Sunday, December 16, 2012

Texas Millionaires

When I first started working at Frito-Lay back in 1990, a dear lady shared this recipe with me.  I enjoy making these yummy candies at Christmas time. When we visited our friends in Arkansas we were able to pick pecans in their pecan orchard.  When you pick pecans, you use a contraption which looks like a slinky-type roller on the bottom of a stick.  You roll this pecan picker along the ground and it picks the pecans up and traps them.  I'm telling you, it's mesmerizing to do this!!  Our friends shared their pecans with us and I wanted to use them for these candies.    Here's the recipe:

4 T. evaporated milk (or heavy cream)
65 caramel candies, unwrapped
2 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1- 8 oz. bar chocolate candy
1 T. shortening (the original recipe called for 1/4 bar of paraffin)

Combine milk (or heavy cream) and caramels in saucepan.  Heat and stir until melted and smooth.  Stir in pecans.

Drop by heaping teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheets.  Chill.

Melt chocolate with shortening.  I do this in the microwave, a minute at a time, on 50% power until smooth. 

Dip the candies in the chocolate with a fork underneath the candy.  Shake off the excess and return to cookie sheet,  Let stand to harden.

Package in airtight container.

I am sharing this with:


  1. What a great treat for the Holidays! the ingredients sound simply delicious!
    Mary x

  2. Oh My Kitty..Caramel and pecans smothered in chocolate..My doctor is not going to like

  3. Oh yum! I swear it made me want to bite the computer screen, haha

  4. Sounds like a great candy and I can only imagine how fun it must be to have a nut tree:@)

  5. These sound fantastic! I love every bit of it...caramel, chocolate, pecans! OH MY!

  6. These sounds so good! I am going to make them yup I am going to. Hopefully give them away before I eat them all. Thanks for a great post. Andi

  7. These are the kind of holiday treats my family loves, that plateful wouldn't last long!

  8. You use your microwave like I do and it saves much time. These are yummy treats. Thanks for sharing.

  9. What a wonderful recipe. Looks delicious. Come and visit us this week. We are having a terrific giveway from a very talented Southern writer.

  10. These sound wonderful! I could use some caramel in my life! These go on the list.

  11. Hi Kitty,
    I would just love your Texas Millionaires, they look awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. Texas Pecan Millionaires are about my most favorite candy on the whole planet. I love 'em.....and I am going to make these for my Christmas Eve table when my family gathers.
    Thanks...and have a wonderful Christmas.

  13. I can't tell you, Kitty, how much I like these but never thought of making them, maybe because I had no recipe. Guess I have no excuse not to try them now!

  14. Would you mind passing that plate around blogworld!! Looks wonderful! Thanks for linking up to Open House!


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