Butter Pecan Brittle-Bark

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Butter Pecan Brittle-Bark

Three treats in one , this recipe for Butter Pecan Brittle-Bark has got it going on. Not just brittle and not just bark, this hybrid of a recipe is also reminiscent of the beloved turtle candy. Whip this up during the holidays and you will be the most popular guest around.

Makes

28 servings (1¾ lb.)

Total Time

1–1½ hours

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Ingredients

HEAT:

OFF HEAT, STIR IN:

Instructions

Coat a baking sheet and the back of a large serving spoon with nonstick spray.

Heat sugar, butter, ½ cup water, and corn syrup in a 4-qt. heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium; bring to a boil. Using a pastry brush, wipe sides of pan with warm water just above boiling mixture to melt any sugar crystals. Insert candy thermometer into pan; cook mixture, stirring gently and frequently, until light brown and 295°, about 20 minutes.

Off heat, stir in rum, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The mixture will foam up; stir quickly until all ingredients are incorporated. Add 2 cups pecans; stir quickly until evenly distributed.

Pour brittle immediately onto prepared baking sheet and spread into a smooth, ¼-inch-thick layer with prepared spoon. Sprinkle brittle with ½ tsp. salt. Drop chocolate chips evenly over brittle; let stand until softened, about 3 minutes. Chop remaining 1 cup pecans.

Spread chocolate over brittle using an offset spatula; sprinkle with chopped pecans and remaining ½  tsp. salt. Let candy cool completely, then break into pieces.

Because the baking soda will cause the sugar to foam up, be sure to use a long-handled, heatproof spatula.

Because the baking soda will cause the sugar to foam up, be sure to use a long-handled, heatproof spatula.

Package stacks of candy in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon for perfect gifts from your kitchen.

Package stacks of candy in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon for perfect gifts from your kitchen.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 175

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 13g 20%

Saturated Fat 4g 20%

Cholesterol 9mg 3%

Sodium 111mg 4%

Carbs 15g 5%

Fiber 2g 8%

Protein 2g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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