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Go Nuts! Coconut Caramels

 Go Nuts! Coconut Caramels
"I got this recipe from a cooking show on TV, but made some adjustments to suit our tastes. We make this candy every Easter, and many more times per year." - Deanna Polito-Laughinghouse, Raleigh, North Carolina
32 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 5 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 24 caramels
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flaked coconut, divided
  • 1/2 cup white baking chips
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts

Directions

  • Line an 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan with foil and grease the foil with
  • butter; set aside.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the caramels, 3/4 cup coconut,
  • baking chips and peanuts. Microwave on high, uncovered, for 1
  • minute; stir. Cook, uncovered, 30-60 seconds longer or until
  • caramels are melted; stir to combine. Press into prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle with remaining coconut. Cool.
  • Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Discard foil; cut candy into 1-in.
  • squares. Yield: about 3/4 pound.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 70 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 38 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.