I feel a bit like I cheated. That’s how easy these amazing caramel candies are. I had some leftover caramel squares from when I made this trifle, and I wanted to make some type of candy with them. As soon as I looked over my shoulder and saw the bottle of peanuts, I knew what would be perfect.
These candies are crazy easy and super delicious. All you need to do is melt the caramel and throw in the peanuts. Let it set in the fridge and cut into squares. I mean it really doesn’t get any simpler than that. These need to be stored in the fridge, otherwise they get really sticky. I decided to wrap them in wax paper to help keep their stickiness to a minimum.
The mix of peanuts and caramel remind me of a Pay Day. There’s no nougat, but it’s not really needed as the caramel is sweet enough. Besides it sticking to everything, these were fun to make. The only other candy that I’ve made was truffles for Christmas a few years back (before I started blogging). These were a lot less work. I’m just going to chill out with some t.v. and a few of these for the evening!
Peanut Caramel Candies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Makes: about 50 candies
1 (11 ounce) bag of caramel 2 tablespoons of water 1 cup of peanuts
1) Over medium high heat melt the caramel and water together until the caramel becomes a bit thin. 2) Add the peanuts to the caramel and stir until they are all covered. 3) Place a not stick mat or parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and pour the caramel peanut mixture onto the cookie sheet. Place in the refrigerator for about an hour to harden. 4) Take the caramel out of the refrigerator and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into bite sized pieces. If the caramel becomes too sticky to work with, place back in the fridge for about 20 minutes. 5) If you want, cut roughly 2 x 2 inch squares of wax paper. Wrap the candies in the squares and twist the ends to seal.