Chocolate Caramel Critters
Salty and sweet, chewy and crunchy, these critters are sure to please.
40 min.prep time
40 min.total time
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
36 flat pretzel-shaped crisps
String licorice, cut into 2-inch pieces, if desired
1/2 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
Mini candy-covered chocolate pieces
Combine all caramel ingredients except
vanilla in heavy, non-stick 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until butter is melted and mixture comes to a boil (11 to 15 minutes).
Continue cooking until candy thermometer reaches 240°F. to 244°F. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour hot caramel mixture into small heat resistant measuring cup or bowl. Let cool until firm enough to spoon (5 to 10 minutes)
Meanwhile, line 2 baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper. Lay 18 pretzel crisps on each baking sheet. Spoon about 1 teaspoon
caramel on top of each pretzel crisp. Immediately insert licorice pieces into caramel for legs. Let stand until caramel is cool and almost firm (about 10 minutes).
Meanwhile, combine chocolate chips and shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100% power) for 1 minute; stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Spread 1/4 teaspoon
chocolate near top of each caramel critter. Top with 2
chocolate pieces for eyes and 2 almond halves for teeth.
To make the edible spider web, print this PDF template and place it under a layer of wax paper. Using your favorite white frosting, trace the outline of the spider web and set your Chocolate Caramel Critters on top.