Chocolate Billionaires Recipe
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Chocolate Billionaires Recipe

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I received this recipe from a friend while living in Texas. When we moved, I was sure to take the recipe with me. Everyone raves about these chocolate and caramel candies. —June Humphrey, Strongsville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 3 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 ounce-weight: 172 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Line two baking sheets with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the caramels and water; cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Stir in pecans and cereal until coated. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto prepared pans. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until firm.
  2. Meanwhile, in a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip candy into chocolate, coating all sides; allow excess to drip off. Place on prepared pans. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2 pounds.
Originally published as Chocolate Billionaires in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p92

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audrey39 User ID: 4709620 240906
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"Positively delicious. I used a Silpat instead of waxed paper and used chocolate disks instead of chocolate chips and shortening. It is a keeper."

jp86983 User ID: 8537193 239873
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"Very good. Agree with others who said to make small, they are rich. Made to send to family and all loved them. Thanks!"

lvlinda User ID: 2678839 236350
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"I made these several years ago and misplaced the recipe. Boy, am I glad to see it again. They were the hit of my cookie/candy trays and I look forward to surprising many friends with their return."

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 218553
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2015

"This is the Best chocolate candy for 2014 * Everyone loved these rich, crunchy treats. Super easy to make. This recipe will adorn my Candy tray each year ! Delish. I elected to drizzle the chocolate across the small candy treats instead of dunking. It gave them a real nice Look. And everyone got a peek at the Inside, cause it was just as good as the Outside.

Yes think small.

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 214895
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"Absolutely delicious. These are everything you want in a candy. I did take the advice of one of the reviewers and made them a bit on the small side. It turned out to be the perfect bite when I did this. I will definitely be making these again-and again."

Tiffany284 User ID: 8141221 214633
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"easy to make and delicious! I dipped mine in chocolate almond bark and they were well received."

bethmetherd User ID: 8098477 207268
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"Can these be frozen? If so, for how long? I'm starting my Christmas baking & candy making now."

SuSey22 User ID: 1214956 135646
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"I wanted a chocolate treat for a retirement party at work....these were easy, Love the pecan/chocolate combo! A big hit w the office ! I did make them small and after dipping them in the choc. mix I drizzled white chocolate across some of the candies, and added choc. sprinkle to some to "fancy" them up a little."

fnstlug User ID: 3658849 153810
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"Tasty and easy. Sometimes I leave out the pecans for my nut-haters or switch up the kind of chocolate or even use milk chocolate almond bark, always delish. My one tip is to make them really small, smaller than you think, straight from the pot. They get a lot bigger after you add the chocolate, and the big ones really give your jaw a workout."

klandrews84 User ID: 7066576 60122
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2014

"Very good and very easy to do"

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