Coconut Milk Caramels
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Alyssa K. December 31, 2015
are there any substitutes for cream of tartar?
lapetiteoccasion June 29, 2020
Honestly if you use corn syrup you don’t need cream of tarter. I may increase your corn syrup to 3/4 a cup. You don’t need butter and I’d change the coconut milk to coconut cream. This way you have a completely vegan caramel. Trader Joe’s carries organic coconut cream.
Alyssa K. December 29, 2015
can you use coconut sugar instead of cane sugar?
Laura415 December 29, 2015
Yes you can. It's a bit different with regards to moisture content and time it takes to get to temperature so keep an eye on it. It also tastes very different. Very toasty rather than pure sweet taste. I didn't care for it. I also used coconut butter and coconut oil instead of processed spread (earth balance).
Alyssa K. January 4, 2016
thanks, Laura! We made them with the coconut sugar and we LOVED it--made caramel apples.
Laura415 January 13, 2015
Just got the urge to make caramels and then wanted to try and make a dairy free version. Have to find something else to use instead of the processed spread tho. I will use honey instead of corn syrup. Honey with a little comb makes great caramels. The comb gives you caramels that are soft but solid. I think it's the beeswax. Can't wait to try them with the coconut flavors.
Brooke December 24, 2014
I used to make caramel all the time with my grandmother, we never used a thermometer. Instead we would take a glass of ice water and drop a spoon fulls of caramel in as we cooked it. When it was a texture we liked we would pull it off the stove and pour into the prepared pans. I know this isn't as accurate as having a thermometer, but it worked well for us and might be a good alternative if you don't have a thermometer. I'll be making these caramels with both thermometer and with a glass of ice water tonight & update on how they turn out. Thanks for the recipe!
Annaliese October 25, 2014
Just made these, and found that my desired caramelization temp was ~360F. I used a 50:50 blend of Earth balance and palm kernel oil for the fat. I was hesitant to use 100% Earth Balance, just for the sole purpose that the spread is specifically formulated to be very soft (i.e. makes for a very soft, hard-to-cut caramel) at room temps (~25-26.5C). I'd personally recommend using a 50:50 blend of Earth Balance with some other oil that has a more solid fatty acid profile (i.e. saturated) at room temps. Other than that, these babies are cooling, and I can't wait to cut them and ship them off to my sis for her birthday treat!
Natalie K. May 4, 2014
Hi, I know it's been a long time since this was posted, but I wonder if you think honey would work instead of the corn syrup? I am very excited to find a dairy-free caramel recipe!! Thank you!
hardlikearmour May 5, 2014
I've only made the caramels with butter, but the recipe was based on a vegan one so I assume Earth's Balance will work. The corn syrup is just to help prevent the sugar from crystallizing, and I think honey would work instead, but have never tried it.
Natalie K. May 5, 2014
Thanks so much for your reply. I can handle butter just not cream and milk so I'll use that, and will give the honey a shot!
Annaliese October 25, 2014
See my comment above regarding using Earth Balance at 100% in this formula. I do not recommend.
lapadia May 14, 2013
This is mouthwatering, love your caramels, love coconut, they are THE best ever...all flavors!!
Cookie16 December 15, 2011
My goodness these look good! I'm so glad I found these!
MaryMaryCulinary November 28, 2011
I can't wait to make these! How long do they keep, wrapped and airtight? i was thinking of sending some by post so I don't eat all 100 pieces myself!
hardlikearmour November 29, 2011
I'm pretty sure they'd last at least 2 weeks tightly wrapped. I hope you get a chance to make them!
wssmom November 12, 2011
So deserving of a CP!
hardlikearmour November 12, 2011
Thanks, wssmom! I was thinking the same thing about your black & white cookies.
gingerroot November 3, 2011
YUM! I love the idea of coconut milk caramels and am not sure how I've missed these before.
boulangere April 12, 2011
I just stumbled upon this and saved it - will try it out at work next week. Looks heavenly.
hardlikearmour April 12, 2011
Let me know how you like them! I think they are a good combo of caramel and coconut flavor, but would love your opinion on them.
aargersi December 24, 2010
Your house must smell wonderful these days with all of the caramel ... love these! I have never made caramels but it may be time to start.
hardlikearmour December 24, 2010
you should give it a go, especially if you like baking and/or chemistry & don't have ADHD.
hardlikearmour December 23, 2010
Thanks! If you try them let me know how it goes, I know caramel-making can be fussy so I would like to know if my instructions are okay!
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