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Crunchy Peanut Butter Candy

 Crunchy Peanut Butter Candy
Anyone who likes peanuts will love this sweet treat that's packed full of them. After breaking the pan of cooled candy into pieces, I finish with a simple but festive drizzle of melted chocolate.—Connie Pietila, Houghton, Michigan
56 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 2-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups salted peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • Grease a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with butter; set aside. Combine
  • the peanut butter, peanuts and vanilla; set aside.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water;
  • bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook, without
  • stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack
  • stage). Immediately stir in peanut butter mixture and baking soda.
  • Spread into prepared pan. Cool completely.
  • Break candy into pieces. Melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth.
  • Drizzle over candy. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3-1/2
  • pounds.
Nutritional Facts: 1 ounce equals 158 calories,

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Crunchy Peanut Butter Candy (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 116 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 starch.