Jody Suggests Mocha Caramels

Here’s a great mocha recipe that makes enough to keep and some to share!

Mocha Caramels

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter

2 squares (2 ounces) unsweetened chocolate

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup light cream or half-and-half

1 cup light-colored corn syrup

2 Tbsp instant coffee crystals

Directions

1. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Butter the foil; set pan aside.

2. In a heavy 3-quart saucepan melt the 1/2 cup butter and unsweetened chocolate over low heat. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, cream, corn syrup, and coffee crystals; mix well. Cook over medium-high heat to boiling, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugars. This should take 6 to 8 minutes. Avoid splashing mixture on sides of pan. Carefully clip candy thermometer to side of pan.

3. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thermometer registers 248 degree F, Firm-ball stage. Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over the entire surface. Reaching firm-ball stage should take 45 to 55 minutes.

4. Remove saucepan from heat; remove candy thermometer from saucepan. Quickly pour the caramel mixture into the prepared pan. When caramel is firm, use the foil to lift it out of the pan. Use a buttered knife to cut the candy into 1-inch squares. Wrap each piece in clear plastic wrap. Makes 81 pieces or about 2-1/4 pounds. May be made ahead of time – store in a cool dry place in a tightly covered container.

Jody Tries Coffee-Toffee Cake

Here’s a quick dessert that will Wow! your friends for the holidays…..

Coffee-Toffee Cake

ingredients

1/4 cup instant coffee granules or crystals

1/4 cup boiling water

1 box white cake mix

1 cup water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 container vanilla frosting

1/4 cup caramel topping

3 bars (1.4 oz each) chocolate-covered English toffee candy, coarsely chopped

directions

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (325 F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom and sides of 13×9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray. In small bowl, dissolve coffee granules in boiling water.

2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, 1 cup water, the oil, eggs and coffee mixture with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally (batter will be lumpy). Pour into prepared pan.

3. Bake as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

4. In medium bowl, mix frosting and caramel topping. Frost cake with frosting mixture. Sprinkle with toffee candy. Store loosely covered at room temperature. Enjoy with your favorite coffee!