Chocolate Chunk Pralines, a.k.a Crack Candy

Holiday season is in full swing and Christmas is fast approaching next week. Heres a fast a totally delicious candy that will make make you look like rock star!

While my family and I lived in Dallas I learn how to make pralines, a classic southern candy made with a similar sugar and butter base, then pecans were added.  With this recipe we’re keeping with southern roots but adding toasted hazelnuts, almonds and some sumptuous dark chocolate.

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Beautiful

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Melted butter, white sugar, with brown sugar is a great way to start any recipe.

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Hard crack stage, 275 degrees

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Almonds, hazel nuts and chocolate chunks

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The only thing hard about this is how large to make the peices.

 

Chocolate Chunk Pralines (otherwise known as Crack Candy)

1 cup hazelnuts chopped and toasted
1 cup almonds chopped and toasted
4 tablespoons water
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
10 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate

In a medium sized frypan toast hazelnuts and almonds until brown. Cool nuts and spread onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Distribute chopped bittersweet chocolate over nuts.
In a large pot combine butter, water, sugar, brown sugar and salt. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring as little as possible. Bring the mixture to a hard cracked candy stage or 275°. Add the vanilla extract and baking soda as soon as the mixture has reached 275°.  Pour sugar mixture over nuts and chocolate.
Allow the candy to cool on the baking sheet and then break in to serving pieces.
Adapted from VS in the kitchen.

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