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Millionaire Clusters Recipe

Of the 35 kinds of candy I make each Christmas, this is by far the favorite of family and friends. These treats taste like a million bucks!—Theda Andres, Appleton, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min. + standing YIELD:84 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 cup butter, divided
  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound milk chocolate candy coating, melted

Directions

  • 1. Grease four baking sheets with 2 tablespoons butter; set aside.
  • 2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the milk, sugars, corn syrup, salt and remaining butter. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage), stirring occasionally.
  • 3. Remove from the heat. Stir in pecans and vanilla. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Let stand until set.
  • 4. Drizzle melted candy coating over clusters; chill for 10 minutes or until set. Store in airtight containers. Yield: 7 dozen.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 127 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 30 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.