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Wouldn’t you like to be my neighbor? For Christmas, mine are getting this delicious homemade nutty salted caramel chocolate sauce.
I like to call this gourmet-easy because it tastes like something you spent hours making from scratch. But it’s really little more than a heat-and-melt recipe, which leaves you more time for the presentation. (But that’s easy, too!)
I’m giving this chocolate sauce in miniature 4-ounce mason jars, tied with personalized ribbons and a custom label.
I’m also including a bag of dippers with the homemade sauce — Jet Puffed Marshmallows, pretzels and old-fashioned peppermint sticks. (Shortbread cookies, brownie bites and little bits of pound cake would also be good dipping options.)
You’ll find all the ingredients you need to make this chocolate sauce at Walmart.
My store has a holiday bake center in the middle of the grocery section where I found Kraft Caramels and Baker’s Chocolate.
The Planter’s pecans and dry-roasted peanuts were nearby on the snack aisle, and I also grabbed a bag of Jet Puffed Marshmallows from an endcap to serve with the sauce.
- 14 oz. Kraft Caramels or Caramel Bits
- ⅔ cup half and half
- 4 ounces Baker's semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ⅓ cup Planter's pecans or dry roasted peanuts, chopped
- Combine half and half and caramels in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat until melted, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
- When caramels are completely melted, remove from heat and stir in chocolate. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
- Add vanilla and sea salt and stir to combine.
- Pour into five 4-ounce mason jars.
- Cool slightly and add chopped nuts to the top.
- Seal with lid and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Really easy, right? Just heat and melt and pour!
Speaking of melting and pouring, my enameled cast iron sauce pan with the pour spout is my pot of choice when making homemade sauces that I want to store in mason jars. It’s so much less messy than pouring from a regular saucepan.
You can download the free printable jar labels below. I did versions for 2-inch round Avery labels, as well as 2-inch circles from OnlineLabels.com.
- Nutty Salted Caramel Chocolate Sauce Labels – Avery version – 12 per sheet
- Nutty Salted Caramel Chocolate Sauce Labels – Online Labels version – 20 per sheet
This salted caramel chocolate sauce is great served over ice cream or drizzled on whipped cream in your coffee.
Try it with fruit, cookies, pound cake and even salty potato chips. If you make this sauce, it will keep in the refrigerator for about a week — if it lasts that long!
Now, to go knock of some neighbors’ doors and wish them a Merry Christmas!
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