Pecan Delights

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
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By Tammy Raynes
from Natchitoches, LA

Everyone loves chocolate-covered turtles. This recipe is even tastier than the store-bought candies and well worth the time in the kitchen. A staple nut of the south, Pecans are grown here close to me at the Little Eva Plantation. At the holidays I always make up some goodies for friends, employees, and such and this is one item that I end up putting in the goody bag along with some Popcorn Caramel Crunch (see recipe).

serves 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 c
    packed brown sugar
  • 1 c
    butter or margarine
  • 1 c
    light corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp
    salt
  • 1 can
    (14-ozs) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 lb
    whole pecans
  • 1 c
    semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c
    milk chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp
    shortening
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How To Make

  • 1
    In a large saucepan, combine the first four ingredients. Cook over medium heat until all sugar is dissolved. Gradually add milk and mix well. Continue cooking until a candy thermometer reads 248 degrees (firm-ball stage).
  • 2
    Remove from heat; stir in vanilla until blended. Fold in the pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Chill until firm. Loosen from paper.
  • 3
    Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler. Drizzle over each cluster. Cool.

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