Coconut Cashew Pralines

This homemade candy, which is nice at Christmas, is quick to prepare.

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Servings: 60
Yield: 60 candies
Prep Time: 15 mins
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    granulated sugar
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    packed brown sugar
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    half-and-half or light cream
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    3   tablespoons 
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    lightly salted roasted cashews
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    flaked coconut, toasted*

Butter the sides of a 2-quart heavy saucepan about 7 inches in diameter.** In saucepan combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, and half-and-half. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Clip a candy thermometer to side of pan. Reduce heat to medium-low; continue boiling at a moderate steady rate, stirring occasionally, until thermometer registers 234 degree F, soft-ball stage (16 to 18 minutes).
Remove saucepan from heat. Add butter, but do not stir. Cool, without stirring, to 150 degree F (about 30 minutes).
Remove thermometer from saucepan. Stir in cashews and coconut. Beat vigorously with a clean wooden spoon until mixture just begins to thicken but is still glossy (about 3 minutes).
Working quickly, drop candy by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let stand until firm. Store tightly covered for up to 1 week. Makes about 60 candies.
  • *Toasting Coconut: Spread the coconut in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until light golden brown, watching carefully and stirring once or twice so the coconut doesnt burn.
  • ** A saucepan with a smaller diameter will not allow the proper evaporation needed in candy making.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 83, Fat, total (g) 4, chol. (mg) 3, sat. fat (g) 2, carb. (g) 12, pro. (g) 1, vit. A (IU) 49, sodium (mg) 23, calcium (mg) 10, iron (mg) 0, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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