Chocolate Chip Pecan Bread Pudding by Nancy Coco

8 cups cubed bread (Choose French read or premium white bread)
6 eggs
1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
¾ cups brown sugar, packed
½ cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 cup chocolate chips

In a large bowl, beat eggs until fluffy. Blend in the sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla until well combined.

Fold in bread cubes, pecans, and chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 13- x 9-inch baking pan and allow to sit for 30 minutes so that the bread absorbs the egg mixture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake 40-45 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven. Cool for 5 minutes.
You can serve this warm or refrigerate and serve cold. Enjoy!



The annual yacht race off the coast of Mackinac Island, Michigan, is a highlight of the summer season, and Allie is pulling out all the stops making chocolate centerpieces for the occasion. Unfortunately, she and her bichonpoo, Mal, also pull a dead body from the murky waters of the marina. When Allie’s boyfriend’s sister becomes the prime suspect, Allie dives into investigating the murder herself. Amid bitter feuds and hushed-up scandals, the courageous candymaker quickly gets in over her head. Someone is trying to fudge the facts to keep a secret worth killing for. . .


Nancy Coco is the byline chosen by popular author Nancy J. Parra for use exclusively with the Candy-Coated Mysteries series. In her day job Nancy is a marketing communications manager with degrees in engineering, journalism and a MA in Writing Popular Fiction. Nancy has published in cozy mystery, romantic suspense, and sweet western historical romances.
An Air Force veteran who rose to the rank of sergeant, Nancy is a member of an on-line group of female veterans who are authors—“Military Women Who Have Turned Sword to Pen.” The group’s website is

Nancy is also a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She has given workshops on a number of writing topics and enjoys doing author panels at fan conferences such as Malice Domestic and Bouchercon. She lives in California with her dog—a bichonpoo affectionately known as Little Dog on Nancy’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Check out Nancy’s website at

The author will donate a portion of her earnings from this book to the ASPCA®. Learn what you can do to help at