I am in love with these Vegan Chocolate Date Caramels. They’re crunchy on the outside and beautifully soft and slightly chewy on the inside, whilst the caramel-like sweetness of the dates and the deep flavour of the dark chocolate is perfectly complimented by the touch of sea salt.
They’re incidentally vegan and so much healthier than store-bought chocolate-coated caramels.
I find that soft, plump Medjool dates work best for this recipe, but you can use other varieties if you want. If using a slightly harder variety of date, I’d recommend you soak them overnight in water first, and then pat them dry before coating them with chocolate.
These little chocolate caramels are super simple and easy to make, and make great homemade gifts…or you could just eat the whole lot yourself.
They also taste great if you add half a teaspoon of nut butter inside the dates before coating them in the chocolate. Peanut butter or almond butter work particularly well!
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- 6 (Medjool) dates, pitted and cut in half
- 4 squares dark chocolate
- Flaky sea salt
- Melt the dark chocolate, either in a bain-marie or a microwave
- Take off the heat and dip the dates into the bowl one by one to coat them in chocolate (either do this with your hands or with a spoon and fork)
- Transfer the chocolate-covered dates onto a sheet of greaseproof baking paper
- Immediately sprinkle them with a pinch of sea salt (whilst the chocolate is still melted)
- Place in fridge for a few hours to harden