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Caramel Nut Clusters

An easy, delicious candy recipe that you can make in the microwave! With caramel, almonds, peanuts, pecans and chocolate these Caramel Nut Clusters have something for everybody.

Caramel Nut Clusters candy on brown linen.

Easy Microwave Candy Recipe

Homemade candy is one of my favorite things to make for people, especially around the holidays. A plate of peanut butter fudge or a bag filled with Saltine toffee created with love feels extra special!

These Caramel Nut Clusters are one of the easiest candies you can make and they test AMAZING! If you love my Turtle Fudge Recipe or Snickers candy bars, these are going to be right up your ally.

All you need for this recipe is a microwave, a baking sheet and a few basic ingredients. You’ll have clusters of nutty, chocolate-y, caramel-y goodness to share in no time at all!

Ingredient Notes

  • Nuts – I used a combination of peanuts, almonds and pecans. You can swap out these with other nuts you like with chocolate if desired, just make sure they are roasted and salted for best flavor.
  • Caramel bits – If you can’t find caramel baking bits, substitute unwrapped caramel candies.
  • Milk chocolate – Substitute melted dark or white chocolate if preferred.
  • Butter – The nuts will already be salted so be sure to use unsalted butter so the clusters don’t get overwhelmingly salty.
Caramel Nut Clusters: easy, delicious caramel, almond, peanut, pecan and chocolate clusters!

Tips and Tricks

  • When you’re using your microwave to melt and combine ingredients, be sure to stir regularly. I start with one minute in the microwave to melt the butter with the caramel, then stir before heating another 30 seconds or so.The amount of time it takes to get everything melted and smooth will vary depending on the strength of your microwave so you may need more or less time than I did.
  • Line your baking sheet with parchment paper before placing the nut clusters on it to set to prevent sticking and make clean up easier.
  • Use your fingers to shape the clusters into a more attractive round shape after plopping them on your baking sheet and before adding the melted chocolate.
  • Place a batch of these Caramel Nut Clusters in a mason jar topped with a ribbon for an easy holiday gift! I love having homemade treats on hand to give as small tokens of appreciation to people in my life.

Recipe FAQs

Can this be made without a microwave?

Definitely! If you don’t have a microwave or prefer not to use it, you can heat the butter, caramel and cream in a stove pan on low to medium heat to get everything melted and combined. Stir constantly while heating and be careful not to let it boil.
For melting the chocolate sans microwave, you will need to use a double boiling method.

How do you store Caramel Nut Clusters?

Store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep for about one week.

Can this be made without the peanuts?

Absolutely. If you need this to be peanut free, you can sub more almonds or pecans in their place.

Serve them alongside some Pecan Praline Candy with a few squares of Candy Cane Fudge or all on their own. It really is THAT easy to create your own delicious candy at home.

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Yield: 32

Caramel Nut Clusters

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

An easy, delicious candy recipe made with caramel, almonds, peanuts, pecans and chocolate! Whip up a batch of Caramel Nut Clusters today!

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (11 oz) Premium Caramel Bits, or 25 caramel candies, unwrapped
  • 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Heavy Cream
  • ½ cup Almonds, chopped
  • ½ cup Dry Roasted Salted Peanuts
  • ¾ cup Halved Pecans
  • 6 ounces Milk Chocolate, melted

Instructions

    1. Lay a piece of parchment paper over a large cookie sheet. Set aside.
    2. In a large, microwave safe bowl, add caramels, butter and heavy cream. Microwave on high for one minute.
    3. Stir and microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir (if not yet completely melted, add another 30 seconds).
    4. Fold in nuts.
    5. Drop by large tablespoon onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Shape scoops with fingertips so they look nice.
    6. Spoon a dollop of melted chocolate onto each cluster. Refrigerate until set (about 15 minutes). Store in airtight container in refrigerator for one week. ENJOY.

Notes

  • When you're using your microwave to melt and combine ingredients, be sure to stir regularly. I start with one minute in the microwave to melt the butter with the caramel, then stir before heating another 30 seconds or so.The amount of time it takes to get everything melted and smooth will vary depending on the strength of your microwave so you may need more or less time than I did.
  • Line your baking sheet with parchment paper before placing the nut clusters on it to set to prevent sticking and make clean up easier.
  • Use your fingers to shape the clusters into a more attractive round shape after plopping them on your baking sheet and before adding the melted chocolate.
  • Place a batch of these Caramel Nut Clusters in a mason jar topped with a ribbon for an easy holiday gift! I love having homemade treats on hand to give as small tokens of appreciation to people in my life.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

32

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Skip the expensive box of holiday chocolates, put down the candy thermometer and make these Caramel Nut Clusters instead!

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Posted on August 24, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. I, too, am a fanatic of the candy variety. These look perfect to hand out during Christmastime!

  2. Oh, wow…these are so simple that they are hard to resist! I absolutely love sweet-and-salty stuff together.

  3. All my favorite nuts covered in caramel? I like the idea of putting a warning label on them – “make at your own risk!” I would eat the whole batch, it’s just the way I am with nuts. Looks so delicious!

  4. They look wonderful! I love caramel and with the chocolate and peanuts, so good! Like a Snickers meets Turtle!

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