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Caramel Cashew Clusters

 Caramel Cashew Clusters
Several years ago, a co-worker came across candies like these in a store and asked if I could make them. After some trial and error, I came up with a winning recipe. —Karen Daniels, Jefferson City, Missouri
24-30 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped, divided
  • 1 cup salted cashew halves
  • 28 caramels
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • Line baking sheets with waxed paper and butter the paper; set aside.
  • In a microwave, melt 1 pound of candy coating; stir until smooth.
  • Drop by scant tablespoonfuls onto prepared pans. Let stand until
  • partially set, about 3 minutes. Top each with six or seven cashews.
  • Let stand until completely set.
  • In a small heavy saucepan, combine caramels and cream. Cook and stir
  • over low heat until melted; stir until smooth. Spoon over cashews.
  • Reheat caramel over low heat if it thickens. Melt remaining candy
  • coating; spoon over caramel. Let stand until set. Yield: 2-1/2
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 228 calories, 13 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 57 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.