black pepper and bourbon caramel chews

prep time:  tbd
cook time:  tbd
servings:  50 pieces

2 cups sugar
2 cups heavy cream
6 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons bourbon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons black pepper

1.  line an 9-inch square baking pan with parchment and coat with cooking spray.  in a medium heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, combine sugar, cream, honey, bourbon and salt.  clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pot.  cook mixture, stirring frequently, until it reaches 245 degrees, 15 - 30 minutes, depending on the size of the pot.  quickly stir in butter and pepper.

2.  pour mixture into prepared pan.  let cool completely until it is set to a semi-firm consistency, about an hour.  cut into 50 rectangular pieces and wrap in parchment paper, cellophane or other candy wrappers, twisting ends to seal.

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