Chocolate Covered Peanut Clusters
These white chocolate covered peanut clusters are the easiest candy recipe to be made. They make wonderful gifts for teachers, neighbors, and family around the holidays or anytime you want to give a sweet treat to someone special.
I have been making these peanut clusters as far back from when I lived in Atlanta.
That was well over 20 years ago. I was a caterer and we catered lots of baby and bridal showers. You know there always has to be a favor to give out at the end of the party.
Well, these were the edible favors that I mostly made. Sometimes with milk chocolate and also dark chocolate. But, the ones that were most requested are the white chocolate peanut clusters I’m sharing with you today.
As you can see in the photos, I made them for the Christmas holiday.
You can change around the sprinkles for any occasion.
I used to put light pink and light blue for baby showers and if we knew what the gender of the baby was going to be ahead of time, the sprinkles would be two shade of either blue or pink.
These are always a hit with family and friends.
I bring them to every family event around the holidays and they are great for a potluck dinner.
They look just perfect on any dessert table. You’ll see them go pretty fast once they are set out.
The combo of the sweet chocolate and the salty peanuts is just so delectable.
For an even more salty touch, you can sprinkle just a few course sea salt flake on top of each cluster. It makes a nice presentation. Looks like a fancy dessert. Also, crushed up peppermint candies or candy canes taste great on the white chocolate.
Another suggestion is to save a few peanuts, chop them up into little pieces. Then, sprinkle over each cluster while the chocolate is still setting, just like you would do with any sprinkle or sea salt flakes.
One more suggestion would be to add any dried fruit such as dried cranberries or currants. That’s if you want a chew factor to these chocolate peanut clusters. But, to be honest, I like making these just as is, the salted peanuts and white chocolate.
Now, just a recipe note, if salt is an issue, you can easily find unsalted dry roasted peanuts in a jar at your grocery store. I happen to think the salted peanuts give a really nice contrast to the creamy, sweet chocolate.
Here is a question I have been asked about this recipe.
Since These Are Made With Only Two Basic Ingredients, What Is the Best Way To Melt The Chocolate In This Recipe?
This is an easy one. This being such a simple recipe, it’s also versatile in the way of how to melt the chocolate.
On the back of any bag of melting chocolate, the manufacturer will give you their suggestion on how the chocolate should be melted. Best thing to do is follow what they say.
They may give you two choices.
One being, the microwave. It’s easy and fast. But, I suggest you read their times on how long to microwave for each interval you place the chocolate in for. I usually start with 30 seconds, then take out, stir, put back in and go to 20 second intervals.
For the stove top, there really is one way this works. You’ll place the chocolate in a heat proof bowl. Then, put the bowl over a pot with simmering water. You just have to make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. You stir until the chocolate is melted. This should only take a few minutes.
So, there you have it. So simple. It’s just your preference on how you want to melt the chocolate.
Chocolate Covered Peanut Clusters
Yields: about 24 clusters
Can I Use Any Kind Of White Chocolate In This Recipe? White Chocolate Chips, Wafers, Or A Bark?
For my recipe, I only use a bark or wafers. I find the white chocolate chips have a tendency to clump up a little. I like Almond Bark or Melting Wafers. Both are found at craft stores, Walmart, and online. You may even be able to find them at your grocery store. Again, this is my suggestion and of course your preference. The bark and wafers both work great. They melt to perfection.
- White chocolate wafers or Almond Bark (That is what the white chocolate is called. There are no almonds in the chocolate)
- Salted or lightly salted dry roasted peanuts, make sure you get the dry roasted peanuts. The raw peanuts will not give you the right texture or flavor you’re looking for in the delicious clusters.
- Colored sprinkles of choice
- Full printable recipe is below
Here Are The Directions After The Chocolate Is Melted
- After melting the chocolate as per package directions, stir until shiny.
- Gently toss in the peanuts, Stir gently until combined.
- Have a rimmed cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper ready.
- Use a tablespoon to scoop up mixture and place mounds/clusters on prepared cookie sheet. Do this until you are done with all the chocolate peanut mixture.
- While the chocolate is still shiny and warm, sprinkle your colored sprinkles over each cluster. Let set up at room temperature. For faster set up, place in fridge for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Here’s How To Store These Clusters
Clusters can be stored in an airtight container up to 2 weeks on counter. You must put sheets of parchment or wax paper in between the layers of clusters so they don’t stick to one another. If you keep in the fridge, you can usually keep up to 3 weeks. Same goes for the storing, in an airtight container with wax or parchment paper between each layer of clusters. To freeze, do the same as the counter and fridge but the clusters will stay up to 2 months in the freezer. Here is another suggestion on storing these gems, I like to use a glass container with a hard plastic lid. I find the glass containers keep desserts staying fresher longer.
Such a pretty holiday treat
Before leaving, check out a few more easy Christmas dessert recipes to enjoy…
Shortcut Chocolate Chip Peppermint M&M Cookies
Cookies and Cream Christmas Pretzel Snaps
3 Ingredient Christmas Cookies
Be sure to print out recipe below
Chocolate Covered Peanut Clusters
These two ingredient white chocolate covered peanut clusters are the easiest candy recipe to be made. These delicious gems make wonderful gifts for teachers, neighbors, and family around the holidays or anytime you want to give a sweet treat to someone special.
- 2 cups white chocolate bark or melting wafers
- 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, lightly salted or salted
- decorative sprinkles of choice
After melting the chocolate as per package directions, stir until shiny. Gently toss in the peanuts, Stir gently until combined. Have a rimmed cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper ready. Use a tablespoon to scoop up mixture and place mounds/clusters on prepared cookie sheet. Do this until you are done with all the chocolate peanut mixture. Enjoy!
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