Valentine's Day Caramel Gift Bag

Valentine Caramels

Give sweets to the sweet on Valentine's Day with these chewy caramel treats. Made with crisp rice cereal, butterscotch morsels and candy coating. These easy confections are sure to become a fast favorite. Spray paint a doily on a paper sack, add a bow and you have the perfect homemade gift.

Butterscotch-Caramel Chewies

1-14 ounce package caramels
3-tablespoons water
1-1/2-cups coarsely chopped pecans
1-cup coarsely crushed rice cereal
6-ounces butterscotch chips
6-ounces vanilla candy coating
2-teaspoons vegetable shortening

Step 1...
Place caramels and water in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir until caramels melt.
Remove from heat and stir in pecans and cereal. Drop by rounded teaspoons of mixture onto a baking sheet
lined with lightly greased waxed paper.

Step 2...
In a heavy medium saucepan, melt butterscotch chips, candy coating and shortening over low heat.
Remove from heat ( if mixture starts to harden, return to heat).
Dip candies in the butterscotch mixture and place on waxed paper. Chill until set. Store in an air tight
container in a cool place.

Makes about 5-1/2 dozen candies (5 gifts)

To make each lacy bag;
You will need a white lunch bag, 8 inch paper doily, pink spray paint, floral motif sticker for tag, pink felt
tip pen with medium point, 1/2-yard each of 3/4 inch wide white and pink sheer ribbons, hole punch,
newspaper, and white tissue paper to line the bag.

Step 1..Place flattened bag front side up on newpaper.

Step2...Center the doily on the bag with doily extending about 1/2 inch beyond the bottom of bag.

Step 3...Lightly spray front of bag pink; remove doily.

Step 4...Trim top edge of bag close to the edge of stenciled doily.

Step 5...For tag, cut a 1-3/4 x 3-1/4 inch paper piece with rounded corners from cut away portion
of bag. Attach sticker to tag. Use the pink pen to write " Happy Valentine's Day on tag. Punch a hole
in corner of tag near the top of bag. Thread ribbon lengths through holes and tie into a bow, trim ends.

Step 6...Line bag with tissue paper, add candy and your gift or gifts are made.

Tip; A heart shaped sticker can be used also.