Mr. Wizard's Maple Nutty Bars

12 oz chocolate-flavored candy coating, cut-up
1 12-oz package butterscotch pieces (2 cups)
1 12-oz jar peanut butter (1 1/4 cups)
1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 4-serving-size package regular vanilla pudding mix
1 tablespoon maple flavoring
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 pounds sifted powdered sugar (8 to 9 cups)
3 cups salted peanuts, chopped (1 pound)

1. In a heavy medium saucepan, combine the chocolate-flavored candy coating and the
butterscotch-flavored pieces. Cook and stir over low heat till melted, or combine pieces in a microwave-safe 4-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave on 100% power (high) for 2 to 3 minutes or till melted, stirring every minute.
2. Stir peanut butter into chocolate mixture. Spread 1 3/4 cups of the mixture into a greased 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan. Refrigerate till mixture in pan is set (about 20 minutes). Set aside remaining mixture.
3.Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter or margarine. Stir in evap. milk & pudding mix. Cook & stir over med. heat till thickened (mixture may appear curdled). Stir in maple flavoring & vanilla. Stir in powdered sugar.
4. Spread over cooled chocolate mixture in pan. If necessary, re-heat remaining chocolate-peanut butter mixture to melt. Stir in peanuts. Spread over pudding. Chill to set.
5. Cut candy into squares. Makes about 6 lb. of candy.




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