Chocolate Toffee Crunch Squares
2 packages (11.5 oz. each) milk chocolate chips 1 cup Toffee Bits 1 cup salted peanuts 1 cup halved pretzel sticks 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes, optional 1/2 cup white chocolate chips 1 teaspoon shortening(do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil) Paper candy cups, optional
Line 9-inch square pan with plastic wrap. Place chocolate chips in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at HIGH an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating just until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Immediately add toffee bits, peanuts, pretzels and coconut, if desired; stir to coat.
Spread mixture into prepared pan; cover with plastic wrap or foil. Refrigerate 45 minutes or until firm.
Place white chips and shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at HIGH an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating just until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Using fork, drizzle white chips mixture over chocolate mixture in pan. Cover; refrigerate 5 minutes or until firm.
Bring to room temperature. Remove chocolate mixture from pan and place on cutting board, top side up; discard plastic wrap. Cut into 1-1/2 inch squares. Place each square in a candy cup, if desired. Store in covered container in a cool place.
About 3 dozen squares.
CHOCOLATE TOFFEE HAYSTACKS: Prepare chocolate mixture as above. Instead of spreading into square pan, drop chocolate mixture by slightly heaping tablespoons onto wax paper-lined cookie sheet or tray. Refrigerate until firm. Melt white chips as directed above; drizzle over haystacks.