Cherry Mountain Candy Squares
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- butter (for greasing foil)
- 2 c
- granulated sugar
- 2/3 c
- evaporated milk
- 1/2 c
- 2 c
- miniature marshmallows
- 1/4 tsp
- kosher salt (i used regular salt with good results)
- 10 oz
- package cherry-flavored chips (or 10-oz package white/vanilla baking morsels and 1/2 ounce cherry extract and 3 to 4 drops of red food coloring)
- 1 tsp
- vanilla extract
- 10 oz
- package milk chocolate chips
- 3/4 c
- smooth peanut butter
- 1 1/4 c
- salted peanuts, finely chopped (i prefer hazelnuts)
- 1 Tbsp
1Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil (leaving 1 1/2 inches on edges for easy removal). Lightly butter the foil; set aside.
2In large saucepan, combine sugar, milk, 1/2 cup butter, marshmallows and salt. Bring to boil over medium heat; boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
3Add cherry chips (or vanilla chips, cherry extract and red food coloring) and stir until chips are melted. Remove from heat, then add vanilla. (Taste mixture and if you like, you can add a little extra cherry extract and a few more drops of red food coloring for a deeper red shade and a bolder cherry taste.) Stir until mixture is smooth. Pour into prepared pan. Set aside.
4In 4-cup measuring dish, melt chocolate chips in microwave oven on High for 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir until melted. (Be very careful, as chocolate will burn easily.).
5Stir in peanut butter, chopped peanuts, and 1 tablespoon butter, mixing well. Spread chocolate mixture evenly over top of the cherry layer.
6Allow to sit at room temperature until completely set and firm.
7Once set, lift candy from pan using foil edges, and place on cutting board. Cut into 1-inch squares. Store in cool place.