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Monday, December 17, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Clusters

This is a favorite candy of ours and so easy to make!
You can use any kind of nut you like, too.

First melt 1.5 pounds of almond bark in the microwave.



In a separate bowl, melt 6 ounces chocolate chips 
and 1 square of unsweetened chocolate.
The amounts are different in my photos because I was making 
one and a half batches for gift giving.


Stir 16 ounces of cocktail peanuts into the almond bark.  
Then add the chocolate on top.


If you want them to be totally chocolate, stir all together.
To get a marbled effect, do not stir the chocolate but simply
start spooning teaspoon size candies onto parchment paper.


When the candies are fully hardened they are ready to eat!


Isn't this a sweet vintage Christmas plate?
Yes, I pulled it from the auction trash earlier this year!
I was excited to bring it out and use it this season!


39 comments:

  1. nice....love the swirl...makes a nice presentation...but i bet flavor as well...our fav is peanut butter log....mmm....go through that pretty quick....

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    1. I don't think I've ever had that! But any peanut butter candy would be yummy! :)

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    1. pretty, huh? And really so easy! Very fast, too. I make them every year.

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  3. Betsy!!!!these sounds and look amazing; really delicious and of course I envy your plate oh dear is brautiful!:)

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    1. Aah! You really know me; I love this plate!!

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  4. I have had these before and they are delicious!

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    1. yes, they are. I was glad to give them away so I wouldn't be munching on them!

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  5. Mmmmm your blog is decadent!
    I feel guilty now cause I haven't done any cooking for Christmas yet.
    Every one is far away so we don;t have many people to celebrate with.
    You are lucky to have a full house. :)

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    1. I gave it all away! ha. I think we're going to have a simple dessert for Christmas, instead!

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  6. Auction trash always comes in handy
    And does look just dandy
    But who knows with me
    No food under my tree

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    1. buying you food would not be fun
      and would leave me rather glum
      Chicken nuggets? What fun is that?
      and they would thaw in no time flat.
      hahahahaa......

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    2. haha I don't eat those
      As they could cause me woes
      Just chicken and veggies on display
      Is all that go in me at my bay

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  7. I will take a tin full, please...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. If you lived close, I'd deliver it myself! :)

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  8. So there is no cooking...only melting?? I love the looks of the swirls, but didn't know what almond bark is..will have to google that.

    We just got home from a Marvelous Christmas Concert, full orchestra and Choir at a large Church in our area. Oh the music is still ringing in my hears...so beautiful.

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    1. Almond bark is in the baking section of your grocery...with the chocolate chips, etc. It's great melted and poured over a mix of pretzels, popcorn, rice chex and peanuts, too!

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  9. Betsy, your edible creations always look delicious but this looks especially yummy!

    Happy anniversary to you and The Mister! 29 years is amazing. Kudos to you both.

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    1. Thanks, Yuji! 29 sounds like an eternity! haha...we're getting old, I'm telling you! :)

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  10. Yes, I love the plate! How could anyone consider that as 'trash'? I'll have visions of the candy the rest of the day :)

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    1. that's what I say almost every auction! How could they? haha.

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  11. I am swooning for all that chocolate!!! Yay!! Take care
    x

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    1. It's a good thing it didn't all stay here...I wouldn't be able to stay out of it!

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  12. YES, that IS a great vintage plate!! So glad you salvaged it from the trash bin!! and YUM! I'd love to have that cute plate sitting next to my coffee right now. blessings ~ tanna

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    1. chocolate for breakfast...you're my kind of girl! haha.

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  13. I love that marbled effect. And the wonderful plate...what a treasure.

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  14. Gorgeous candy - plate too. I sooo enjoy eating and making easy recipes like this one. YUMMM!!!

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    1. tastes so much better than anything you can buy, doesn't it? And you're right...fun to make!

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  15. Dear Betsy Happy Anniversary!! what amazing 29 years!!! Oh MY is a lot! congrats to you and the Mr., hope you have a wonderful dinner:)

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    1. thanks, gloria...I know! 29 years is forever! LOL....

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  16. The bark looks wonderful and this dish is adorable! I love vintage Christmas images of Santa Claus!

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    1. thanks, Pat...I'm really enjoying that little plate!

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  17. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY....
    All the best to you and the Mr....
    How lovely...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    ps...it pays to read the sidebar...eh Gloria?

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  18. Happy Anniversary to you and the Mr.! Hope your celebration dinner was lovely! Best wishes and Blessings for the next year(s) :)

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