Cappuccino Pecan Nuggets

Treat family and friends to these delectable truffle-like candies—they're as fancy as those you'll find at the candy shop!

  • Prep Time 50 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 36

Ingredients

1/4
cup packed brown sugar
1
tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder or granules
2/3
cup sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
12
oz vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), chopped
12
caramels, unwrapped
1/4
cup semisweet chocolate chips
1
tablespoon whipping cream
72
large pecan halves (about 1 1/2 cups)
10
to 12 oz milk, semisweet or dark chocolate, or vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), chopped
3
tablespoons shortening
Unsweetened baking cocoa or additional instant espresso coffee powder or granules, if desired
  • 1 Line 8- or 9-inch square pan with foil, leaving 1 inch of foil overhanging at 2 opposite sides of pan; spray foil with cooking spray.
  • 2 In 2-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, 1 tablespoon coffee powder and the condensed milk to boiling; remove from heat. Stir in candy coating until melted. Pour into pan. Refrigerate uncovered about 30 minutes or until firm. Using foil, lift mixture from pan; place on cutting board. Peel off foil. Cut into 6 rows by 6 rows.
  • 3 In 1-quart saucepan, heat caramels, chocolate chips and whipping cream over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is melted and smooth. Refrigerate uncovered about 15 minutes, stirring once or twice, until mixture holds its shape and is cool enough to handle.
  • 4 Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. For each nugget, roll 1/2 teaspoon caramel-chocolate mixture into ball; press between 2 pecan halves and flatten slightly. Shape 1 square coffee mixture evenly around pecan cluster; roll between hands to form ball. Place on cookie sheet. Refrigerate about 15 minutes or until firm.
  • 5 Line cookie sheet with foil. In 1-quart saucepan, melt chocolate and shortening over low heat, stirring constantly. Dip 1 nugget at a time into chocolate mixture. Place on cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle cocoa or coffee powder over some of the nuggets. Drizzle remaining melted chocolate over some of the nuggets, if desired. Refrigerate about 10 minutes or just until set. Serve at room temperature. Store tightly covered at room temperature.
 

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Candy
Calories
170
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
4 1/2g,
4 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
30mg
30%;
Total Carbohydrate
19g
19%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
17g
17%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.