Milk Chocolate Caramel Nut Clusters (5-Ingredient)

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As I was organizing my week, I realized that I don’t post nearly enough sweet recipes. I was just talking about this with a good friend (who is also a blogger) about this over coffee the other day. I totally get into grooves/obsessions, and the latest obsession of mine was easy dinner recipes. I feel like it’s time to jazz things up a bit, and it doesn’t get any easier or more delicious than these milk chocolate caramel nut clusters. They are everything you could want in a sweet treat and more. Beautiful sweetness comes from the chocolate and caramel (duh), countered by the lovely saltiness from the nuts and sprinkling of coarse sea salt. There is no reason not to make these. There are only five ingredients! They will satisfy just about anyone’s sweet tooth!

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This recipe for milk chocolate caramel nut clusters is kind of like your recipe for chocolate turtles, but instead of using pecans, I used a mixture of cashews and almonds (two of my person favorite nuts). The recipe goes a little bit like this:

In a small bowl, toss the almonds and cashews together and then on a large baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a baking mat, mound the almond and cashews in small “clumps.” Form 12 “clumps” with the nuts.

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In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, add the caramels. Microwave for 2 minutes, and then give the caramels a good stir. Microwave for an additional 1 minute, again giving it a good stir afterwards until melted completely. If the caramels are still not melted, microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Using a small spoon, dollop about a tablespoon of the caramel on top of each clump of nuts, attempting to cover at least a small part of every nut. The caramel will act like a glue to hold the nuts together. Place the baking sheet in the freeze for 5 minutes while you melt the chocolate.

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In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, add the milk chocolate chips. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each, until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer, and dollop tablespoon-sized amounts of the chocolate onto each cluster, smoothing out where necessary with the back of the spoon. Immediately following each dollop of chocolate, sprinkle on the coarse sea salt.

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Place the baking sheet back in the freezer for 30 minutes or until the chocolate has set.

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That’s seriously all it takes! Wasn’t that easiest recipe ever!?

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Pair these milk chocolate caramel nut clusters with a robust porter that has come chocolatey notes! Recipe for this yummy recipes is below! Enjoy the long weekend, friends! xo


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Milk Chocolate Caramel Nut Clusters

Yields 12 nut clusters

20 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw and unsalted almonds
  • 1 cup raw and unsalted cashews
  • 11 ounce bag soft caramels, released from their wrappings
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoons coarse sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, toss the almonds and cashews together.
  2. On a large baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a baking mat, mound the almond and cashews in small clumps. Form 12 clumps with the nuts. Set aside.
  3. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, add the caramels. Microwave for 2 minutes, and then give the caramels a good stir. Microwave for an additional 1 minute, again giving it a good stir afterwards until melted completely. If the caramels are still not melted, microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Using a small spoon, dollop about a tablespoon of the caramel on top of each clump of nuts, attempting to cover at least a small part of every nut. The caramel will act like a glue to hold the nuts together. Place the baking sheet in the freeze for 5 minutes while you melt the chocolate.
  4. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, add the milk chocolate chips. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each, until the chocolate is completely melted.
  5. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer, and dollop tablespoon-sized amounts of the chocolate onto each cluster, smoothing out where necessary with the back of the spoon. Immediately following each dollop of chocolate, sprinkle on the coarse sea salt.
  6. Place the baking sheet back in the freezer for 30 minutes or until the chocolate has set.
  7. I prefer the clusters to be stored in an airtight container at room temperature, where they will keep for a few days; but feel free to store in the fridge if you like a little bite to your candy.
  8. Enjoy!
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18 thoughts on “Milk Chocolate Caramel Nut Clusters (5-Ingredient)

  • February 15, 2015 at 5:37 pm
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    Hhaha I love that you post easy dinner recipes as I am always looking for those. But I do agree, sweets are good here and there too :P These clusters will be great snacks!!

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  • February 15, 2015 at 6:21 pm
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    Justine, these couldn’t possibly look more inviting! Those big ole mounds of nuts with caramel, chocolate and sea salt would be my undoing. I love these, and can’t wait to try them! :)

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  • February 16, 2015 at 7:52 am
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    Wow! These look amazing. With all those nuts, I could almost consider this a healthy snack….maybe I can convince myself of that anyway!

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  • February 16, 2015 at 9:39 am
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    I’m bad about doing too many savory dishes as well, for me, they just require less thinking. BUT these are the perfect dessert for me, easy, not too sweet and full of texture….and duh chocolate!!

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  • February 16, 2015 at 12:20 pm
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    love that you and Danae get together. . so fun! love these nut clusters!! I am the same way. . I get into food grooves. . or it’s based on whatever holiday is rolling around the corner. . but hey, I love the savory stuff too so no worries!

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    • February 17, 2015 at 11:12 am
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      Haha, yeah we are pretty close. I’m just thankful she lives so close! Thank you so much, Alice! I’m with you on the trends. Gotta keep up! Thanks friend. <3

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  • February 17, 2015 at 10:37 am
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    Wow, I want these now!

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  • February 17, 2015 at 10:54 am
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    These clusters look like the perfect sweet treat! Chocolate + caramel + nuts + sea salt = everything I love! I could snack on these all day long!

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    • February 17, 2015 at 11:13 am
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      Unfortunately, I have been snacking on them for like 4 days straight! I’m kind of not sad about this. ;) Thanks girlfriend.

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  • November 12, 2016 at 1:20 pm
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    I followed the recipe to a T and they came out looking beautiful just like your photos. Unfortunately the caramel hardened so much that they were completely inedible. I had to throw the entire batch in the garbage. Pretty disappointed considering the expensive ingredients that go into making these. Any idea why they became rock hard?

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    • November 14, 2016 at 7:23 am
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      I appreciate you trying out the recipe, Phil, and I apologize for it coming out too hard! There are a couple of reasons it could have come out rock hard. Caramel is very finicky. It can quickly go from fluid to seizing up to rock hard conditions in seconds. I might suggest using a candy thermometer to keep a close eye on it. If you do try the recipe again, adding a little bit of heavy cream (a couple of tablespoons) into the mix. I’ve had to do this a couple of times with my caramel and it has worked like a charm. Hope this helps! – Justine

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