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Chocolate Nut Candies Recipe

I've been making these yummy candies for many years. With their three rich gooey layers, a little goes a long way. One batch is enough to please a crowd.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min. YIELD:150 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (18 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
  • 3 cups salted peanuts

Directions

  • 1. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter, stirring frequently. Pour half into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan; chill. Set remaining chocolate mixture aside.
  • 2. In another saucepan, bring butter, milk and pudding mix to a boil; boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; pour into a large bowl; add vanilla. Gradually stir in sugar. Spread over chocolate layer in pan; chill.
  • 3. Add peanuts to reserved chocolate mixture; spread over filling. Chill. Cut into 1-in. x 1-1/2-in. pieces. Yield: 12-1/2 dozen.