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Chocolate-Dipped Lavender Pine Nut Brittle

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.

Makes

3 pounds

Take a trip to the south of France with is uniquely flavored brittle. It makes a lovely addition to any candy spread.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Chocolate-Dipped Lavender Pine Nut Brittle Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4-1/2 cups pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Grease two 15x10x1-in. pans with melted butter; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook without stirring over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 230° (thread stage). Carefully add pine nuts; cook and stir constantly until mixture reaches 300° (hard-crack stage).
  3. Remove from the heat; stir in the softened butter, baking soda, vanilla, lavender and salt. Immediately pour into prepared pans. Spread to 1/4-in. thickness. Cool before breaking into pieces.
  4. In a microwave, melt chocolate coating; stir until smooth. Dip each candy piece halfway into the melted chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper and let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

2 ounces: 390 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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