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Chocolate Nut Candies

I've been making these yummy candies for many years. With their three rich gooey layers, a little goes a long way. One batch is enough to please a crowd.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    12-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
  • 3 cups salted peanuts

Directions

  • In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter, stirring frequently. Pour half into a greased 15x10x1-in. pan; chill. Set remaining chocolate mixture aside.
  • In another saucepan, bring butter, milk and pudding mix to a boil; boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; pour into a large bowl; add vanilla. Gradually stir in sugar. Spread over chocolate layer in pan; chill.
  • Add peanuts to reserved chocolate mixture; spread over filling. Chill. Cut into 1x1-1/2-in. pieces.

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