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EASY CHOCOLATE NUT CLUSTERS – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

EASY CHOCOLATE NUT CLUSTERS - Butter with a Side of Bread


Chocolate Nut clusters are a fun & simple holiday treat! Salted Nuts covered in rich chocolate cooled & set into perfect candy clusters for gift trays!

Easy Chocolate Nut ClustersThese super easy, bake-free little treats are the perfect addition to any Holiday Party or gift tray. Use them in your next cookie exchange or simply dress them up in a gift box and deliver to family and friends for the holidays. Everyone will enjoy the thoughtful gesture and these delicious chocolate clusters.

What Are Chocolate  Nut Clusters?

They’re exactly that! A handful of mixed nuts tossed together in melted chocolate and then scooped into little mounds to harden. Tasty chocolate covered mixed nuts are a fun way to enjoy a salty and sweet treat.

Easy Chocolate Nut ClustersNut Cluster Ingredients

Chocolate Chips: You want to use 1 package of milk chocolate chips, but other chocolate varieties can be used for a change of flavor.

Semi Sweet Baking Chocolate: This is the bar of chocolate in the baking aisle, not the baking cocoa. You want 4 ounces (about half a bar) to help deepen the chocolate flavors.

Oil: Using 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or even shortening will help to melt the chocolate down so that it’s nice and creamy.

Mixed nuts: Use your own selection of your favorite nuts, salted or unsalted to get a treat you know you’ll like! You’ll need two cups worth!

Easy Chocolate Nut Clusters ingredientsHow to Make Chocolate Salted Nut Clusters using a Double Boiler

Make a double boiler for melting the chocolate by taking a saucepan and bringing 2 quarts of water to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Place a glass bowl of the same size or slightly smaller inside the simmering water. No water should be in the bowl- it just sits on top of the boiling water.

Place the milk chocolate chips and the baking chocolate inside the waterless pot and stir until melted.

Add in the 2 cups of mixed nuts and stir until completely coated.

NOTE: If your stove has a “Melt” setting- skip the double broiler and just add chocolate to a medium sized saucepan instead. (NO WATER NEEDED!)

Scoop the chocolate nut mixture using medium sized spoons onto parchment lined cookie sheets.

Place the cookie sheets inside of your fridge until the chocolate has set. Enjoy!

how to make Easy Chocolate Nut ClustersHow to Make Chocolate Nut Clusters using a Microwave

Place all of the chocolate in a medium sized glass or ceramic bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds. Let sit 3-4 minutes, in the microwave. Stir gently. Add time in 30 second intervals, letting chocolate sit for 2-3 minutes after each warming segment before stirring.

Once chocolate is completely melted, add in the 2 cups of mixed nuts and stir until completely coated.

Scoop the chocolate nut mixture using medium sized spoons onto parchment lined cookie sheets.

Place the cookie sheets inside of your fridge until the chocolate has set. Enjoy!

how to make Easy Chocolate Nut Clusters

Easy Chocolate Nut Clusters

Chocolate Mixed Nut Clusters

Chocolate Nut clusters are a fun & simple holiday treat! Salted Nuts covered in rich chocolate cooled & set into perfect candy clusters for gift trays!

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Course: Candy, Chocolate

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Mixed Nut Clusters

Servings: 20

Calories: 206kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 oz milk chocolate chips
  • 4 oz semi sweet baking chocolate
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or shortening
  • 2 cups mixed nuts salted

Instructions

How to Make Chocolate Mixed Nut Clusters using a Double Boiler

  • Make a double boiler for melting the chocolate by taking a saucepan and bringing 2 quarts of water to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Place a glass bowl of the same size or slightly smaller inside the simmering water. No water should be in the bowl- it just sits on top of the boiling water. 

  • Place the milk chocolate chips and the baking chocolate inside the waterless pot and stir until melted.Add in the 2 cups of mixed nuts and stir until completely coated.

