Chocolate Pecan Pralines

The popular confection is given a little twist with the addition of chocolate to the ingredients. Ingredients: 3 cups granulated sugar 1 stick butter 1 cup evaporated milk 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 1 cup pecan pieces 2 cups pecan halves Directions: 1. Combine sugar, butter and evaporated milk in a medium saucepot over a medium-high heat. 2. Bring to boil lower heat to a simmer. Add chocolate and stir constantly until temperature reaches 234 degrees on a candy thermometer. 3. Stir in vanilla and pecans. Simmer for additional minute and remove from heat. Sit for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. 4. Drop by tablespoon onto cookie sheet. Cool at room temperature. Yields 20 pralines. Recipe compliments of Chef Patrick Mould.