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Toasted Coconut Caramels

Makes about 5 dozen
Time 4 hr 40 min
With the rich, creamy flavor of coconut and a hint of salt, these handmade vegan candies are ideal for stocking stuffers or holiday host gifts. Making candy is all in the details, so be sure to follow the steps exactly to ensure the right texture.
Ingredients
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted
Method

Line an 8-inch square pan with 2 pieces of parchment paper, allowing it to hang generously over all sides. Place the pan on a flat, heatproof surface.

Combine coconut milk, sugar, oil, maple syrup and salt in a medium, heavy-bottomed pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. 

Clip a candy thermometer to the edge of the pot and continue to boil, stirring constantly, until the thermometer reads 250°F, about 15 minutes. 

Working carefully and quickly, stir in vanilla (it will sputter a bit).

Pour caramel evenly into the prepared pan. 

Sprinkle coconut over the top and use the back of a spoon to press it down gently. Let cool completely, about 2 hours. Refrigerate until completely firm, 2 to 3 hours.

Use overhanging parchment paper to lift caramels from the pan; peel parchment away and discard. Using kitchen shears, cut caramel into small squares and wrap individually in waxed or parchment paper, twisting the ends closed. 

For the best results, refrigerate caramels or store in a very cool spot.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted