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Chocolate Pecan Caramels

I haven't missed a year making this candy for the holidays since a friend gave me the recipe in 1964! It is made like a pan of upside-down bars and tastes like my favorite caramel pecan candies. We are natives of the Lone Star State who moved to Ohio when my husband was transferred several years ago. —June Humphrey, Strongsville, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 6-3/4 dozen (1-1/2 pounds)


  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Line a 13x9-in. pan with foil; butter the foil with 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle with pecans and chocolate chips; set aside.
  • In a heavy saucepan, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage).
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour into prepared pan (do not scrape saucepan). Cool completely before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 190 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 76mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • tishathomas
    Jan 18, 2019

    I haven't made these yet, but in response to cowpatty, I have made caramel many times over the years with confidence but had a fail this year. Be sure to check the boiling point on your candy thermometer before you start and then watch it meticulously for the exact temp. Not doing one of those may be a loss of expensive ingredients.

  • cowpattypd710
    Dec 14, 2012

    Cooked according to recipe, caramel was too soft when I went to cut it, so recooked and then was too hard to cut easily

  • charkim1
    Aug 28, 2012

    I've made these several times! They are so wonderful! They taste just like pecan caramel turtles! These are a big hit with everyone that I have served these too!

  • JessannB
    Dec 27, 2011

    These are wonderful! I gave them to the staff at my kids school and got many praises!

  • musicmom52
    Dec 12, 2010

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    Dec 10, 2010

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  • charkim1
    Apr 22, 2010

    This taste just like pecan caramel turtles!!! Which is my favorite candy. I make these every Christmas and they are a total hit! They're easy to make and turn out fantastic every time.

  • elliek
    Dec 12, 2009

    I make this every year for Christmas and always get compliments on it. The chocolate chips and nuts are so awesome with the carmel!!!!!!

  • Jo-Anne Hiscock
    Oct 13, 2009

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    Nov 13, 2008

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