  • NOTE: If your stove has a “Melt” setting- skip the double broiler and just add chocolate to a medium sized saucepan instead. (NO WATER NEEDED!)

  • Scoop the chocolate nut mixture using medium sized spoons onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Place the cookie sheets inside of your fridge until the chocolate has set. Enjoy!

How to Make Chocolate Nut Clusters using a Microwave

  • Place all of the chocolate in a medium sized glass or ceramic bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds. Let sit 3-4 minutes, in the microwave. Stir gently. Add time in 30 second intervals, letting chocolate sit for 2-3 minutes after each warming segment before stirring. Once chocolate is completely melted, add in the 2 cups of mixed nuts and stir until completely coated.Scoop the chocolate nut mixture using medium sized spoons onto parchment lined cookie sheets.Place the cookie sheets inside of your fridge until the chocolate has set. Enjoy!

  • Once chocolate is completely melted, add in the 2 cups of mixed nuts and stir until completely coated.

  • Scoop the chocolate nut mixture using medium sized spoons onto parchment lined cookie sheets.Place the cookie sheets inside of your fridge until the chocolate has set. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

Easy Chocolate Nut Clusters

Can I use peanuts instead of mixed nuts?

Yes, if you don’t want to use mixed nuts or you happen to have peanuts on hand then they can be used. Peanut chocolate clusters taste delicious!

How to store chocolate covered nuts

These nuts will do best if kept stored inside of an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. While they can survive at room temperature as well, they are best tasting when cold. Plus side, you don’t have to worry about chocolate melting either!

Chocolate Nut clusters are a fun & simple holiday treat! Salted Nuts covered in rich chocolate cooled & set into perfect candy clusters for gift trays!

Chocolate mixed nut clusters are a fun & simple holiday treat! Salted Nuts covered in rich chocolate cooled & set into perfect candy clusters for gift trays!

Chocolate Peanut Clusters | 101 Cooking For Two by Gordon Ramsay


Just 5 minutes, 3 ingredients, and a little time in a crock pot or on a stovetop will get you great chocolate peanut clusters for holiday giving, a cookie exchange, or the office holiday party. This will become a family tradition.
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Introduction and My Rating

It is the holiday season, and we are all rushed. Or at least you are. I’m retired now, YEA.

So I have for you a buffed up version of mone of our favorite recipe. It will take you only 5 minutes preparation time mostly spent breaking up the chocolate and almond bark. 2 hours on low in the crock pot, and a few minutes scooping.  Use your two hours any way you want. I took a nap.

I will use the Food.com version as my stated inspiration reco[e; but there are many similar recipes, but all seem to vary. It is always interesting to read the comments on recipes. The comments on this one will tell the story. Everybody gave it 5 stars.

This is a very forgiving recipe. Change the nuts, add some coconut, switch out the almond bark for something else. It just always works.

My Rating

My rating system. Great 5 out of 5


An easy 5. These are evil good.

The Chocolate

Use a good quality of chocolate chips or chunks. You can use semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate.

I like to add a bar of Baker chocolate. This is higher in cocoa butter and will add more flavor to make up for using the candy melts or almond bark (which help in the hardness.)

The amount of chocolate can vary. By weight, the total amount of chocolate should be about ¾ of the amount of almond bark (or candy melts). You can use as little as half the amount or up to an equal amount.

Candy Melts/Almond Bark

Candy melts and similar things are like almond bark and are basically the same or close enough. You can use the same weight of either.

Almond bark and candy melts are usually vanilla-flavored candy coating made with vegetable fats instead of cocoa butter. They also have some coloring and flavors added. These are added to make the candy harder and a better covering for the nuts.

Almond bark comes in bars and chunks, and it is very chocolate-like in uses texture and tastes but tends to be harder. Almond bark is a bit “old school,” and the more common form now is candy melts.

Almond bark is sometimes hard to find. Smaller markets will usually have during the holiday season. Walmart, I believe, usually has it in stock.

