Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Nutty Nog Caramels for #foodieextravaganza

   
Welcome to the Foodie Extravaganza
v. December 2014 = an Eggnog Par-tay

We are a group of bloggers who love to blog about food!  Each month we will decide on an all-famous National Monthly Food Holiday in which we will base our recipes around. This month the ingredient is eggnog. Get excited!! We hope you all enjoy our delicious eggnog treats this month and come back to see what we bring for you next month.  If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza.  We would love to have you! If you're a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE.



As I wrote: this month the ingredient is Eggnog!  These yummy recipes will be the perfect thing to bring to your family gatherings and work parties this holiday season.

Enjoy these 18 Eggnog Recipes!

Gingerbread Eggnog Cookies - A Day in the Life on the Farm
Nutty Nog Caramels - Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Eggnog Rice Pudding - The Joyful Foodie 
Peppermint Eggnog Hot Chocolate - Trial and Eater
Eggnog Chocolate Chip Cake - Fearlessly Creative Mamas
Eggnog Cookies - Sew You Think You Can Cook
Fruity Eggnog Bread Pudding - Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Chewy Eggnog Cookies - We Like to Learn as We Go
Eggnog Waffles and Syrup - Making Miracles
Eggnog Pound Cake with Eggnog Glaze - Food Lust People Love 
Eggnog Kringel - Passion Kneaded
Banana Chocolate Chip Eggnog Coffee Cake - The Sweet {Tooth} Life
Eggnog Cupcakes - Baking in Pyjamas
No-Bake Eggnog Cookies - Rhubarb and Honey
Eggnog Mexican Flan - Pantry Friendly Cooking
Eggnog Fudge - Mrs. Penguin
Eggnog Creme Brulee - The Freshman Cook

Nutty Nog Caramels


Ingredients

  • 2-3/4 C organic granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C (1 stick) butter
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 2 C eggnog
  • dash ground nutmeg


Procedure
Line a baking pan with parchment paper; coat well with melted butter.

Place all ingredients in a heavy, deep-sided saucepan; attach a candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly.


Lower heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 245 degrees F. (These actually turned out to be pretty soft. I think I'd cook them to 248 degrees F next time.)

Immediately pour caramel mixture into prepared pan; cool and refrigerate for 3 hours or more, until completely firm.


Lift caramel slab from prepared pan. Using a long knife, trim the edges off the caramel slab to create straight edges. Then slice into 2"-wide strips.


Cut into 1/2" to 3/4" wide pieces.


Wrap each piece individually in waxed paper to keep them from sticking.


That's it. The nog flavor was not as pronounced as I had hoped. But it was still delicious.

18 comments:

  1. I love caramels and I have made caramel sauce but have never tried caramel candies...this recipe may change that. Thanks Cam.

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    1. Yes, do, Wendy! I think I would cook till 248 degrees F next time. These were a little soft.

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  2. Oh my, think of all the egg nog I've wasted by just drinking it when I could have made caramels.

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  3. Oh those look absolutely AMAZING. I have 2 small cartons of eggnog in my fridge still - I know what 2 cups of them are going towards! :)

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    1. Thanks, Rebekah. Yes...definitely give these a try and let me know how it goes.

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    2. These are cooling in the refrigerator now - fingers crossed! I've never made caramels before, but we LOVE them so I really hope I didn't screw this recipe up!

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  4. Eggnog caramels are genius! I love these, Camilla! I have a real weakness for caramel of any kind, but these look truly special.

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  5. I love this idea for a homemade gift!

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  6. Ohh, I love homemade caramels, last time I made caramels I kind of made something more akin to a brick :) I will have to give these a try!

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  7. I love caramels but with added eggnog I think I'd love them even more!

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  8. What a fantastic idea! I'll have to save this recipe for the next time I'm feeling brave in the kitchen. :)

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  9. I love eggnog! These caramels look great!

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