SUPER EASY Allergy-Free Chocolate Covered Caramels >> that anyone can make! {Recipe}

It's almost Valentine's Day! The other day I realized my FA son, has never had caramel! I feel like that it is an absolute crime! So I got to thinking how fun it would be to make safe caramels for him as a Valentine's gift! I immediately began to scour the web and found a few promising recipes that I could convert. So this weekend I worked in the kitchen and with some swap outs, I created these super easy and delicious chocolate covered caramels! Please don't be intimidated by this recipe. It is a simple recipe, that a cook at any skill level can successfully create! If you can use a microwave, then you can make these caramels. You can do this, I promise! ;)

Ingredients for Caramel:
  • 1/4 Earth Balance (or safe) Margarine
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Dairy Free Sweetened Condensed Milk (I love this recipe.)
  • Non-Stick Spray
  • Greased heart shaped candy molds. Picked mine up for $1.99 at my local craft store (optional)
How to prepare:

Put all ingredients into a large bowl (contents will triple when cooking), and stir. Cook in your microwave for 6-8 minutes, stopping every 2 minutes to stir. Be careful not to touch caramel. After the caramel is thickened it is ready to be poured into greased candy molds, or into a greased 8x8 baking dish. If you want salted caramels, put a touch of kosher salt on top after it is semi-set. Let cool completely at room temperature. Then cut into squares and wrap in waxed paper! Store in an air tight container. They are perfect to place in sweet Valentines themed boxes or tins! If you want to earn bonus points with your Valentine, cover these morsels of pure deliciousness in chocolate!

Please note: My microwave is 900 watts and it took 8 minutes. If yours is a higher wattage I suggest cooking it for less, around 6 minutes. Still stopping every 2 minutes to stir.

Chocolate Covered Caramels

  • 1-2 cups of safe chocolate chips (Half batch of caramels takes about 1 cup chocolate, Full batch of caramels will take about 2 cups of chocolate)
On a double boiler, or in microwave melt your chocolate and add about 1 tsp of corn syrup per cup of chocolate. (If you want to get really technical follow these directions for tempering your chocolate.) But honestly, it is not a must and I didn't in the picture shown above.

Dip caramels one at a time into melted chocolate allow excess to drip off with fork, or use a butter knife to smooth off. If this is your first time, after a couple you will get the hang of it! I find keeping the bowl over the pot of warmed water helps keep things smooth. Place chocolate covered caramels onto parchment paper to harden at room temperature. As an extra special touch, sprinkle a pinch of kosher salt on top of unset chocolate. Then after they harden use as you wish! Colorful candy wrappers found at a craft store, mini-cup cake liners arranged in a pretty box are just a couple of great ideas. These chocolate covered caramels are sure to please whom ever you share them with, enjoy! :)

(Original recipe before modifications from

Check out our recipe for Easy Chocolate Ganache!

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