Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

Be forewarned. These sea salt chocolate caramel candies are sinfully delicious!! They take 15 minutes to make from start to finish, and the recipe is super kid friendly. But I need to warn you that these “caramels” are totally addicting, but in a good way. Simply roll up the medjool dates into sticky little balls and dip them in this simple raw chocolate sauce, garnish with flakes of sea salt and chill until firm, and then you will swear you were eating a soft caramel “candy” from a fancy chocolate shop. I love having a bowl of these babies in the fridge for a tasty little burst of energy in the late afternoon or I often grab a couple to enjoy as a simple dessert. They remind me of a cross between “Rolos” and “Milk Duds” but are soooo much better. I love how these real food ingredients are in disguise as a naughty treat.

Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels - Insanely Delicoius! Just takes 15 minutes to make a batch of 32 candies! Raw + Vegan + Paleo  Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels - Insanely Delicoius! Just takes 15 minutes to make a batch of 32 candies! Raw + Vegan + Paleo ]Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels - Insanely Delicoius! Just takes 15 minutes to make a batch of 32 candies! Raw + Vegan + Paleo

Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels - Insanely Delicoius! Just takes 15 minutes to make a batch of 32 candies! Raw + Vegan + Paleo

Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels - Insanely Delicoius! Just takes 15 minutes to make a batch of 32 candies! Raw + Vegan + Paleo

Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels - Insanely Delicoius! Just takes 15 minutes to make a batch of 32 candies! Raw + Vegan + Paleo

These candies are as simple to make as it gets! I think that is partially why I love them so. But if you are looking for a more authentic sticky vegan paleo caramel filled chocolate recipe check out these crazy caramel filled chocolates or my raw snickers bar recipe.

Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

  1. Slice dates in half, remove pit, and roll date halves into small date balls. (Ideally you want to use big soft medjool dates often found in the produce section at grocery stores.)
  2. If using granulated pure maple sugar, (coconut sugar or date sugar) grind it to a fine powder in a coffee grinder, this takes like 10 seconds. It is also okay to use without grinding it, but the maple sugar will make a kinda gritty chocolate, though it’s still freaking delicious!! Skip this step if you are using liquid maple syrup.
  3. Melt cacao butter over a double boiler. I take a small sauce pan heat up an inch or two of water over medium heat in the pan, and create a double boiler by placing a small mixing bowl over the hot water. This double boiler will allow you to gently melt the cacao butter. (Note: be very careful not to let any drops of water get into the chocolate sauce or it will cause it to seize up = not good.)
  4. When cacao butter is melted, stir in cacao powder and maple syrup. Remove from heat.
  5. Place all 32 date balls into the chocolate sauce in the bowl. Stir date balls until they are well covered in chocolate.
  6. Spoon each chocolate covered date ball onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle a tiny pinch of flaked sea salt over each chocolate.
  7. Place in the fridge for an hour to firm up. Store chilled.

*Important Recipe Notes: I have made the chocolate coating for these candies 5 different ways. My most favorite way is with cacao butter + finely ground maple sugar as this makes a firmer chocolate that is so nice to bite into!! My second favorite method is using cacao butter + maple sugar, not finely ground. Tied for third place, I like the recipe made with cacao butter +  date sugar, OR cacao butter + liquid maple syrup. And finally the recipe totally works with coconut oil + liquid maple syrup, but the chocolate coating will be softer and melt much easier when left at room temp if you use coconut oil to make the chocolate base.

Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels - Insanely Delicoius! Just takes 15 minutes to make a batch of 32 candies! Raw + Vegan + Paleo

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Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels - Insanely Delicoius! Just takes 15 minutes to make a batch of 32 candies! Raw + Vegan + Paleo
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37 thoughts on “Sea Salt Chocolate Caramels

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment! I am currently convinced these are the BEST treats in the Paleo universe, at least for the time being. Cheers!

  1. I adore chocolate so I am delighted that you shared your healthy and delectable chocolate treats with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I am so delighted that you are partying with us! I’m pinning and sharing.

  2. HI Andrea,
    Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post to be one of my features for this weeks Real Food Fridays blog hop that goes live every Thursday @ 7pm EST. Thank you for sharing with Real Food Fridays and being part of our mission to make this a healthier world.

  3. Before going nut free on the AIP, dates filled with almond butter were my favorite treat. It looks like I have found a new favorite! Thank you for this!

    1. Hi Karen!

      I so agree nut butter filled dates are super yummy too! Especially when I freeze them and they remind me of a frozen mini candy bar. ♥

    1. Thanks Michelle! I LOVE these little “caramels”! This afternoon I made a triple batch (100 of them) to serve at my dinner party tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

  4. This recipe is absolutely delicious! I have tried making it a variety of ways. The only problem I encountered is that my chocolate seems to seize every time Mix it with the date ax which while it doest detract from their flavour, makes them look less pretty. Do you have any advise to stop this from happening?

    1. Hi Kiara!

      The only thing I know that really makes chocolate seize is water. Is there a chance a drop of water is getting into your melted chocolate? Also I would make sure you dates are totally dry too, if there is any water on the dates it can make it seize.

      You can also try adding in a little extra coconut oil to help thin the chocolate out a bit too. And you can try dipping just a few dates at a time into the melted chocolate instead of the whole batch of ’em, that might help?

      Hope you next batch goes more smoothly!
      Andrea

    2. Hi Claudia,

      You can use a milk chocolate recipe (there are tons of them out there) and dip the date balls into it. Or you can try melting down milk chocolate chips. I personally have an allergy to milk that’s why I don’t use it in my recipes.

      Cheers!

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