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Go Nuts! Coconut Caramels

I saw this candy recipe on a cooking TV show, but made some adjustments to suit our tastes. We make the caramels every Easter, and many more times throughout the year. —Deanna Polito-Laughinghouse, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3/4 pound


  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 24 caramels
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1/2 cup white baking chips
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts


  • Line an 8x4-in. loaf pan with foil and grease the foil with butter; set aside.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the caramels, 3/4 cup coconut, baking chips and peanuts. Microwave on high, uncovered, for 1 minute; stir. Cook, uncovered, 30-60 seconds longer or until caramels are melted; stir to combine. Press into prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining coconut. Cool.
  • Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Discard foil; cut candy into 1-in. squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 70 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 38mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • A13
    Dec 21, 2013

    This is wonderful! I made a batch on the stovetop because I don't own a microwave and it came out deliciously! I would give this to any caramel lover. I used cashews instead of peanuts because peanuts are the object of a lot of allergy cases in my house, whereas cashews are not. I also refridgerated mine before cutting and it was a little difficult, but not messy. Great recipe.

  • Carmelulu
    Mar 30, 2012

    These were just yummy! To get the marbling, I melted the white chocolate with the coconut separate from the caramels...then, I swirled it with a knife into the warm caramel mixture once it was in the pan.

  • LauraTC
    Dec 23, 2011

    I made this during Thanksgiving holiday and LOVED it!!! It was so quick and easy. I'm now making it to give to family on Christmas Eve.

  • lhewitt6855
    Dec 14, 2011

    This recipe cost me about $10.00 for the ingredients and netted about 1 1/2 lb of the candy. It is good, it is easy, but I will save myself the $$ and buy a Payday candy bar instead!

  • alaskakaren
    Nov 16, 2011

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  • skooter941
    Apr 13, 2011

    First off, these smell awesome when they are cooking and the combination of the coconut, caramels, peanuts and white chocolate tastes fantastic! I tried making these two different ways, though, and didn't get that beautiful marbled look int he picture. The first time I followed it exactly but probably stirred too much. The second time I cooked the caramels by themselves and added the other ingredients after the caramels were melted. Still no beautiful white marbling effect. Did anyone's turn out as pretty as the picture?

  • veggiemama
    Mar 23, 2011

    I must have done something wrong because mine turned out extremely hard. I was expecting a soft, chewy treat - basically like caramel, but with maybe a little crunch from the nuts. However, it was nearly impossible to cut, much less eat. The flavor was good, but it was just too hard to cut/eat.

  • sam52687
    Feb 9, 2011

    I made these during the holidays, gave them to friends and family...they were delicious, easy and a bit hit!!

  • arco felice
    Dec 22, 2010

    super easy & very yummy! Thanks

  • 3boycrazy
    Dec 17, 2010

    Once you get the caramels unwrapped, this is a fairly simple recipe for such magnificent results! Will be making again.