Fruit and Nut Candy Bars

  • Makes: 32 servings
  • Yields: 32 candy bars
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 11 mins
  • Chill: 1 hr
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Fruit and Nut Candy Bars
Ingredients
1/4
cup half-and-half or light cream
1/4
cup butter
1
3 ounce package cream cheese, softened
2
cups sifted powdered sugar
1
cup chopped mixed dried fruits
1/2
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2
pounds dipping chocolate or confectioners coating
Directions
  1. Line an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Butter the foil; set pan aside.
  2. In a heavy 2-quart saucepan combine the sugar, light cream, and the 1/4 cup butter. Cook over medium heat to boiling, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. This should take about 8 minutes.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over the entire surface. Remove pan from heat. Add cream cheese; stir until smooth. Add powdered sugar, dried fruits, nuts, and vanilla; stir until well combined. Spread mixture into the prepared pan. Chill about 1 hour or until firm. When firm, use foil to lift candy out of pan; cut candy into 2x1-inch rectangles.
  4. Melt the dipping chocolate or confectioners coating. Carefully dip the rectangles, one at a time, into the melted chocolate. Let excess coating drip off rectangles. Place the dipped rectangles on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper until dry. Store tightly covered in refrigerator. Makes 32 candy bars.
From the Test Kitchen

Up to 1 week ahead prepare candy bars. Store in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container.

Nutrition Facts (Fruit and Nut Candy Bars)
    Per serving:
  • 201 kcal cal.,
  • 12 g fat
  • (8 g sat. fat,
  • 8 mg chol.,
  • 27 mg sodium,
  • 25 g carb.,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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