Butter Pecan Brittle-Bark

Three treats in one , this recipe for Butter Pecan Brittle-Bark has got it going on. Not just brittle and not just bark, this hybrid of a recipe is also reminiscent of the beloved turtle candy. Whip this up during the holidays and you will be the most popular guest around.

Butter Pecan Brittle-Bark

Welcome the holiday season with two sweet treats, Mocha-Flavored Truffles and Butter Pecan Brittle-Bark, everyone's sure to love
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cooling30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brittle, Butter Pecan Brittle Bark, Dessert, Pecans
Servings: 28
Calories: 175kcal



  • 1 cup Sugar 
  • 1 Stick unsalted butter (8 Tbsp.) 
  • ½ cup Water 
  • cup Light corn syrup


  • 2 tbsp. Rum
  • ½ tsp. Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Baking soda
  • ½ tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Pecan halves, toasted, divided
  • 1 tsp. Coarse sea salt, divided
  • 6 oz. Semisweet or milk chocolate chips


  • Coat a baking sheet and the back of a large serving spoon with nonstick spray.
  • Heat sugar, butter, ½ cup water, and corn syrup in a 4-qt. heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium; bring to a boil. Using a pastry brush, wipe sides of pan with warm water just above boiling mixture to melt any sugar crystals. Insert candy thermometer into pan; cook mixture, stirring gently and frequently, until light brown and 295°, about 20 minutes.
  • Off heat, stir in rum, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The mixture will foam up; stir quickly until all ingredients are incorporated. Add 2 cups pecans; stir quickly until evenly distributed.
  • Pour brittle immediately onto prepared baking sheet and spread into a smooth, ¼-inch-thick layer with prepared spoon. Sprinkle brittle with ½ tsp. salt. Drop chocolate chips evenly over brittle; let stand until softened, about 3 minutes. Chop remaining 1 cup pecans.
  • Spread chocolate over brittle using an offset spatula; sprinkle with chopped pecans and remaining ½ tsp. salt. Let candy cool completely, then break into pieces.


Per serving, Calories: 175

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories175
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 13g 20%
    • Saturated Fat 4g 20%
  • Cholesterol 9mg 3%
  • Sodium 111mg 5%
  • Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
    • Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
  • Protein 2g 4%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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