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Chocolate Caramel Critters
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1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, cut into chunks

1/4 cup light corn syrup

14 cup firmly packed brown sugar

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

Slivered almonds

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine all caramel ingredients except vanilla in heavy, non-stick 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 11-15 minutes or until butter is melted and mixture comes to a boil.

  2. STEP 2

    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 5-10 minutes or until firm enough to spoon.

  3. STEP 3

    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 10 minutes or until caramel is cool and almost firm.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine chocolate chips and shortening in bowl. Microwave 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 and2 almond halves for teeth.

  5. STEP 5

    Make edible spider web by drawing outline of spider web using your favorite white frosting. Set Chocolate Caramel Critters on top.

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