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Old-Time Butter Crunch Candy

 Old-Time Butter Crunch Candy
Both my children and my grandchildren say the season wouldn't be the same without the big tray of candies and cookies I prepare. This one's the popular part of that collection. We love the nutty pieces draped in chocolate.
16 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + cooling Cook: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1-1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups finely chopped toasted almonds
  • 8 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each)

Directions

  • Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil; set aside. Using part of the
  • butter, grease the sides of a large heavy saucepan. Add remaining
  • butter to saucepan; melt over low heat. Add sugar, corn syrup and
  • water. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer
  • reads 300° (hard-crack stage).
  • Remove from the heat and stir in almonds. Quickly pour into the
  • prepared pan, spreading to cover bottom of pan. Cool completely.
  • Carefully invert pan to remove candy in one piece; remove foil.
  • Melt half of the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl;
  • spread over top of candy. Let cool. Turn candy over and repeat with
  • remaining chocolate; cool. Break into 2-in. pieces. Store in an
  • airtight container. Yield: about 2 pounds.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 ounces) equals 375 calories, 26 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 137 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.