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Classic movie candy, made vegan!

Posted by kellypeloza from Chicago, Illinois, United States • Published See kellypeloza's 7 projects »

  • Step 1

    Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside. Combine all ingredients (except vanilla, chocolate, and shortening) in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a low boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.

  • Step 2

    Cook the mixture to firm ball stage, 248°F. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can test for soft ball stage by dropping a spoonful of caramel into a glass of cold water. If it holds its shape and produces a squishy ball, it’s at soft ball stage. Cook for a 2-4 minutes longer to achieve firm ball stage.

  • Step 3

    Remove from heat and continue stirring until the mixture stops bubbling. Stir in vanilla.

  • Step 4

    Drop about half teaspoon portions of caramel onto the lined cookie sheet until all the caramel is used up (or pour leftovers into a large mass, sprinkle with salt, and cut into salted caramels!). While the caramel is still hot, it will probably flatten into discs.

  • Step 5

    As the caramel cools, you can roll the discs into balls if you’d like. They don’t have to be perfect; they’re called Milk Duds for a reason.

  • Step 6

    When the caramel is completely cool, dip them in chocolate. Melt the chocolate and shortening together in the microwave or on the stove using a double boiler method.

  • Step 7

    Dip the caramels in the chocolate, remove with a fork, and place back on the parchment-lined cookie sheet to cool. Repeat with all the caramels.

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