These chocolate almond clusters are chocolately, sweet, salty, and so addictively delicious. The perfect recipe for a quick and crowd-pleasing dessert.
I. Love. Chocolate. I’m convinced all my sour and bitter taste buds were somehow replaced with sweet taste buds, because I really can’t get enough chocolate. And sweets in general. I don’t even try to fight it anymore. I’ve just given in to the fact that half the recipes I make will be desserts. And if I’m at a party or gathering with different dessert options, I’m gonna have to try one of each. And I’m gonna have to eat some sort of sweet treat at least once a day. It’s a non-negotiable.
When it comes to my sweet tooth, these chocolate almond clusters hit the spot. They are so delicious and decadent and crunchy and sweet and salty I can’t even tell you! Don’t get me started on sweet and salty. It is absolutely hands down the best way to make a sweet treat even better. And these almond clusters do the trick! The sweet chocolate covering the roasted, salty almonds is an enormous pack of flavor that you just have to try to believe. And there’s a hidden ingredient in these clusters– butterscotch. That’s right, the chocolate is mixed with just the right amount of butterscotch. You can’t taste a distinctly butterscotch flavor, but it gives the chocolate that extra mouth-watering, enhanced sweetness that really makes the chocolate come alive.
On top of the perfect combination of chocolate, butterscotch, and roasty salty almonds, this recipe is one of my favs because it’s in the family! My mom is notorious for being an amazing candy maker, and these are always one of her most-requested candies. People just can’t get enough! They probably think it’s because the recipe is long and complicated and takes years to perfect. But I know that this couldn’t be farther from the truth. The recipe is so simple! Shhhh, don’t tell my mom I gave away her secret. Chocolate almond clusters are actually really easy to make.
All that’s involved is melting chocolate, mixing the almonds into the warm and ooey gooey chocolate, and spooning them onto a cookie sheet. And you have your clusters. That’s it! No oven. No electric mixer. No nothing! Just three ingredients and a microwave. When I say easy, I’m not kidding.
Besides the secret of how easy they are to make, I’ll tell you another secret– eat these little guys with a cup of coffee. It’s amazing. Chocolate and coffee is just the best! After you try it once, your coffee will forever feel lonely without a chocolate almond cluster. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!
I could keep going on about how much I love sweets and these almond clusters, but I forget not everyone is a chocoholic like I am. So for now, I’ll leave you with this amazingly sweet and chocolately recipe. Enjoy!
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 12 ounces butterscotch chips (I prefer the Nestle brand)
- 12 ounces roasted, salted almonds
- Place chocolate and butterscotch chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on 50% power for 60 seconds. Take out of microwave and stir.
- Repeat this process for 15 second intervals on 50% power until the chocolate chips are just melted. Be careful not to microwave for too long or on too high, because chocolate can burn easily. Giving the chocolate a good stir between each interval will help you know right when it's ready.
- Stir almonds into chocolate until the chocolate evenly coats each almond.
- Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper. A small cookie scoop works well.
- Let stand until firm.