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Chubby Hubby Clusters

Chubby Hubby Clusters are homemade candy made with just 4 ingredients! Chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels combine for the perfect sweet and salty treat.

If you like candy with pretzels, try this Pretzel Candy recipe next! You’ll love our Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites too.

Chocolate pretzel candy in white wrappers.

What is Chubby Hubby Candy

Chubby Hubby Candy are clusters of pretzels, peanut butter and malted milk balls dipped in melted chocolate. It’s inspired by the popular Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor of the same name—and just as addictively delicious!

These easy chocolate clusters might just be the perfect homemade candy for fans of sweet and salty snacks.

You have the super sweet milk chocolate, the salted pretzel flavor and that “something special” from the malted milk balls.

I love making these Chubby Hubby Clusters as a gift or a little treat to share with the family.

  • Only 4 ingredients.
  • Ready in 30 minutes.
  • No special equipment needed.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make chubby hubby candy clusters.

Here’s everything you need to make Chubby Hubby clusters candy.

  • Mini pretzel twists – I use salted twists for the sweet-salty flavor. Unsalted twists will also work if you want your clusters less salty.
  • Creamy peanut butter – Using regular peanut butter like JIF or Skippy brands will make for sweeter chubby hubby. For less sweetness, you can use natural unsweetened peanut butter.
  • Malted Milk Balls – Whoppers or a similar style of chocolate malt ball candies are best. The malt adds a hint of nutty grain flavor that sets these apart.
  • Milk chocolate – I use milk chocolate chips. Semi-sweet chocolate chips would also be a good choice if you prefer a darker cocoa flavor.

Tips and Tricks

Step by step photos showing how to make chubby hubby clusters.
  • Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Heat them in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth and combined.
  • Work quickly. After folding in the malt balls and pretzels, you’ll need to quickly scoop the mixture into clusters, before the chocolate sets.
  • Use mini cupcake liners. They help keep the chubby hubby clusters from sticking to a pan AND make them easy to eat.
  • Let set before eating. The chocolate needs a few minutes to harden so it doesn’t get all over your hands and face when you take a bite!
Chubby Hubby Clusters are homemade candy made with just 4 ingredients! Chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels combine for the perfect sweet and salty treat.

Recipe FAQs

Can I replace the malted milk balls with malt powder?

No, malted milk powder should not be substituted in this chubby hubby clusters recipe. The crunch of the malted milk balls is important for giving the clusters their structure.

How do I store pretzel candy?

These chubby hubby clusters should be stored covered or tightly wrapped at room temperature. They don’t usually need to be chilled, but if you notice the chocolate is softening too much, you can transfer them to the refrigerator.

How do I melt chocolate chips without a microwave?

If you don’t have a microwave, you can melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a double boiler on the stove.
Place a heat-safe bowl over a sauce pan filled with water. Add chocolate chips and peanut butter to the bowl. Bring the water to a low simmer, stirring the chocolate regularly until melted and smooth.

Can I make chubby hubby clusters with white chocolate or dark chocolate?

Yes, you can swap out the milk chocolate chips for any flavor you like!

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Yield: 48 servings

Chubby Hubby Candy

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Chubby Hubby Clusters are homemade candy made with just 4 ingredients! Chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels combine for the perfect sweet and salty treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounce) Milk Chocolate Chips
  • ¾ cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 5 ounces Malted Milk Balls, Crushed
  • 1 ½ cups Small Pretzel Twists

Instructions

  1. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt milk chocolate with peanut butter for one minute. Stir and heat an additional 15-30 seconds if needed. Stir until smooth.
  3. Fold in crushed malted milk balls and pretzel twists. Once all the ingredients are evenly coated, work quickly using a 2 small spoons to drop about two pretzels onto the parchment paper lined pans. Repeat until all clusters are made.
  4. Allow chocolate to set or refrigerate for speed setting (about 15 minutes). Store in airtight container in refrigerator or at room temperature (if it’s not too hot in your house). ENJOY.

Notes

  • Swap out milk chocolate chips for semi-sweet if preferred.
  • Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Heat them in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth and combined.
  • Work quickly. After folding in the malt balls and pretzels, you'll need to quickly scoop the mixture into clusters, before the chocolate sets.
  • Use mini cupcake liners. They help keep the chubby hubby clusters from sticking to a pan AND make them easy to eat.
  • Let set before eating. The chocolate needs a few minutes to harden so it doesn't get all over your hands and face when you take a bite!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 41mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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

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Chubby Hubby Clusters are the perfect homemade candy for any time of year!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on June 8, 2022

Comments & Reviews

  1. Hi…..Instead of crushed malted milk balls, could you use  malted milk powder? If so what amount would you use? Thanks in advance for you help.

    1. I wouldn’t for this recipe, because the malted milk balls are still slightly “chunky”. You want that candy flavor…not just the malted milk powder flavor. Hope that helps!

  2. Your Chubby Hubby Bars are the number 1 favorite here at work. I just told a co-worker you had posted these clusters and it seems I’ll be making them tonight 🙂

  3. my hubby would love these to snack on! and I have not thought of that ice cream in SO long, but it used to be our favorite falvor

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