May 15, 2009, Newsletter Issue #292: Easy Microwave Candy

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Youīre not gonna believe how easy and fantabulous these are; some of you know them by Texas Millionaires and some by Turtles. Whatever you call them, your friends and family will call you for more!! This is a recipe of a friend from the former Themestream days, Belinda Mooney.

Yield: about 16 (little more if made smaller)
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups pecan halves
28 caramels (unwrapped)
2 tblsp whipping cream*

Microwave half the chips in a glass bowl at HIGH for 1-1/2 minutes, stir after 1 minute. Remove from oven and stir until smooth; cool until slightly thickened. Drop
chocolate onto a waxpaper-lined baking sheet, smoothing into 16 ea. 1-1/2" circles. Reserve remaining chocolate. Arrange 4 pecan halves on to each circle (to look like turtle legs :o); chill until firm.

In another glass bowl put caramels and cream; microwave at HIGH 2 minutes or until caramels are melted; stir after 1 minute. Let stand 4 minutes or until slightly thickened. Spoon caramel mixture evenly over pecans. Microwave remaining chocolate at HIGH 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds (you might want to add a drop or two of cream to make smooth); quickly spread over caramel mixture. Refrigerate until firm. In colder weather, you can cover with wax paper and firm naturally.
P.S. hide some away for yourself...before they are all eaten!!!

Note: *You can substitute milk or even water for the cream...but why not be decadent and use cream ;o). Also, be sure the bowl for melting caramels is large enough, the caramel mixture could bubble over.

For more of Belindaīs recipes, check out my links...herīs is "Dinnerīs In The Freezer"...

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