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Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Nougat

With crunchy peanuts and fluffy marshmallow creme, these sweet sensations are great to include on a holiday dessert tray or to give as gifts. I swirl in green and red food coloring for a festive touch. —Emily Hanson, Logan, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 20 min. + standing
  • Makes
    about 4-1/2 pounds (about 150 pieces)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) dry roasted peanuts
  • 3 jars (7 ounces each) marshmallow creme
  • 2-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2-1/4 cups corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 1-1/2 pounds dark or milk chocolate candy coating, melted

Directions

  • Line a 15x10x1-in. pan with foil, letting ends extend over sides by 1 in.; grease foil with 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle peanuts evenly into pan.
  • Place marshmallow creme in a large heatproof bowl. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Using a pastry brush dipped in water, wash down the sides of the pan to eliminate sugar crystals. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 280° (soft-crack stage), about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; cool 2 minutes. Pour over marshmallow creme (do not scrape saucepan). Stir in cubed butter, vanilla and salt. Immediately pour over peanuts in pan, spreading evenly. Let stand at least 3 hours or until set.
  • Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Gently peel off foil. With a greased knife, cut candy into 1-in. squares.
  • Dip candy into melted candy coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; refrigerate until set. Store between layers of waxed paper in airtight containers.
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