How Do I Keep My Caramel From Melting
by Lesley Putnam
(West Warwick RI)
How do I keep my caramel from melting before I make my truffles?
I'm trying to make caramel maple truffles but I'm having trouble.
I froze the caramel but when I tried to roll the caramel it melted before I could dip it in chocolate!!
Should I put something in the caramel????
Caramel maple truffles sound simply marvelous! Mmmmmm. I wish you would send me some! :~)
My first question is, what kind of caramel are you using? Are you following some particular recipe, or are you using bought caramel?
You can buy really great caramel for candy making at Candyland Crafts
. They have a softer and a firmer choice available.
If you are making your own caramel and it is melting at room temperature, perhaps you didn't heat the caramel to a high enough temperature when cooking.
Usually caramel needs to be cooked to the "firm ball stage" (see candy syrup stages
). If you believe you've done that and you are still having problems, check your thermometer to see if it is accurate.
Here's a good salted caramel recipe
if you (or another visitor) needs one.
You may be able to salvage your current caramel concoction by slowly reheating it and bringing it up to a higher temperature. If necessary, add a little cream to loosen it up, but not too much or it will take you that much longer to get it back up to the desired temperature.
Looking forward to hearing how it all turns out!
By the way, I went to college (Hyles-Anderson College) with a Lesley Putnam. That wouldn't be you would it? :~)