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Chocolate Billionaires

 Chocolate Billionaires
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
32 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 ounce equals 172 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 51 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.