Chocolate Billionaires are full of crispy, crunchy caramel goodness surrounded by a chocolate coating. One taste, and you will agree that the name is totally appropriate!
Some years ago, I came across a recipe for chocolate billionaires. From what I remember, it was in some sort of a pamphlet. The recipe looked good and also easy, so I gave it a try. That was the first of many times that I’ve made the chocolate billionaires for the holidays.
Through the years, I’ve been told by a lot of people that the chocolate billionaires are a favorite candy. Who wouldn’t go crazy over crispy, crunchy caramel goodness covered in chocolate? I typically close my eyes to savor the first bite!
I use the following ingredients to made these extraordinary confections: They’re really not a lot of ingredients: Caramels, water, rice krispies, toasted pecans and chocolate coating.
Making Chocolate Billionaires:
For the first step in making the chocolate billionaires, I add the caramels and water to a heavy saucepan. Next, I melt the caramels over medium low heat. Once the caramels are fully melted, I add the rice krispies and pecans, and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon to fully incorporate everything.
Then, I use a small ice cream scoop to portion out the candy onto parchment lined baking sheets. Because the candy is quite sticky at this point I use parchment paper. I could also use a well buttered piece of waxed paper. Without the parchment paper, i would have a sticky mess.
With the ice cream scoop, i end up with rounded pieces of candy. I prefer a less round candy, so after it has cooled a bit, I flatten each piece of candy with my hand.
Next comes the time consuming part – the dipping of each piece of candy in chocolate. When I first started making the chocolate billionaires, I used chocolate chips melted with a little shortening for the coating. Now, I use Ghiradelli Dark Melting Wafers. I’ve tried different techniques for actually dipping the candy. I keep coming back to the use of a toothpick to actually hold the candy and another toothpick to help remove the coated piece of candy. I don’t worry too much about the candy being totally covered at first because it’s easy enough to finish off the top with a bit more of the coating.
Is the effort worth it? Absolutely! I usually end up with about 4 dozen incredibly delicious little morsels.
I generally package these by first putting them in individual mini muffin papers, and sealing three in a clear food grade polypropylene bag. Chocolate billionaires are one of my most requested holiday treats. Yum!