Spanish Peanut Clusters




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Bittersweet chocolate peanut clusters

Spanish Peanut Clusters are the easiest homemade chocolate candy ever, and everyone goes ‘nuts’ for them!

Roasted Spanish Peanut Clusters, a super easy homemade candy

Happy Halloween everyone!  it’s going to be a slow one here, my husband has to be somewhere for work and my daughter is going out so I’ll be home alone.  Don’t tell anyone but I’m going to put a bowl of candy out on the porch and pretend I’m not here.  I know, I’m a killjoy, but I’ve been there and done that when it comes to all the Halloween stuff and I’m kind of over it, at least for this year.  I’m going to watch a movie and eat my homemade Spanish Peanut Clusters…

Delicious Spanish Peanut Clusters, better than the fancy candy store kind!

I still get a thrill out of making my own candy, no matter how simple it is, and this one is about as simple as it gets.  I LOVE peanut clusters, they’re the first thing I attack pick out of every candy box.  I love them best with roasted Spanish peanuts — the flavor and crunch is amazing.  (Spanish peanuts are the little guys, the ones with the skins still on.)  I used bittersweet chocolate to bind them all together, and the result is a classic candy just as good as anything you’ll get at a fancy chocolate shop.  It only takes a few minutes to make them, too, which is always a bonus.

Bittersweet chocolate peanut clusters

This is a 2 ingredient recipe…so both of those ingredients count!  You can look for Spanish peanuts at your grocery store, it’s hit or miss whether you’ll find raw, like I used.  But Planters sells them roasted and lightly salted, and you can definitely use those, just skip the roasting step.  That little bit of salt will give these another dimension.

Homemade 2-ingredient Spanish Peanut Clusters

My chocolate comes from Equal Exchange, a wonderful company I recently discovered.  They’re headquartered in Massachusetts and they were pioneers of the Fair Trade movement back in the 80s.  They partner with small farmers all over the globe to maintain better working conditions, higher incomes, sustainable growing environments, and a better product.  Everybody wins.  I used their Extra Dark Pananma Chocolate, it’s 80% cacao, which means it’s got tons of rich chocolate flavor, perfect for these clusters.  When you purchase fair trade products you’re basically making the world a little bit better at the same time, it’s a pretty sweet deal :)

Homemade Peanut Clusters

This particular combination of Spanish peanuts and bittersweet chocolate has a little bit of a sophisticated flavor.  The skin-on peanuts and the chocolate both have a slight bitterness to them.  I really like that.  You can use regular peanuts and milk chocolate if you aren’t into it.

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Roasted Spanish Peanut Clusters
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Yield: makes 1 to 1 1/2 dozen, depending on the size of your clusters

Bittersweet chocolate peanut clusters

Ingredients

  • 11-12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut in small pieces
  • 1 cup Spanish peanuts, skins on

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Put the peanuts on a dry baking sheet and toast for about 10-15 minutes, or until you begin to smell their aroma. Let them cool. Skip this step if you are using roasted peanuts.
  3. Set up a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper.
  4. Put the chopped chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl and microwave for one minute. Stir to melt. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds if necessary. Let the heat of the bowl and chocolate help to completely melt it as you stir, don't over microwave or the chocolate will seize up.
  5. When the chocolate is completely smooth, add in the peanuts and give a quick stir to coat them.
  6. Use a tablespoon to make little piles of the chocolate on the lined baking sheet. Let them sit until set at room temperature, or you can put them in the fridge for quicker setting.
  7. I like to store these in the fridge.

Make it your own ~

  • Use any chocolate you like, including white, blonde, or milk.
  • Use any nut you like, too.  I think walnuts would be wonderful.  Hazelnuts, too!

 

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrina Seth
    September 24, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Could you use raw peanuts?

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 24, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      You can but the flavor won’t be very great, Katrina. If you’ve got raw peanuts, best to toast them in a dry pan until they get fragrant, it will only take a few minutes. Keep the heat to med or med/low and keep them moving so they don’t scorch.

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    Olga Markakis
    November 18, 2015 at 5:02 am

    Hi Sue, I make these with almonds must try with peanuts. They make the perfect chocolate snack! I have a question for you – on the rare occasion my chocolate clusters have a white film on them once dried would you know why?

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 18, 2015 at 6:53 am

      That’s called ‘blooming’ Olga, and it’s fine, there’s no problem other than cosmetic, the flavor isn’t affected. It’s caused when the cocoa solids rise to the surface and is usually the result of the chocolate being stored at high temperatures. Ideally, store your chocolate at room temp.

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    November 2, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I love the mix of Spanish peanuts and chocolate! I’d attack these clusters too :).

  • Reply
    grace
    November 2, 2015 at 8:21 am

    do the kids actually only take a few pieces of candy? i’d be shocked if one rogue teenager didn’t come up and swipe it all. :)

  • Reply
    Susan
    November 2, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Oh my, your idea of a Halloween celebration is right up my alley! I always go for the nut clusters in a candy box too :) Love the rich, dark chocolate you used – they must taste fabulous!

    • Reply
      Sue
      November 2, 2015 at 8:21 am

      Thanks Susan, the chocolate was especially nice, I love experimenting with all the single origin varieties, they have such unique flavor profiles, it kind of elevates the humble peanut cluster :)

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    November 2, 2015 at 3:26 am

    I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t be thrilled to peek in a little gift bag or box and find these treasures! Pinning!

  • Reply
    Gerlinde/Sunnycovechef
    November 1, 2015 at 11:31 am

    These clusters look fabulous, I would eat them all day.

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's+Recipes
    November 1, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Easy peasy and fantastic, Sue.

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House KItchen
    November 1, 2015 at 7:15 am

    It would be a fight between you and me on who would get the most peanut clusters!! Just sayin’! These look fab-u-lous!!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    October 31, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I am a huge fan of chocolate and peanuts – thanks for the lovely simple recipe! Hope you enjoy your Halloween – we’ll have more than 150 kids and I have tons of candy – let’s do this!

  • Reply
    cheri
    October 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Sue, Spanish peanuts are my guilty pleasure love that you combined them with dark chocolate. Yum!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 31, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      I don’t think of them as a guilty pleasure, Cheri — nuts are healthy!! :)

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