Assemble all ingredients and utensils before starting to cook. You will need
a large, heavy-bottomed skillet with deep sides, a long-handled metal whisk or spoon,
2 large spoons and a baking sheet coated with non-stick vegetable spray.
In skillet, melt butter over high heat, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add sugars and pecans.
Cook about 4 1/2 minutes, stirring frequently, until pecans are roasted. Stir in
cream and milk.
Cook, stirring constantly, about 8 minutes, or until small bubbles form around
edges of skillet and mixture is dark brown. Stir in orange peel and cook, stirring
constantly, about 4 more minutes, or until distinct threads form around edges of
pan and candy thermometer reads 240 degrees. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla
Immediately, and working quickly, drop a small handful of chocolate morsels onto
about a quarter of mixture, stirring quickly and just enough to coat some of chips
but not enough to allow chips to melt. Quickly spoon candy onto baking sheet, using
second spoon to push candy off other spoon. Repeat until all morsels are used. Let
Cooled pralines should be opaque and somewhat chunky and crumbly.
Store at room
temperature in airtight container or wrapped individually in plastic wrap or aluminum