Royal Almond Christmas Bars
From the kitchen of sandra_m_r
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Contains nuts, Good for parties/potlucks
2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1 pinch salt
2 egg whites
2/3 cup almonds
2 tablespoons water
24 ounces milk chocolate chips
Lightly grease a 9 inch square baking pan.
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/2 cup water.
Bring to a boil and add salt.
Heat to 270 to 290 degrees Fahrenheit (132 to 143 degrees Celsius), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard, but pliable threads.
While the syrup is cooking, beat the egg whites in the metal bowl of an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. When the syrup is ready, set the mixer to low speed, remove the syrup from the heat, and pour it into the egg whites in a thin stream, blending continuously.
Continue to mix until the nougat begins to thicken to the consistency of a soft dough, about 20 minutes.
Mix in almonds and press nougat into prepared dish.
Chill in refrigerator until firm, about 30 minutes.
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the caramels with water.
Pour melted caramel over nougat.
Chill in refrigerator 30 minutes.
Cut the chilled candy into 14 oblong bars with a sharp knife.
In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate until melted.
Stir occasionally until chocolate is smooth.
Dip bars into melted chocolate, let cool 2 hours on wire rack or waxed paper.
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