Baby Ruth Candy Bar (Nestle)
1/4 c whole milk
5 unwrapped caramels
1 T light corn syrup
1 t butter
1/4 t vanilla
1/8 t salt
1 1/4 c powdered sugar
20 unwrapped caramels
1 1/2 t water
2 c dry roasted peanuts
1 12-ounce bag milk chocolate-chips
1. Combine all ingredients for the centers, except the powdered
sugar, in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir often as the caramel slowly melts.
When the mixture is smooth, add 3/4 cup of powdered sugar. Stir. Save the
remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar for later.
2. Use a candy thermometer to bring the mixture to exactly 230 degrees, stirring often,
then turn off the heat.
3. When the temperature of the candy begins to drop, add the remaining 1/2 cup
powdered sugar to the pan, then use a hand mixer on high speed to combine. Keep
mixing until the candy cools and thickens and can no longer be mixed. That should take
a minute or two.
4. Let the candy cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it can be touched. Don't let
it sit too long -- you want the candy to still be warm and pliable when
you shape it. Take a tablespoon-size portion and roll it between your palms
or on a counter top until it forms a roll with the width of your index
finger, and measuring about 4 1/2-inches long. Repeat with the remaining center
candy mixture and place the rolls on wax paper. You should have 8 rolls. Let the center
rolls sit out for an hour or two to firm up.
5. Combine the 20 caramels with the 1 1/2 teaspoons of water in a small saucepan over
low heat. Stir often until the caramels melt completely, then turn off the heat. If you work
fast this caramel will stay warm while you make the
6. Pour the peanuts onto a baking sheet or other flat surface. Using a basting brush and
working quickly, "paint" a coating of caramel onto one side of a center roll. Quickly turn
the center over, caramel-side-down, onto the peanuts and press gently so that the