Caramel Filled Chocolates



Caramel filled chocolates – Perfect as a gift or simply an indulgent treat for yourself. Find out how to make them yourself with this step-by-step tutorial.

How to make caramel filled chocolates - Perfect as a gift or simply an indulgent treat for yourself. Find out how to make them yourself with this step-by-step tutorial.

I mentioned in my recent How to Make Easter Eggs post that I attended a chocolate making course a few weeks ago which has really captured my imagination. Since then I’ve been playing around with chocolate, figuring out what works and what doesn’t work so well. I think perhaps I’ve missed my vocation in life, I could be very, very happy working as a chocolatier (although I worry that I wouldn’t love it as much if I was making hundreds day in day out, so I think I’ll keep it as a rather delicious hobby).

How to make caramel filled chocolates - Perfect as a gift or simply an indulgent treat for yourself. Find out how to make them yourself with this step-by-step tutorial.

After going on the course I immediately went and raided the Lakeland website for some chocolate making equipment, which included some chocolate moulds.

I decided they would be perfect for some filled chocolates. A while ago I shared my recipe for caramel sauce, which I thought would make the perfect filling. I made my own caramel sauce, which can be done a week or so in advance and stored in the fridge if you want. Alternatively you could use a ready-made caramel sauce.

You can use the same steps to make all sorts of other filled chocolates, e.g. fondant or ganache. Just make sure that your filling is relatively thick, so that the chocolate won’t sink when you pour it over the top to make the base of the chocolate (this would happen if you make something like a liqueur chocolate).

How to make caramel filled chocolates - Perfect as a gift or simply an indulgent treat for yourself. Find out how to make them yourself with this step-by-step tutorial.

How to make caramel filled chocolates

What you need

Good quality chocolate – I used Choceur from Aldi for these (it tastes delicious and is really good value). However, I’ve also used Lindt and Dr Oetker Fine Cook’s Chocolate in the past which also worked very well.

To make 10 chocolates I used a 200g bar of chocolate. This is far more than you actually need (each chocolate has about 8g of chocolate in it). However, due to the way the chocolates are made it’s much, much easier to do it if you have more than enough chocolate to hand. Don’t worry, the extra chocolate won’t go to waste, you can pour the melted chocolate onto some greaseproof paper, leave it to set, then wrap it up and save it to use again another day.

Chocolate Mould

I use this square chocolate mould from Lakeland, which can be used to make 21 chocolates. They also have swirls, shells and hearts in the same range which would all work well for making these chocolates.

How to make caramel filled chocolates - Perfect as a gift or simply an indulgent treat for yourself. Find out how to make them yourself with this step-by-step tutorial.

The chocolate mould in use – chocolate shells, then filled with caramel and topped off with even more chocolate

Something to melt the chocolate in

I usually melt mine in a small saucepan directly over a very low heat. However, many websites recommend using a bain marie (chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water). You can also melt chocolate in a microwave, but it’s difficult to control the heat and ensure that the chocolate melts evenly.

If you choose to use a bain marie, then be extremely careful not to get any of the water from the pan into the chocolate, as a single drop can ruin an entire batch.

A cooking thermometer suitable for chocolate.

You need to temper the chocolate, to give it its shine and ensure it comes out of the moulds easily (don’t worry, it’s really pretty straightforward to do). I prefer to use a thermometer when I’m tempering as it takes any guesswork out and makes it highly likely you’ll get the right results every time.

I use this Thermospatula from Lakeland, which checks the temperature while you stir the chocolate (and it can be used for lots of other things too).

Bowl

To mix the chocolate in.

Piping bag

To pipe the caramel into the chocolates. You may also want to pipe the chocolate into the moulds as this is a little less messy than pouring or spooning it in.

How to make caramel filled chocolates - Perfect as a gift or simply an indulgent treat for yourself. Find out how to make them yourself with this step-by-step tutorial.

Caramel Filled Chocolates

Make approximately 10 chocolates (but you can easily increase it to make as many as you like.

Caramel Filled Chocolates

Ingredients

  • 200g milk chocolate - you won't actually need this much but it's much easier if you have more than enough chocolate
  • 25ml caramel sauce - if you're making this yourself then make sure it's cooled before filling the chocolates otherwise you'll melt the chocolate shells.

