See’s Candy has the absolute best chocolate! So good that Santa always made sure to fill my stocking with a box of my favorites (and of course mom’s Homemade Christmas Caramels). I am usually a fan of the candies that have milk chocolate and caramel (love the Patties and Pecan Buds) but over the recent years I have branched out and started trying new
things chocolates like Polar Bear Paws.
These Polar Bear Paws have creeped into my Christmas box as one of my new favorites. The sweet and salty combo of the peanuts paired with the soft caramel and white chocolate (these white melting wafers work great for candy making) is a dream come true!
See’s gourmet chocolates are pricey ($23/pound for these Polar Bear Paws) so if you aren’t rollin in the dough or if you just don’t have a store in your area, you can just make them at home and for a lot less.Polar Bear Paws are quite simple to make. You just mix some peanuts with melted caramel, spoon it onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, refridgerate to let it set, and then dip it in white chocolate. These do taste best made with homemade caramel, but if you don’t have the time what you find at the store works too!
What is your favorite kind of chocolate/truffle? Is there a type of candy that you get in your stocking each year?
- 1 (11 ounce) bag Kraft Caramel Bits
- 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup peanuts (roasted and/or cocktail)
- 12 ounces vanilla almond bark
- Line a large cookie sheet with Silpat mats (or parchment paper) and grease it with butter. Set aside.
- Melt caramels with butter and cream in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring, and repeating until smooth.
- Mix in the peanuts and then let it sit in the bowl to cool for about 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
- Spoon onto the parchment in tablespoon size mounds. Place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes until set.
- Place chocolate in a bowl and melt in the microwave on low in 30 second increments and stir until melted and smooth. Dip caramel cluster in the chocolate and use a fork to remove it. Holding it over the bowl, tap the fork on the edge to let any excess chocolate drip back down. Place cluster back on the parchment lined pan and repeat with remaining clusters.
- Put the pan back in the fridge for 30-60 mintues until chocolate is set. Remove and package up.
Spread the holiday cheer with more Christmas treats!