If you use almond bark, be sure to break it up some to help it melt easier.

✔️Tips

Peanuts

I suggest standard skinless dry roasted peanuts. They do need to be dry roasted to eliminate all water, which will affect the chocolate.

Some recipes use part or all unsalted. I like a little salt there, and I usually will use the lightly salted peanuts. I find this made with unsalted nuts lacking some taste. Use full salted if you want.

The size of the recipe and servings

My original recipe was double this size and had no variability. I have republished this at half original size and provided options making it much friendlier for most homes.

The serving size is about one tablespoon, which is about one heaping kitchen teaspoon. Make them a little small says the guy who has eaten hundreds of these.

❄️Storage

These candies are good at room temperature for about 5 days.

♨️Cooking

I prefer a crockpot for this. It can be done on the stovetop, but you will need to be very careful about overheating, or there will be texture issues.

Crock Pot

As written, this needs to be made in a crock pot of 3-quarts or bigger. A double recipe will fit in a 6-quart cooker.

If you use a large crock pot for the smaller recipe, it can heat faster, so in addition to my recommended check at 90 minutes into cooking, please also check at 60 minutes. But it will probably still take the full 2 hours.

The crock pot needs to be on low. This is not a recipe to be cooked on high. On low, most crock pots slowly will get to 200 degrees over 4 or more hours. So a great slow heat to melt chocolate. On high, some crock pots may run 250+ degrees. They shouldn’t, but they do. Also, the run-up to full temperature is much faster on the high setting. This adds a good chance to overheat the chocolate.

Stovetop

You can do this in a large, heavy pot on the stovetop over low heat. You will need to add everything but the nuts. Stand there and frequently stir until the chocolate melts and comes together completely. This will take about 15 minutes to complete.  Stir in the nuts at the end.

The crock version takes only a few minutes. Then you come back when done. I always do the crock pot method.

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🖼️Instructions

Note: All images are for double batch which is what we normally make. All discussion is for a smaller amount which is half the previous published recipe.

peanuts with chocolate for candy

Only a few ingredients.

adding almond bark to the crock pot

Use a 3-quart crock pot or bigger. Add one pound of lightly salted dry roasted peanuts. Add 12 oz. of chocolate chips or chunks  (See the discussion above or in the recipe card about the chocolate amount and types.) Top with 1 pound of vanilla almond bark (broken up) or candy melts.

melted chocolate in crock pot mixing with spoon

Cook on low with the cover on. DO NOT cook on high. Crock pots can vary, so check the chocolate at 90 minutes into cooking. It is done when you can mix everything completely. It will take about 2 hours normally.

spooning melted candy onto parchment paper

Allow to cool for a few minutes to firm up slightly. Then spoon heaping spoonfuls onto parchment paper. Try not to make them too big. It is candy, not cookies.

peanut clustes cooling on parchment

Allow to cool for about 2 hours.

peanut cluster on parchment

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close up photo of a pile of Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Clusters on a red plate

Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Clusters

From Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan

Just 5 minutes, 3 ingredients, and a little time in a crock pot or on a stovetop will get you great chocolate peanut clusters for holiday giving, a cookie exchange, or the office holiday party. This will become a family tradition.

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 2 hrs

Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins

Servings #/Adjust if desired 48

Ingredients

Instructions 

Stovetop Version

  • Throw the chocolate and the almond bark (or candy melts) into a heavy based pot or pan over low heat.

  • Cook while stirring occasionally until melted and smooth (about 10-15 minutes). Stir in nuts at the end then let it cool for 5 minutes before spooning the candy out.

