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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!.
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.
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!
Watch how to make these peanut clusters:
- 16 oz white chocolate
- 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate
- 1 ½ lb roasted and salted Spanish peanuts
- 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.
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What is your favorite chocolate brand to use?
Looks simple and easy. Gonna try !
These are definitely going in my cookie gift boxes this year! Thank you for sharing your recipes!
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
Love your videos! Merry Christmas
I didn’t have enough peanuts so I added pecans
Love your show.
Love your new kitchen also.
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
Love everything you do but attitude and smiles are outstanding 💜
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
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
Enjoy your show. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to you and your family.
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!
The peanut clusters, so quick and easy
I enjoy watching you, a very relaxing voice
Making candy for Christmas gifts
Will be making this this weekend. Thanks and love your videos and your talk about how the candy has been in your family
I love all your recipe! I want to know if you have a cookbook out. I would love to buy it👍 Keep doing your show! God Bless you🙏 Thank you so much❤️
Love watching you cook, and all the great other ideas you have . You are so creative. Keep doing what you do. You are my favorite.