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All Christmas foods I love hold distinct memories, probably because my family has always held so many traditions. Without putting on any fanfare, Mom and Grandma crafted our customs by creating habits every year. I remember each family had a certain food they made. Grandma had her peppernuts and Mom had her peanut clusters. I’m sure when my sister and I were young, Mom loved how simple and quick peanut clusters were. Also, my dad would always be as excited for peanut clusters as us kids were for presents!.

Dark chocolate peanut cluster sitting on wood surface surrounded by other chocolate clusters

Mom didn’t need a recipe, but would often simply pour a combination of chocolates together in a double boiler with peanuts. Since there are so few ingredients, it means that each one is super important.

Traditionally, Spanish peanuts are used in candy making. Spanish peanuts have red skins and are smaller than many other varieties. They’re slightly higher in oil content, giving way to a stronger, nuttier flavor.

Top down view of wood board sitting on white surface with chocolate globs, some drizzled with white chocolate streaks

Peanut clusters can use any variety of chocolate, from milk to dark. Usually, I go towards darker chocolate, but that can easily overpower the peanuts. Instead, a mixture of semisweet and white chocolate lets both the peanuts and the chocolate shine through. Once melted, you don’t notice that the white is in there, but the sweet lighter flavor is perfect!

Chocolate peanut cluster with bite taken out sitting on wood surface with other chocolate clusters in background

Watch how to make these peanut clusters:

Chocolate peanut clusters topped with white chocolate sitting on wood surface

Peanut Clusters

4.41 from 20 votes
While these peanut clusters are a delectable treat, they're really quite simple. All that's needed are three ingredients to create a chocolate concoction that's the perfect bite!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 48 clusters

Ingredients

  • 16 oz white chocolate
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 ½ lb roasted and salted Spanish peanuts

Instructions
 

  • Melt chocolates in a heatproof bowl and set over simmering water. Do not let water touch the bottom of the bowl or the chocolate could scorch. Stir until the mixture is melted and smooth.
  • Once smooth, remove from heat and add peanuts. Stir until completely coated.
  • Using two spoons, drop candy (about 2 tablespoons) on parchment-lined baking sheets. Let cool until the chocolate is set.
  • Store in an airtight container up to 1 week or chill and store 3 weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1clusterCalories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 12.4gProtein: 4.8gFat: 12.1gSaturated Fat: 4.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 11.6mgPotassium: 132.5mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 9.6gVitamin A: 0.9IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 33.8mgIron: 0.6mg
Course Candy
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Assembling

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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These are easy and delicious. I loke to add raisins as well to the chocolate and nut mix, or dried cranberries to make them festive. Cx

  2. 5 stars
    I make these as well but I melt my chocolate on low in my crockpot. Then keep it set to warm and it gives me time to plop me candies on wax paper and still keep the mixture warm. It works perfectly

  3. 5 stars
    Will make tomorrow. Your peanut brittle recipe was amazing. Dangerous to have around. It turned out awesome!!! Thank you for your videos. It helps to see rather than just follow the recipe. To have both is great as you give good tips

  4. I am making your peanut clusters now. Love your recipand how you describe with details before I follow the recipe. I have a recipe for English Butter Toffee that I have made since 1989. Everyone expects it every year. I don’t usually share my secrets but would share this with you. It’s awesome

  5. 5 stars
    These were so addicting! I gave some away and heard back from the people I gave them to that they were the best gift they received so far for Christmas!! They are sooo good! Thank you Caleb!