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Walnut Caramel Treats

 Walnut Caramel Treats
Better than visions of sugarplums, these triple-decker treats feature creamy caramel and nuts sandwiched between milk chocolate layers - a candy lover's dream come true!
28 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/3 cup butter, divided
  • 2 packages (11-1/2 ounces each) milk chocolate chips, divided
  • 4 tablespoons shortening, divided
  • 2 packages (14 ounces each) caramels
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 cups chopped walnuts

Directions

  • Line an ungreased 9-in. square pan with foil and grease the foil with
  • 2 teaspoons butter; set aside.
  • In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt one package of chips and 2
  • tablespoons shortening; stir until smooth. Pour into a prepared pan.
  • Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, combine
  • the caramels, water and remaining butter. Cook and stir until
  • caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in walnuts. Pour
  • over chocolate layer. Refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  • In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt remaining chips and
  • shortening. Spread over caramel layer. Cover and refrigerate for at
  • least 2 hours or until firm.
  • Using foil, lift candy our of pan. Discard foil; cut candy into
  • squares. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 4 pounds.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1-1/2 each) equals 232 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 69 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.