Method

    Temper the chocolate
    If you're new to tempering chocolate then I'd recommend you take a look at my guide which includes a quick video demonstration showing exactly what you need to do.
  1. Place about half of your chocolate into a small pan over a very low heat (or bain marie if you prefer) and heat the chocolate until it reaches a temperature of 45ºC – Don’t worry if not all of the chocolate has melted, it will continue to melt after it’s removed from the heat.
  2. Decant the melted chocolate into a bowl and add a piece of the unmelted chocolate you set aside before. Stir the chocolate in until it has melted.
  3. Keep adding pieces of the unmelted chocolate until the temperature of the chocolate has been reduced to 32ºC. At this point it’s ready to use.
  4. Remove any lumps of chocolate and set aside to use later - I like to put in onto greaseproof paper as then it's easy to peel off and use again (it can be difficult to remove hardened chocolate from a bowl).
  5. Fill the mould
  6. Pour the melted chocolate into the mould (or pipe if you prefer). Fill each of the squares you're using to the top. Once filled, tip the mould upside down over the bowl you stirred the chocolate in and tip out any excess - you're trying to create a hollow shell.
  7. Once the excess has tipped out have a quick check for any holes in the shells (the moulds are clear so these should be easy to spot if you hold it up to the light). If there are any holes then add in a little extra chocolate and tip again to remove any excess.
  8. Once you're happy with the shells, use a sharp knife to scrape any excess chocolate from the top of the mould.
  9. Put the mould into the fridge for at least half an hour to set.
  10. Scrape any leftover chocolate from the bowl back into the pan you used to melt the chocolate originally (this can then be used to make the base of the chocolates).
  11. If you haven't got pre-made caramel sauce then now's the time to make it. You can find the recipe here.
  12. Fill the shells
  13. Put your caramel sauce into a piping bag and make a small hole (about 2mm) in the bottom.
  14. Remove your mould from the fridge.
  15. Carefully pipe about ½ tsp of caramel sauce into each chocolate. You want to leave a gap of about 2mm at the top of each one for adding the chocolate base.
  16. Put to one side while you temper the chocolate for the base.
  17. Make the chocolate base
  18. Add about half of any unused chocolate you have in the packet to the chocolate you put back into the pan earlier and repeat steps 1-4 (above) to temper the chocolate. You can use the same bowl you used earlier even if it has some hardened chocolate in the bottom as it will melt in and help the tempering process.
  19. Once the chocolate has tempered, spoon or pipe it carefully over the top of the caramel - you want the chocolate to come above the top edge of the mould.
  20. Once all of the chocolates are covered, use a sharp knife to scrape off any excess chocolate.
  21. Put the chocolates into the fridge for at least half an hour to set.
  22. Once the chocolate has completely set, turn the mould over on a work surface and give it a pretty sharp bang against the edge of the surface (make sure your work surface is not too delicate you don't want to damage it!) the chocolates should drop out. You might need to repeat this a few times to encourage them all out. If any are being stubborn then pop the mould back into the fridge for a while longer to give them a bit more time to set.

Notes

For more homemade chocolate recipes, take a look at my HOMEMADE CHOCOLATES INDEX, including BAILEY'S TRUFFLES, CAPPUCCINO TRUFFLES and even homemade EASTER EGGS!

http://charlotteslivelykitchen.com/caramel-filled-chocolates/

How to make caramel filled chocolates - Perfect as a gift or simply an indulgent treat for yourself. Find out how to make them yourself with this step-by-step tutorial.

Caramel filled chocolates nutritional information per chocolate

caramel filled chocolates nutrition

This is the estimated nutritional information per chocolate. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

How to make caramel filled chocolates - Perfect as a gift or simply an indulgent treat for yourself. Find out how to make them yourself with this step-by-step tutorial.

 

 

19 Comments:

  1. Oh. My. Goodness. Incredible! Just like home made rolos. I’m going to have to try this one out, but with dark chocolate. Thanks so much for sharing a fab tutorial lovely 🙂

  2. Charlotte Oates

    Thanks Renee. These would also work well with dark chocolate, just remember that when you temper the chocolate you need to heat it to 48C rather than 45C suggested in the recipe for milk chocolate.

  3. Wow! These look amazing! I love how smooth the chocolate looks, and the caramel sauce just makes my mouth water. You’re going to be everyone’s favourite person if you give these away as gifts!

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks Laura. The smoothness of the chocolate is all down to tempering, if you do that then they come out beautiful and glossy.

      This time around they were a treat for me but my mum has already asked me to bring some next time I go. I want to work on more flavours so I can make a whole selection box.

  4. Drooling at the caramel oozing out of these delicious little morsels. Yum!!!!

  5. These look amazing! I quit sugar a few years ago but have a treat every so often. I think I will have to try to make these. You make preparing them look so easy!

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks. I keep thinking about trying to give up sugar but I can never bring myself to start, there’s too many things I like with it in!

      If this is your little sweet treat I really really hope you love them x

  6. These chocolates are perfectly shaped, like a professionally made chocolate! It looks delicious, especially the caramel!

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks Katy. All credit to the chocolate mould for the perfect shape. I’d really recommend it if you’re thinking of having a go.

  7. Carrie Christensen

    I used a crockpot set on high with a little water in the bottom and a glass measuring cup set in the water. I’ve been making chocolates for over 5 years and It would take a lot of convincing for me to do it any other way. Your chocolates look wonderful!

  8. Wow Charlotte! These would certainly would pass as shop bought treats, but they are so much better because you know exactly what’s gone into them. My mum has a special birthday in the next week or two, and these have caught my eye to try to make as a treat to accompany her main gifts.
    Angela x

  9. Its yummy.. But could you please post the classic home made chocoalte receipe with coco powder? I tried at home but its turning out a sticky one..hard choco bar s not forming

  10. I am a progressing home bonbon maker – very happy to have found your page – hand dipping chewy caramels is a labor – looking to pipe caramel into my molds – how would you say tempered bonbons with this sauce filling at room temperature would last? thank you!

    • Charlotte Oates

      I’d normally store mine in the fridge and then they should be fine for a couple of weeks. I suspect they’d also be OK at room temperature but personally I’d want get them eaten up in a couple of days if they’re not refrigerated.

  11. How long with these lovely little chocolates keep fir at room temp?

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