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CHOCOLATE + DATE CARAMELS

When I was a little girl, my mom would take my great grandma and I to this place called Betty Jane's, which is literally one of my favorite memories.

They had all kinds of candy but mostly homemade chocolates.

& while all of them were good, I'm a traditional girl at heart and ALWAYS chose the chocolate caramel.


As you probably know, dairy and I don't get along the best.

We are sometimes pals.

If I'm going to have ice cream or cheese, it's going to be the real stuff.

But if its anything else, I'm going to try and find an alternative for it.

Which is how these caramels were born.


& to be honest, they really do it for me.

Maybe because they also include peanut butter and I'm a major peanut butter fan.

But regardless, you should give them a try.


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INGREDIENTS

  • 15 medjool dates

  • 1/3 cup nut butter, I like peanut butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, solid

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 cup chocolate, I like Hu Kitchen baking gems

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

  • maldon salt for garnish


DIRECTIONS

  1. Slice open each date and remove the pit. Add to a food processor.

  2. To the dates, add nut butter, vanilla bean paste, 2 tablespoons coconut oil and a pinch of salt. Blend until you get a really smooth and creamy consistency.

  3. Add the mixture to an 8x5 parchment lined pan and freeze for at least four hours.

  4. Remove from the freezer and slice in pieces to desired size.

  5. Melt 1 cup of chocolate with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Add each piece to the chocolate to coat.

  6. Using a fork, remove the caramel and let it drip the excess chocolate for a moment. Add to a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with Maldon salt.

  7. Store in refrigerator or freezer and enjoy!


NOTES

  • Make sure to check your dates for mold. I know, gross. This is why I like to buy them with the pits still in. It gives me a change to inspect them.

  • If your dates are a little hard, soak in a warm water bath for 10 minutes.

  • I like making a couple different sizes to satisfy my needs.




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xoxo

Kirsten ☀️




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