Almond clusters are a simple but decadent treat combining the satisfying crunch of almonds with the indulgent sweet of semi-sweet chocolate.
This easy almond clusters recipe is so easy to to prepare and still manages to yield a treat that even the queen would love! Serve them as a snack with your afternoon coffee or after a yummy dinner of bourbon chicken, Hawaiian meatballs, or peanut butter ramen.
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📌 Simple to make but so decadent.
📌 Just a few easy to find ingredients.
📌 Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!
Chocolate Almond Clusters Ingredients
- Chocolate – Semisweet chocolate chips.
- Nuts – Almonds; salted or unsalted.
- Salt – Optional, we topped with a sprinkle of coarse sea salt.
How do you make almond clusters? (step-by-step directions)
⭐ First, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
⭐ Next, melt the chocolate chips using your preferred method.
⭐ Then, stir the almonds into the melted chocolate and mix well to coat completely.
⭐ Finally, spoon small piles of almonds onto the lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Chill to set.
Scroll down to the printable recipe card toward the bottom of this article for ingredient measurements and detailed cooking instructions.
What kind of chocolate for chocolate almond clusters?
We like semi sweet chocolate for this, but you can play with flavors and try different chocolate combinations. White chocolate or candy bark would work as well if you want different colors.
We use a combination of semi-sweet chocolate morsels, Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate Bar, and almond bark in our crockpot candy recipe, and I bet it would be delicious here too!
That said, these can be made with any type of chocolate that you love so feel free to experiment and let us know how it goes in the comments!
Can I use different nuts in almond clusters?
Yes! Almonds are obviously the classic option, but you can use any of your favorite nuts, or even a mix of nuts.
I’m partial to walnuts and macadamia nuts.
Storage and leftovers
How long does almond cluster candy last?
These will keep up to two weeks when kept at room temperature in a cool dry place and in a sealed/air tight container.
Can you freeze chocolate almond clusters?
Yes! To get a jump on holiday treats feel free to freeze these. Wait until after they’re set then add to a freezer safe air-tight container.
Defrost in the refrigerator or at room temperature. I prefer to defrost in the refrigerator and then move to room temp to limit the amount of condensation that may collect as they thaw.
Tips, tricks, and frequently asked questions
✅ Use high-quality ingredients: Choose fresh, whole almonds and good quality chocolate. The quality of the ingredients will affect the taste and texture of your almond clusters.
✅ Toast the almonds: Toasting the almonds before adding them to the clusters can enhance their flavor. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and toast them in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 8-10 minutes, or until they turn golden brown. Allow them to cool before using.
✅ Stir in the almonds gently: Add the toasted almonds to the melted chocolate and gently fold them in until they are well coated. Be careful not to overmix, as it can cause the chocolate to seize or the almonds to break.
✅ Store properly: Once the almond clusters have set, transfer them to an airtight container or a resealable bag. Store them in a cool, dry place.
✅ Experiment with variations: Customize your almond clusters by adding other ingredients such as dried fruits, coconut flakes, or a sprinkles. You can also try using different types of chocolate, like dark, milk, or white, or colorful candy melts.
What to eat with chocolate almond clusters (serving suggestions)
These are perfect as a filling afternoon snack, but also so good in a new neighbor welcome basket or holiday cookie tin with other favorites like white chocolate covered oreos, pie crust cookies, donut cookies, and butter cookies.
More delicious chocolate treats
- Chocolate peppermint cookies
- Oreo truffles
- Chocolate shortbread cookies
- Gideons Bakehouse chocolate chip cookies
- Chocolate cake recipe
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Tools we love
- Silicone baking mats – Nothing sticks to these! Whaaaa?! Perfect for baking sugary cookies, or cheesy croissants. You know why? Because nothing sticks to these!!!
- Large Crock Pot – This basic slow workhorse of a cooker has seen me through 20 years of marriage and 5 kids.
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How to Make Almond Clusters
- 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips 12 ounces
- 2 ⅓ cups almonds salted or unsalted
- optional coarse sea salt
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Melt the chocolate chips (microwave: use a microwave safe bowl and heat chocolate chips in 20 second increments, stirring between heat cycles. stovetop: melt chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly; double boiler can be used if desired. slow cooker: add chips and cover, set to low for 1 - 2 hours).
- Stir almonds into melted chocolate and mix well to combine.
- Scoop small piles of the chocolate covered almonds onto the lined baking sheet (we used a 1" cookie scoop for pictured clusters). Sprinkle with salt, if desired.
- Allow to set in a cool dry place, or move to the refrigerator for 15 - 20 minutes to set quickly.
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