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Monday, December 2, 2019

Caramel and Cashew Bear Paws Candy

Soft delicious caramel, salty cashews and a delicious coating of milk chocolate come together to make these fun bear paw candies. They are simple to make, cute and oh so tasty!

inside of bear paw candy with soft caramel showing and cashew claws


Cute and absolutely delicious, these bear paws are just begging you to make them. They are loaded with chewy caramel, crunchy cashews and coated in milk chocolate.  Don't be surprised if they become your new favorite candy. Luckily they are easy to make, so whip some up today!


We are in prime candy making season right now.  Homemade candies make a perfect gift for friends and neighbors.

saucepan filled with melted caramel and cashew pieces


Of course candy makes a perfect addition to your dessert spread as well.  These cute bear paws will be at home on your Christmas treat trays, but would really be fabulous any time of the year.

One of the things I love most about them is how balanced they are. They are sweet and a bit salty. They are chewy and a bit crunchy. Each ingredient and texture compliments the next wonderfully.

caramel and cashew mounds ready to be dipped in chocolate


The best part is they are relatively simple to make. Start by melting some chewy caramel candies with a bit of butter and cream.

The addition of butter and cream helps to give you that extra soft, gooey and chewy center. It makes for an excellent mouthfeel while still getting all of that wonderful caramel flavor.

The cashews bring both depth of flavor and a crunchy salty kick to the party.  I used the roasted and salted cashews that you find by the dry roasted peanuts etc. in the grocery store.

Once that is all mixed up, let it set for a few minutes to thicken back up.  If you try to scoop it too soon it will spread out on you.  Slightly cooled caramel will give you a little more height to your finished paws.

milk chocolate covered caramel and cashew bear paw candies


Now it is important to get that caramel nice and set before you try to dip it.  This will make everything much easier.

So freeze them for at least 10 minutes.  Longer is fine too, but don't try to rush it.

When the caramel is frozen, it will release from the wax or parchment paper much easier.  Plus it will hold its shape while you coat it in chocolate.

pulling soft caramel center in broken cashew bear paw candy


Work quickly to coat them in chocolate and add the cashew claws. You will find two things if you don't work quick.

The first is the chocolate sets quickly on the cold caramel, so you want to get the cashew claws on before it sets. The second is as the caramel starts to warm up, it is much harder to get off the wax paper.

Don't let that deter you from giving these a go, they are still quite simple to make.  I am just trying to help you avoid frustration!

soft caramel center of milk chocolate covered cashew bear paw candy

Once the chocolate is completely set on the finished bear paws, you can remove them from the wax paper and store them in whatever container you like. They store well at room temperature and the caramel center is more fun to eat at room temperature as well.

Chocoley Chocolate was nice enough to send over a tub of their delicious caramel and some of their Bada Bing Bada Boom dipping formula milk chocolate.  This made making the candy extra easy and delicious for several reasons.

First their caramel is super delicious. Plus it comes in a tub so you don't have to unwrap a ton of caramel candies. Of course you could go that route if you are in a hurry and don't have a tub on hand.

hand holding bear paw candy with soft caramel center showing


Their chocolate is wonderful too. It is a high quality compound chocolate, so you can use it without tempering the chocolate.  Plus it is ethically sourced and tastes amazing. The dipping formula is made just for this sort of application, so it is the right consistency without having to add anything additional.

Of course there are several easy variations you could do on these fun bear claw candies. You could use white chocolate to make them polar bear claws or dark chocolate to make them black bear claws.

You could also use the same basic recipe and vary the nuts you use to make a variety of flavors. Use pecans for a delicious turtle candy or peanuts would be lovely as well.

milk chocolate covered caramel and cashew bear paw candies

A double boiler is a perfect method to melt chocolate for dipping a variety of cookies and candies. Here are some tips for using a double boiler:

  • Make sure the bottom of the double boiler doesn't touch the water below.
  • Low and slow is the name of the game, the water should be steamy but not really boiling.
  • Water is the enemy here, so make sure no steam or other water touches your chocolate as it melts.
  • Once the chocolate is melted, you can turn the burner off. The residual heat from the hot water will help keep the chocolate warm without having to dodge the steam. 
  • If you don't have a double boiler, you can use a metal or glass mixing bowl on top of a saucepan. You get the same effect and the same rules apply.

If you are looking for more fun and easy candy recipes, you may also like:



Do you have any must have candies you make for the holidays? Tell me what your favorites are in the comments and then give these a go!



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Yield: 24 servings
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Caramel and Cashew Bear Paws Candy

Caramel and Cashew Bear Paws Candy

Soft delicious caramel, salty cashews and a delicious coating of milk chocolate come together to make these fun bear claw candies. They are simple to make, cute and oh so tasty!
prep time: 25 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 40 M

ingredients:

  • 16 ounces chewy caramel candy
  • 3 Tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cups salted cashews, roughly chopped
  • 16 ounces milk chocolate
  • 72 whole cashews for garnish

instructions:

How to cook Caramel and Cashew Bear Paws Candy

  1. Line a cookie sheet or two with wax paper or parchment paper. 
  2. In a medium saucepan, slowly melt together butter, cream and caramel over low heat. Stir it frequently until it can be stirred smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in chopped cashews.  Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes or until slightly thickened. 
  4. Scoop a Tablespoon or medium cookie scoop worth of caramel mixture onto the wax or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Continue scooping bits of caramel onto the sheets, leaving room in between until the caramel mixture is all used.
  5. Place sheet pans into freezer for at least 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, melt milk chocolate in a double boiler.
  7. When the caramels are frozen, they should pull off the wax paper easily.  Dip each one in the melted milk chocolate, using a fork to make sure they are completely covered.  Tap the fork on the edge of the pan a couple of times to help extra chocolate run off and then place back on wax paper.  
  8. Quickly place three cashews into chocolate to form bear claws.
  9. Continue until all candies are dipped.
  10. Allow to set completely and then store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to serve. 
Calories
260.08
Fat (grams)
14.44
Sat. Fat (grams)
5.91
Carbs (grams)
30.17
Fiber (grams)
1.04
Net carbs
29.13
Sugar (grams)
22.83
Protein (grams)
4.41
Sodium (milligrams)
150.49
Cholesterol (grams)
9.05

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Soft delicious caramel, salty cashews and a delicious coating of milk chocolate come together to make these fun bear paw candies.  They are simple to make, cute and oh so tasty!

Shared at The Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

3 comments:

  1. Yum! Gimmie those cashews! That nut is the BEST with caramel and chocolate.

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  2. Oh, I cannot wait to get my paws on these! They're a blend of my favorite flavors. Thank you soooo much for posting the recipe, and for all the hard work you put in to make your website so wonderful! We absolutely love you! :o )

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  3. I love your Caramel and Cashew Bear Paws Candy! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,461!
    Miz Helen

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