Recipe Notes

Pro Tips:

  1. For the chocolate, use brand name chips or chunks. I like to add a bar of Baker’s chocolate which will add more cocoa butter to help the almond bark.
  2. The amount of chocolate can vary. By weight, the total amount of chocolate should be about ¾ of the amount of almond bark (candy melts). You can use as little as half the amount or up to an equal amount.
  3. If you use almond bark in a large bar, cut it up to help it melt.
  4. Cook on low with the cover on. Do not cook on high.
  5. For the recipe as written, this fits nicely in a 3-quart crock pot. A double recipe, which I usually make, needs 6-quart or larger.
  6. Crock pots can vary, so check the chocolate at 90 minutes into cooking. It is done when you can mix everything completely which is usually about 2 hours.
  7. If you use a large crock pot for a smaller recipe, it may cook a bit faster. So check the crock pot at 60 and 90 minutes into cooking.
  8. You may use candy “melts” or almond bark. Get the vanilla flavor since the chocolate flavor can taste odd.
  9. The serving size is about one tablespoon which is about one heaping kitchen teaspoon. Make them a little small.
  10. Store in an airtight container on the countertop or in the fridge for up to 5 days. I do not suggest freezing chocolate.

Original Recipe: 2 pounds dry roasted peanuts, 2 pounds vanilla almond bark, 1 pound chocolate chips or chunks, one 4 oz Baker German chocolate bar.

Have More Questions?Make it Perfect First Time and Every Time. Don’t miss out, check the full post above. Almost every recipe includes easy step by step photo instructions so you can visualize yourself cooking this recipe along with helpful tips and options.

TO ADJUST THE RECIPE SIZE:You may adjust the number of servings in this recipe card under servings. This does the math for the ingredients for you. BUT it does NOT adjust the text of the instructions. So you need to do that yourself.

Nutrition

Calories : 109 kcalCarbohydrates : 9 gProtein : 2 gFat : 7 gSaturated Fat : 3 gSodium : 67 mgPotassium : 62 mgFiber : 1 gSugar : 7 gCalcium : 5 mgIron : 1 mg

Serving size is my estimate of a normal size unless stated otherwise. The number of servings per recipe is stated above. This is home cooking, and there are many variables. All nutritional information are estimates and may vary from your actual results. To taste ingredients such as salt will be my estimate of the average used.

Course :Appetizer

Cuisine :American

Editor’s Note: Originally Published November 25, 2016. Updated with expanded options, refreshed photos, and a table of contents to help navigation.

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PEANUT CLUSTERS – Butter with a Side of Bread by Gordon Ramsay

Peanut Clusters are the easiest no-bake treats to make with just four ingredients - chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanuts and crunchy chow mein noodles!


Peanut Clusters are the easiest no-bake treats to make with just four ingredients – chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanuts and crunchy chow mein noodles! This Peanut Cluster recipe is the best one that I’ve tried and you can make a whole batch in just a few minutes!

Peanut Clusters are my absolute favorite candy to make. And eat. Of all of the treats that I have ever made and tried, I really do think these are my all-time favorite. Even slightly above chocolate chip cookie dough, which is saying a lot!

Peanut Clusters are the easiest no-bake treats to make with just four ingredients - chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanuts and crunchy chow mein noodles!

I love baking during the holiday season and have although I usually try a few new recipes each year, there are a few stand-by treats that I just have to make.  These Peanut Clusters are at the top of my holiday baking list every single year and I usually end up making at least 2-3 batches of them….for several reasons.

  • The first is that I really like to eat them- as simple as they are, they are one of my favorite treats of all time!
  • Peanut Clusters are soooo easy to make!  Only 4 ingredients, no actual baking is involved, and the whole process only takes about 5 minutes total for an entire batch. And if you buy the correct sizes of each of the ingredients, you don’t even have to measure anything! You just dump all 4 packages in. It can’t be any easier!
  • All of the ingredients are ones that I can keep readily on hand in my pantry. If I need to take a last-minute treat somewhere, I can have a batch of Peanut Clusters ready very quickly.
  • People love them! I have made these so many times for so many people that I now get requests for them!  There are a lot of Peanut Cluster recipes out there but many of them are slightly different and they just don’t taste quite as good! Many versions of this recipe use almond bark or peanut butter/peanut butter chips, but this version uses an equal amount of butterscotch chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. You have to try this version!

