Sunday, March 13, 2016

Caramel Pretzel Bites


2 tsp. butter, softened   *   1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
 4 cups pretzel sticks   *   1/8 tsp. salt  
2 ½ cups pecan or almond, toasted and coarsely chopped
1 tsp. vanilla extract   *   2 ¼ cups packed brown sugar
1 pkg. (11 ½ oz.) milk chocolate chips   *   1 cup butter, cubed
1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. shortening, divided   *   1 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup white baking chips

Line a 13x9 inch pan with foil; grease foil with softened butter.  Spread pretzels and nuts on bottom of prepared pan.
In a large heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, cubed butter, corn syrup, milk and salt; cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 240 degrees (soft-ball stage).  Remove from heat.  Stir in vanilla.  Pour over pretzel mixture.
In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and 1 Tbsp. shortening; stir until smooth.  Spread over caramel layer.  In microwave, melt baking chips and remaining shortening; stir until smooth.  Drizzle over top.  Let stand until set.
Using foil, lift candy out of pan; remove foil.  Using a buttered knife, cut the candy into bite-size pieces.

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