Sunday, December 8, 2013

Chocolate Billionaires

If you only make one type of candy this year, make THIS!  They were easy to make and taste great.  We love the crunch.  Caramels now come in 11 oz. packages, so we measured out 3 more ounces from another package.
Chocolate Billionaires
Taste of Home

1 package (14 ounces) caramels
3 tablespoons water
1-1/2 cups chopped Diamond of California® Pecans
1 cup crisp rice cereal  Beth added another 1/2 c
3 cups milk chocolate chips
1-1/2 teaspoons shortening

Line two baking sheets with waxed paper; grease the paper and set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the caramels and water; cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Stir in pecans and cereal
until coated. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto prepared pans. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until firm.

Meanwhile, in a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip candy into chocolate, coating all sides; allow excess to drip off. Place on prepared pans. Refrigerate until set.

 Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2 pounds.

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