Buttery Pecan Caramels

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 64 pecan halves

Directions:

  1. Line 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil, extending foil over edges. Lightly butter foil. Set aside.
  2. Combine sugar, 1 cup half & half, corn syrup and butter in 4-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 15-18 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil. 
  3. Add remaining half & half. Continue cooking, stirring often, 45-55 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 245°F or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a firm ball.
  4. Pour into prepared pan. Cover; refrigerate just 1-1 1/2 hours or until firm. 
  5. Cut into 64 pieces. Drop 1/4 teaspoon melted chocolate on top of each caramel; press pecan half into chocolate. Cover; store refrigerated.

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