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Salted Caramel Macchiato Candy

I only recently discovered the joy of the Salted Caramel Macchiato at Starbucks (yes, I know I’m a little behind the times).  I love it iced on a hot day.  Decaf because of nursing the little one.  I order it skinny when I’m feeling fat and full fat when I’m feeling skinny.  It’s not a complicated drink but there is something about richness of the caramel and the hidden gems of salt that make me forget just a little bit about the craziness of the day.
The same thing happens when I eat these little nuggets.  They are sweet, silky, with a kiss of coffee and salt.  They are slightly chewy but will not pull out your fillings.  Pure joy.
Salted Caramel Macchiato Candy
adapted from Annie’s Eats
1 cup heavy cream
5 tbsp. unsalted butter
½ tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp espresso powder
1¼ tsp. fleur de sel or kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
1½ cups sugar
¼ cup light corn syrup
¼ cup water 

1.  Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.  Lightly butter the parchment.

2.  In a small saucepan, whisk together the cream, butter, vanilla extract, espresso powder and salt.  Heat over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.  Remove from the heat and set aside .

3.  In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water.  Heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved.  Boil, without stirring until the mixture is a light golden caramel color, swirling the pan every once in a while to prevent burning.

4.  Carefully stir the cream mixture into the sugar mixture.  Stir carefully and constantly as it will boil up.  Clip on a candy thermometer and continue cooking until the mixture registers 248˚ F.  

5.  Remove from the heat and pour into the prepared pan.  Let cool for 30 minutes, then sprinkle with additional salt.  Continue to let sit until completely cooled.  

6.  Cut into 1-inch pieces with a sharp buttered knife or pizza cutter.  Wrap the individual caramels in small pieces of wax paper, about 4-inch squares.

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