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Texas Millionaires (Homemade Candy)

Sweets for your sweetie!

I discovered this recipe in a candy making book many years ago.  I couldn’t tell you the name of the thing if my life depended on it.  It SHOULD be named:


If you haven’t heard of a Texas Millionaire before, they are essentially chocolate-covered caramel pecan balls (say that five times fast!)  They’re very similar to turtles and thus, equally as addicting.

Homemade candy is so easy to make and it makes a great gift. Everyone loves something that was handmade and custom. Here’s a great opportunity to make something for someone you love.

Texas Millionaires

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yields: 2 - 3 dozen candies


  • 1 (14-ounce) package caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 8 (2-ounce) vanilla candy coating squares


  1. Spray a [heavy] saucepan with non-stick spray. Cook first three ingredients in the sauce pan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth.
  2. Once melted, stir in pecan halves. Remove from heat and cool in pan at least 5 minutes (should be a fairly pliable consistency).
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased wax paper. Chill 1 hour, or freeze 20 minutes (until firm).
  4. While the pecan caramel goodies cool, wash out the saucepan you were using. Melt the chocolate morsels and candy coating in the same saucepan on low heat, stirring until smooth (this will save you loads of cleanup later).
  5. Dip caramel candies into the chocolate sauce, allowing excess to drip, place on lightly greased wax paper. Chill 15 minutes. While these chill, clean out your saucepan.
  6. This recipe makes 2-3 dozen candies. These keep the best in the fridge. However, if you know you're having company over ahead of time, take them out a half hour before your guests arrive and these little guys will be ooey gooey on the inside by the time their grubby fingers find them.

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