Whenever I’m given a box of chocolates, I am quite predictable. I always look for the caramels. It’s really the only kind I fancy, and so when I saw an easy partly-homemade chocolate caramel idea,  I knew I was going to be trying it.

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking

They turned out scrumptious, and were so incredibly easy, that I thought they would make a great little favor added to Christmas presents!

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking

You only need a couple of ingredients, and you get a lot of bang for your buck!

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking

What you need: Caramels and chocolate chips
For every 12 caramels, you will need a heaping 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking
The caramels are a bit hard right out of the package, so microwave them for a few seconds to soften them up just a tiny bit, without letting them get mushy. I did six at a time, and it only took about 11 seconds in the microwave.

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking

For the chocolate chips, I used mini milk chocolate ones, and to melt them, I microwaved them for 30 seconds, stirred, microwaved for 15 seconds more, stirred again, and they were perfect.

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking

Then with a spoon, roll them around to coat them with the melted chocolate.

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking

Then set them on parchment paper or wax paper, and let them set for about two hours, or till the chocolate is firm.

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking

Some people like “salted caramels” so you can drizzle some sea salt on them before they harden if you like.  I tried a few with it, but my personal preference is without it.

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking
Since I wanted to attach them to Christmas presents as a little favor, I purchased some candy wrapping and little treat bags.

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking
I wrapped them in the gold foil.

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking

Then I added them to the treat bags, and tied them with red ribbon.

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking

Finally, I secured them with ribbon to my presents!

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking

These were so easy to make and a scrumptious little treat, not just for Christmas, but anytime, and I think they make a perfect charming favor as well.

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful Homemaking

homemade chocolate covered caramels, Chocolate Covered Caramels, Joyful HomemakingIf you’re in need of some pretty and frugal gift wrapping ideas,
check out this post!

Hope you enjoy!

idea from:  Skinny Sweets Daily

6 Comments

  1. Hi Margo,
    I just love your Caramels, these would make a fabulous gift. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very Merry Christmas!
    Miz Helen

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