SMS is back! Jeanette at The Whimsical Cupcake selected Chocolate Creme Caramels. I had originally planned on sitting out this week because I'm not a big fan of caramels, but in the spirit of trying new things, I decided to make the honey cream version in the book since I've never made caramels before. I've been wanting to try fleur de sel caramels for a while and decided this would be the perfect opportunity.
I halved the recipe and still ended up with a full 8 X 8 pan full of candy. The process was easy, but it took forever for the caramel to reach a temperature of 242 degrees. If I were to make these again I would test cooking them to a little lower temperature to see if it would result in a softer caramel. As is, these really are delicious! The smell of honey cooking and watching the mixture achieve the perfect caramel color are the little things that make cooking so enjoyable. My friend Amy noted that these candies taste like the old fashioned candy Bit O' Honey and they really do. I particularly enjoyed the ones with salt. The softness of the salt blended beautifully with the sweetness of the honey.
I'm so glad I decided to make these! Thanks for the great pick Jeanette. Check out the other SMS bakers here.