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Butter Almond Crunch

 Butter Almond Crunch
I always draw rave reviews for this buttery, melt-in-your-mouth candy. From the coconut bottom layer to the chocolate drizzled on top, it's a winner all year-round.
32 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons plus 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • Line a 13x9-in. pan with foil. Grease the foil with 1-1/2 teaspoons
  • butter. Spread coconut evenly into prepared pan; set aside.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, water and corn syrup. Bring to a
  • boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add remaining butter;
  • cook and stir until butter is melted. Continue cooking, without
  • stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack
  • stage). Remove from heat. Stir in almonds. Pour over coconut. Cool.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Drizzle over
  • candy; cool until firm. Remove from foil and break into pieces.
  • Store in airtight containers. Yield: About 1-1/4 pounds.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 101 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 38 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.