Harry Potter Cookbook:
- Title: Chocolate Caramel Filled Pumpkins
- Yield: 8-10 small pumpkins
- There are multiple Harry Potter-related recipes posted under my ‘hp cookbook’ tag.
- Image and recipe source are the same.
- 14 ounces milk chocolate
- 1 (13.4 ounce) can Dulce de Leche (caramel)
- 12 ounces orange or white confectionery coating / Candy Melts
- optional: orange, red, green candy coloring
- optional: Lorann Pumpkin Oil (pumpkin pie flavored oil)
Special Supplies Needed:
- baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat
- Finely chop milk chocolate. Open can of Dulce de Leche.
- Melt milk chocolate and allow it to cool to about 91 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir in Dulce de Leche.
- The mixture will get very thick, but you need to make sure all of the caramel is mixed into the chocolate, so use your hands if needed. Once well mixed, wrap it in plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. When you unwrap it, knead it in your hands until smooth, about 30 seconds.
- Divide the caramel modeling chocolate into 8-12 pieces. reserving about a heaping tablespoonful for the pumpkin stems.
- Roll into balls. Flatten slightly and make an indentation in the center. Use a knife to cut grooves starting at the indentation and going all the way around to the opposite side. Use the back of the knife to widen the groves for a more defined pumpkin shape.
- Divide the reserved modeling chocolate into 8-12 pieces and roll them into short logs for the pumpkin stems.
- Pour confectionery coating into a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 40 seconds. Stir, even though the wafers will not look like they’ve melted at all. Heat for 30 seconds on high, then allow it to sit in the microwave for one to two minutes. Remove and stir vigorously. Heat again for 10-15 second increments, stirring after each, until melted. Every microwave is different, but be careful to go slowly as the candy can burn easily.
- If you want deeper colored pumpkins, add some orange candy coloring. For a true pumpkin color, add a drop of green and a drop of red. Add more as needed until you get the desired shade. You can change the color as you work, so that you have pumpkins with different shades of orange.
- Now is also the time to add Pumpkin oil, if you’d like. Add a few drops, then taste. Add more until you like the flavor.
- If your candy coating gets a bit too thick, add some paramount crystals, vegetable oil or coconut oil to thin it out.
- Once your candy coating is melted, you are ready to dip you chocolate caramel pumpkins. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat, non-stick liner.
- To ensure a nice coating on the bottoms of your chocolate caramel pumpkins, I suggest you spread a layer of the candy coating on the bottoms before you dip them. Just be sure you only cover the flat surface, or your pumpkins wont have a natural look to them.
- Drop one chocolate caramel pumpkin into your orange coating. Use a fork to press the pumpkin down into the candy coating. Completely submerge the pumpkin in the coating.
- Use the fork to lift the pumpkin out of the candy coating.
- Tap the fork on the side of the bowl several times until the excess candy coating falls off the pumpkin. Be sure the indentation is apparent; you might need to put your finger in it and push the candy coating out
- Set the candy coated pumpkin on your lined baking sheet. Allow the fork to slide out from under the pumpkin. Smooth out any rough spots made by the tines of the fork.
- Press one stem into the indentation. Repeat until you have half of your pumpkins completed. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes until the candy coating is set.
- Reheat your candy coating for 10-15 second increments, stirring after each until melted and fluid again. Continue dipping the remaining chocolate caramel pumpkins and adding the stems. Chill in refrigerator until set.