Recipe courtesy of Teresa Shurilla

Chewy Salted Caramel and Hazelnut Ganache Bon Bons

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 25 large or 40 small bon bons
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Ingredients

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 teaspoon kosher salt

4 ounces white chocolate

Hazelnut Chocolate Ganache, recipe follows

1/2 cup chocolate crisp pearls

16 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, for dipping

Hazelnut Chocolate Ganache:

1 cup heavy cream

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate

1/2 cup hazelnut praline (peanut butter will work as well)

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

Directions

Special equipment:
candy thermometer and silicon candy mold
  1. In a 1-quart saucepan, mix together 1/4 cup water and the sugar. Place over medium heat and be sure to clean the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in water, to avoid causing sugar crystals, which will affect the final caramel.
  2. Heat up the cream either in a small saucepan or in the microwave in a microwave-safe container. Once the caramel turns a light amber color, slowly pour in the hot cream. Add the butter and salt, and stir until the butter melts. Once everything is incorporated, cook until a candy thermometer reads 120 degrees F. Pour the caramel over the white chocolate. The heat of the caramel will melt the chocolate. Pipe the caramel when it's hot into silicon molds. Then refrigerate and freeze before you place these on the Hazelnut Chocolate Ganache.
  3. Pop the frozen caramel right on top of the Hazelnut Chocolate Ganache coins while they're still warm. Sprinkle with the crisp pearls. You are now ready to dip into chocolate.
  4. To finish the bon bons, melt and temper the chocolate. Dip the caramels in the chocolate and let sit until chocolate sets.

Hazelnut Chocolate Ganache:

  1. In a small 1-quart saucepan, bring the cream to a boil. Meanwhile partially melt the chocolate and when the cream comes to a boil, pour this over the chocolate. Before you start to mix, add the praline and the corn syrup. Gently mix until the mixture is homogenous. Let mixture cool until it thickens; it will be easy to pipe out of a disposable pastry bag. Pipe into discs, the size of a quarter. 
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