Peanuts and chocolate are a gorgeous pair. They play well with each other. They are comforting. They hang out well together. To top all of these compatibility perfections, they are simple to combine.
Both are wonderful on their own. Aside from those with allergies to nuts, most people enjoy these lovely legumes. Most people also enjoy chocolate. Bringing the two together is a match made in culinary and confectionary heaven. It’s also mind numbingly simple to pull off, which is a plus for someone like me who enjoys instant gratification where food is concerned.
I’m not sure if this is so much a recipe as it is a method, but for the sake of semantics, we’ll say that it’s something worth learning, especially if you would like to get in to playing with chocolate. I’m sure there are better methods and more advanced recipes for this, and if David Lebovitz can tell me how to keep 60% cacau chocolate from melting the second I touch it, I would be very greatful, as these candies are messy, but so very worth it!
Dark Chocolate Peanut Clusters Recipe
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 7365mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
First of all, I’d like to find a way to keep the chocolate from melting all over the eater’s fingers as soon as it’s touched. I’m assuming paraffin or shortening might be a start, but I will have to consult with people more knowledgeable than myself before I decide on a solution to this issue.
Secondly… Where do the possibilities end? You could crush the nuts to make the clusters more of a bar with a smoother consistency. Add caramel chunks or fruit or rice puffs or… I have a lot of playing around to do on this one…
Once I’m finished with this batch, that is.
Links to other recipes like this:
- Crock Pot Peanut Clusters, from a Year of Slow Cooking
- Coco Choco Clusters Recipe, from 101 Cookbooks
Oh man that looks GREAT!
.-= Lori (A Cowboy’s Wife)´s last blog ..100 Recipes, 1-Million Dollar Winner =-.
I’ve never been much of a candy eater, so I’ve never learned to make candy, either. But these look fun and easy, and I think my grandkids would love them.
.-= Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog ..Lentils (Recipe: vegan barley and lentil pilaf with mushrooms and spinach) =-.
Blue Meanies !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aaaaaaaiiiii !!!! Go get him Glove …
.-= Dr. Biggles´s last blog ..Teriyaki Smoked Tilapia – amazingly perfect =-.
@Lori – they were awesome.
@Lydia – My kids ate ’em up. I’m sure the grandkids will love them
@Biggles – I think I missed the reference???
I have to agree at how easy these are to make! My two year old is a chocoholic, always looking for treats to keep in the fridge, these will make a great addition to the lot!!
Your chocolate wouldnt melt the moment you touched it if you tempered it. Tempered chocolate is time consuming but it makes for shiny chocolate that doesnt melt in your hands.