Chocolate Billionaires

Finished Candies
  The Betty Crocker Gifts from the Kitchen has a recipe for Chocolate Billionaires. They looked like they would be similar to a turtle candy which Bettie”s daughter counts as her favorite candy. 
  My thought was these would make a great gift for her. My daughter and granddaughter were coming over to help make candy so I would have some help doing them.
  I didn't try them, but granddaughter did and gave them a two thumbs up rating. I thought they were very easy to make. Be sure you use a nonstick pan to melt the caramel in. I did that and it was no problem to clean afterwards.
  As usual when dipping candy into chocolate, be sure your chocolate is melted and not too hot. You can always warm it if it becomes too stiff. Melted centers are not fun to work with. We thought the crisp rice cereal in this recipe tasted somewhat like a Nestle’s bar and kept the caramel from becoming too stiff. 
   A good gift to give and easy to make and clean up afterwards.
Chocolate Billionaires
1 14 ounce bag caramels unwrapped
3 tablespoons water
1 ½ cups chopped toasted pecans
1 ¼ cups crisp rice cereal
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips 18 ounces (I used milk chocolate)
2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
  Line 2 cookie sheets with wax paper or parchment paper.
In a 4 quart heavy saucepan, heat caramels and water over low heat; stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in pecans and cereal until coated. Roll mixture into 1 inch balls, placing on cookie sheet.
  In a bowl over simmering water, melt chocolate chips and shortening. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Dip the caramel balls into the chocolate and replace on the parchment paper. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes. Then store tightly covered at room temperature.
PER SERVING: (1 candy) Calories 124, Total fat 7 g,, Total Carbohydrate 16 g.,  
EXCHANGES; 1 other Carbohydrate, 1 fat; Carbohydrate Choices 1

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