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Pecan Cherry Bark

I just love to make chocolates at Christmastime. This popular candy combines pecans, chocolate and cherries—it is crunchy, sweet and just plain yummy!—Sue Kauffman, Columbia City, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 4 pounds

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • 1-3/4 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 pound dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons shortening, divided
  • 1 pound milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1-3/4 cups dried cherries or cranberries

Directions

  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and spices; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Stir in pecans until coated. Spread onto foil to cool.
  • Line two 15x10x1-in. pans with parchment or waxed paper. In a microwave, melt dark chocolate candy coating and 1 tablespoon shortening, stirring until smooth. Divide between prepared pans, spreading to desired thickness. Refrigerate just until set, but not firm.
  • In microwave, melt milk chocolate candy coating and 1 tablespoon shortening, stirring to blend; spread over dark chocolate layer. Refrigerate until set, but not firm.
  • Repeat with white candy coating and remaining shortening; spread over top. Sprinkle with cherries and candied pecans, pressing to adhere. Refrigerate until firm. Break into pieces.
Nutrition Facts
1 ounce: 165 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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