece into a 1-in. ball. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt semi-sweet chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip caramels in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. If desired, use additional melted chocolate to drizzle over truffles. Refrigerate until firm.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • For a bite-sized caramel macchiato, add 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder to the heavy whipping cream.
  • MacGyver it: To craft a makeshift candy dipper, break the inner tines off a plastic fork, then use the outer tines for lifting the candy.

  • Editor's Note
    This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 truffle: 110 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.