These are outstanding. My only regret is that I didn't make a bigger batch.
Here is my German Holiday spin.
Chocolate Dipped Lebkuchen Caramels
2) For these lebkuken caramels I omitted the sea salt and added 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste and 2 teaspoons of lebkuken spice. I added these last. Mixing both ingredients in the last ten minutes of cooking the caramel.
3) In Germany we have these ready mixed lebkuchen spices.
The packet says the ingredients are: cinnamon, orange zest, coriander, lemon zest, star anise, fennel, mace, clove and cardamom.
A recipe for mixing your own can be found HERE. Scroll to bottom of recipe for the spice mix.
Suggestions for substituting other spice mixes like mixing Chinese 5 spice powder and with either apple or pumpkin pie spice are HERE
I pronounce them a perfect combination.