Tempering is the heating-and-cooling process that stabilizes chocolate, making it satiny and snappy when broken. Chocolate can only be tempered once; pour the leftover tempered chocolate from this recipe onto a baking pan to harden, then store and use as baking chocolate.
Chewy caramel, toasted pecans, bittersweet chocolate -- you'd be hard-pressed to find a store-bought version that's as superlative as this easy homemade rendition. Did we mention the rum? Get our packaging how-to for the Pecan Clusters.
For popping kernels, follow instructions on package, or use 12 cups plain popped microwave popcorn (without salt or butter). Also, try substituting other types of dried fruit and nuts for the raisins and peanuts.