Friday, August 10, 2018

Caramel Filled Chocolate Clam Shells With Candy Pearls

School may have already begun, but it is still Summer and I'm not ready to let it go!!

We have just recently returned from a trip to St. Augustine. It is such a pretty and unique beach town and of course we visited the Fountain of Youth. I got one hilarious video of my hubby drinking from that famous fountain! Does it really make you look younger? Well, let's just say, the jury is still out on that one!😛

We made another couple of beach trips earlier this with the kiddos and grandkiddos to Destin, and our anniversary trip to Cape Cod and Nantucket. That's where the idea for these chocolate clam shell candies came from.

I found the cutest little trinket bracelet in Destin with a clam shell and pearl! I thought, how sweet would it be in sugar form?!

Then, upon check-in to Union Street Inn, they had an adorable box of anniversary candies waiting for us!
There were these teeny little adorable chocolate whales. Well, I had to check out the candy shop that they came from, so we took a walk over and found all kinds of delightful and yummy candies. I fell in love with their chocolate and caramel oyster shells with candy pearls! 

So here we go..making them with the clam shell molds!
A candy pearl surprise! 
Here are the items needed to make the clam shells. I haven't bought ready-made caramels in a while since I like homemade better. But I wanted these to be super easy. If you'd like to try my homemade caramels recipe, you can click on the link.
I used these chocolate molds with six 3 inch shells that I found on Amazon.
After melting the chocolate candy wafers on the stove-top over low heat, I used a food only paintbrush to fill in the chocolate molds. 
Add a little more melted chocolate into each mold and refrigerate till candy is set.
Gently turn candies out onto parchment paper.
I dusted my candy shells with gold pearl dust. I think I went a little overboard.
Less is more!
Caramel! Oh this is gettin' good!

I used about one caramel for each shell. I placed six caramels in a small microwave-safe dish, added a dash of heavy cream, and melted in 30 second increments on defrost power. It took about 45 seconds total.

Spoon a little dollop of melted caramel into chocolate shell.

Mmm...this combo!
Spoon a little more melted chocolate over the caramel, add a sprinkling of sea salt and plop on the candy pearl!
Oh yeah, baby!😋
My sweet inspiration..which just so happens to be the name of the candy shop on Nantucket!
I shouldn't have used the first shell i looks kinda rough. But you get the idea!
We so enjoyed our time here in Nantucket. Biking to the beach, sailboating into the sunset, and of course eating! Here we are celebrating our anniversary at Galley Beach. They had a lovely table set up for us inside, but then I saw these set up on the beach!
It was so cold, but they gave me a blanket and I sure used it!

Let's just keep on celebrating this sweet summer, Karen 😊