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Pecan Cherry Bark

 Pecan Cherry Bark
I just love to make chocolates at Christmastime. This popular candy combines pecans, chocolate and cherries—it is crunchy, sweet and just plain yummy!—Sue Kauffman, Columbia City, Indiana
128 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • 1-3/4 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 pound dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons shortening, divided
  • 1 pound milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1-3/4 cups dried cherries or cranberries

Directions

  • In a large skillet, melt butter; add the brown sugar, nutmeg and
  • cinnamon. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved,
  • about 3 minutes. Add pecans; toss to coat. Transfer pecan mixture to
  • a foil-lined pan. Cool completely.
  • In a microwave, melt dark chocolate candy coating and 1 tablespoon
  • shortening; stir until smooth. Spread into a waxed paper-lined
  • 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan.
  • Melt milk chocolate candy coating add 1 tablespoon shortening; stir
  • until smooth. Spread over dark chocolate layer. Repeat with white
  • candy coating and remaining shortening. Spread over milk chocolate
  • layer. Sprinkle with sugared pecans and cherries; press down gently.
  • Let stand until set. Break into pieces. Yield: 4 pounds.