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Pecan Delights

 Pecan Delights
A relative visiting from Oklahoma brought these and the recipe with her. Who can resist rich chewy caramel over crunchy pecans drizzled with sweet chocolate? These candies have become a holiday favorite to both make and eat! -Linda Jonsson, Marion, Ohio
48 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 1 hour + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 pounds whole pecans
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the first four ingredients. Cook over
  • medium heat until all sugar is dissolved. Gradually add milk; mix
  • well. Continue cooking until a candy thermometer reads 248°
  • (firm-ball stage).
  • Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla until blended. Fold in the
  • pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased or parchment-lined
  • baking sheets. Chill until firm. Loosen from paper.
  • Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Drizzle
  • over each cluster. Cool. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 255 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 71 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.