Sweet & Salty Chocolate Caramel Nut Clusters
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 90
 
A holiday candy recipe for entertaining.
Ingredients
  • 2½ Cups unsalted Pecans
  • 2½ Cups lightly salted whole cashews
  • 2 Cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Cup light corn syrup
  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz. milk chocolate chips
  • 1 Cup (2 Sticks) Unsalted Butter (not margarine)
  • 1 tsp. shortening
  • 1 tsp. caramel extract
Instructions
  1. Line several cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Toast the pecans in a skillet over medium heat for several minutes. Stir frequently. This whole process will take less than 5 minutes. Stay with it, they burn easily.
  3. Arrange pecans onto the parchment paper in clusters of three.
  4. Arrange 4 or 5 whole cashews onto parchment paper in small clusters
  5. Time to make the Caramel
  6. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  7. Add the brown sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk stirring constantly
  8. Reduce the heat and continue to stir until it reaches Soft-ball stage between 234°-240°
  9. Remove from heat and stir in the caramel extract
  10. Drizzle the caramel over the prepared nuts
  11. Melt the milk chocolate chips in the microwave at 30 second intervals stirring after each interval
  12. Add the shortening to the melted milk chocolate and stir to dissolve
  13. Carefully pour the melted chocolate on top of the caramel covered nuts.
  14. Allow the chocolate to set.
  15. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe by Intelligent Domestications at https://intelligentdomestications.com/2017/12/sweet-salty-chocolate-caramel-nut-clusters.html