I’m not a big fan of candy. I can easily walk by candy aisles or stores without giving it a second look. For my kiddos, them passing the candy store is like a moth to a flame. An uncontrollable need for sugar takes over their bodies and before you know it, they’re in the store tasting samples…kinda sounds like me at the bakery 😉
Although I love chocolate, I’m usually not a huge fan of chocolate candy. I have a friend who keeps a chocolate bar hidden from her family. Every so often she goes and takes a nibble which calms her craving for a while. There are, however, a few exceptions—anything that combines chocolate, caramel, nuts, and salt, and also most chocolate with peanut butter (and salt) candy. Yes, I have a bit of a salt problem. But I can’t help the fact that chocolate and salt go so well together. There’s some sort of scientific explanation behind why we enjoy such combinations and while I can’t remember exactly what it was, I’m happy that it at least proves I’m not a weirdo. 😉
I have some flaked sea salt, which I use mostly for desserts, like on these Salted Mocha Cupcakes and Salted Caramel and Chocolate Popcorn Clusters. It compliments sweets, especially chocolate, very well. I sprinkled a bit on top of the candy before the chocolate dried. If you don’t have flaked sea salt, you can also use coarse salt or omit the salt altogether.
These are a version of one of my favorite chocolate candies from Hawaii. You can find macadamia nut chocolates everywhere in Hawaii, although the caramel version was always my favorite. I use a simple date “caramel” instead of the typical sugar/corn syrup version. I also used dark instead of milk chocolate and the pinch of flaked sea salt is, of course, my own addition as well. 🙂
There are no special tools needed to make these and trust me when I say that they taste amazing and are totally worth the effort. I hope you give them a try!Print
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