What are the ingredients in Peanut Clusters?

  • 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 oz bag butterscotch chips
  • 5 oz can crunchy chow mein noodles
  • 16 oz jar salted or lightly salted peanuts

How do you make Peanut Clusters?

  1. Melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a saucepan over medium-low heat.  Stir until the chips are completely melted and the mixture is smooth. (You can also melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips in the microwave if you prefer! Just place all the chips in a large microwaveable bowl and start by microwaving on high for about a minute. Stir and then continue to put the bowl back in the microwave, cooking at 30 second intervals and stirring in between each interval. As soon as all of the chips are mostly melted, just continue to stir until mixture is smooth. You do NOT want to cook the mixture too long!) 
  2. Remove from heat and add the chow mein noodles and peanuts.  Stir until the noodles and peanuts are completely coated.  Place wax paper on cookie sheets and then drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto the wax paper.  This process is easiest if you use two spoons – fill one spoon with the mixture and then use the other spoon to scrape it onto the wax paper.
  3. Place the cookie sheets in the fridge until the Peanut Clusters are completely set.  I prefer to eat them cold, but they taste wonderful at room temperature too!

Peanut Clusters are the easiest no-bake treats to make with just four ingredients - chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanuts and crunchy chow mein noodles!

Peanut Clusters

Peanut Clusters are the easiest holiday treats to make with just chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanuts and chow mein, plus no baking involved! 

Ingredients

  • 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 oz bag butterscotch chips
  • 5 oz can chow mein noodles
  • 16 oz jar salted or lightly salted peanuts

Instructions

  1. *Melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a saucepan over medium-low heat.  Stir until the chips are completely melted and the mixture is smooth.

  2. Remove from heat and add the chow mein noodles and peanuts.  Stir until the noodles and peanuts are completely coated.  Place wax paper on cookie sheets and then drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto the wax paper.  This process is easiest if you use two spoons – fill one spoon with the mixture and then use the other spoon to scrape it onto the wax paper.

  3. Place the cookie sheets in the fridge until the Peanut Clusters are completely set.  I prefer to eat them cold, but they taste wonderful at room temperature too!

Recipe Notes

*You can also melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips in the microwave if you prefer! Just place all the chips in a large microwaveable bowl and start by microwaving on high for about a minute. Stir and then continue to put the bowl back in the microwave, cooking at 30 second intervals and stirring in between each interval. As soon as all of the chips are mostly melted, just continue to stir until mixture is smooth. You do NOT want to cook the mixture too long!

How do you store Peanut Clusters?

  • Peanut Clusters can be stored and served at room temperature. They tend to be a little messier that way because when the chocolate coating is at room temperature, it will start to melt almost immediately as soon as you touch them. If storing at room temperature, make sure to eat them all within about 3-4 days.
  • Peanut Clusters can also be stored in the refrigerator. Once the peanut clusters are set, you can put them all in an airtight container in the refrigerator and then pull them out right before serving. I actually prefer to eat them cold anyways, but if you like them softer, bring to room temperature before eating. Peanut Clusters will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks, so you can make them way in advance which is another reason I really like this recipe!

Can you freeze Peanut Clusters?

Yes, you can freeze Peanut Clusters for up to a month. Just be sure to put them in an airtight container.

What type of peanuts do you use in Peanut Clusters?

I almost always use the lightly salted peanuts in this recipe. I have tried the recipe with salted peanuts and unsalted peanuts and they just don’t taste quite as good to me. But then I think that regular salted peanuts are way too salty even when eating them plain, so maybe that’s just a personal preference. I definitely recommend using either salted or lightly salted instead of unsalted though – you do need at least some salt to make Peanut Clusters taste the best!

Peanut Clusters are the easiest no-bake treats to make with just four ingredients - chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanuts and crunchy chow mein noodles!

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