Chocolate and Caramel Lovers: This Recipe is For You

This decadent combination of thick chocolate custard and smooth, salty caramel-peanut sauce is inspired by the candy bar, made popular in Nashville, Tennessee!

Chocolate Custard Caramel Parfaits are such an indulgent treat! They sound complicated, but by making a no-bake custard, and then layering with a store-bought caramel sauce, these parfaits will come together in under 30 minutes.

Add a dollop of homemade whipped cream, and a few shavings of quality chocolate, and everyone who tries these, will be singing your praises.

Chocolate Custard Caramel Parfaits

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, plus more, for garnish
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup caramel sauce (store-bought is fine)
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. To make the custard, in a small saucepan, combine the milk and sugar and heat until steaming and the sugar is dissolved. Put the egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually whisk in the hot milk. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over moderate heat, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, add the chopped chocolate and salt and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the butter. Pour the custard into 4 shallow bowls (or wine glasses for presentation!) and refrigerate briefly, about 10-15 minutes, to set.
  3. While custard is setting, to a small bowl, combine caramel sauce and peanuts. Mix well. Set aside.
  4. To make the whipped cream; beat cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in large bowl until stiff peaks form.
  5. Remove chilled custard from refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature, about 5-7 minutes. Spoon the peanut-caramel sauce over the custard and garnish with whipped cream and shaved chocolate. Dig right in, and enjoy!
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