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Crunchy Peanut Butter Candy

Anyone who likes peanuts will love this sweet treat that's packed full of them. After breaking the pan of cooled candy into pieces, I finish with a simple but festive drizzle of melted chocolate.—Connie Pietila, Houghton, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3-1/2 pounds

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 2-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups salted peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • Grease a 15x10x1-in. pan with butter; set aside. Combine the peanut butter, peanuts and vanilla; set aside.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage). Immediately stir in peanut butter mixture and baking soda. Spread into prepared pan. Cool completely.
  • Break candy into pieces. Melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Drizzle over candy. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 158 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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