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Fruit and Nut Candy Bars

Makes: 32 servings Yield: 32 candy bars
Prep 30 mins Cook 11 mins Chill 1 hr Stand 30 mins
Fruit and Nut Candy Bars
Ingredients
  • 1/3  cup  granulated sugar
  • 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  cup  chopped nuts
  • 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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 32,
  • cal. (kcal) 201,
  • Fat, total (g) 12,
  • chol. (mg) 8,
  • sat. fat (g) 8,
  • carb. (g) 25,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • vit. A (IU) 97,
  • sodium (mg) 27,
  • calcium (mg) 10,
  • iron (mg) 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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