I stood staring into my pantry late last night, trying to figure out what I was craving. I nearly gave up finding a snack and thought I’d resign myself to going to bed instead. I went back to my room and plopped down onto the edge of the bed to only find that the hubs had decided he also wanted a snack.
He brought back a jar of peanuts and a bag of chocolate chips.
It was then that the thought hit me!
If only I’d had some caramel, too!
And if only it weren’t midnight, I’d whip up some caramel peanut clusters in no time!
But it was midnight. 🙁
So instead the hubs and I decided to lay in our comfy bed and eat handfuls of chocolate chips and peanuts together!
Today is another story.
Today I decided to try my hand at homemade caramel and then pair it with peanuts and chocolate to come up with some caramel peanut clusters.
I scoured Pinterest for a yummy caramel recipe and came across one. I threw together the caramel, which took a total of about 6 minutes. Once it was finished I poured it into a glass jar and kept about 3/4 cups out to make these clusters.
After our little late night snack we only had about a cup of peanuts and half a bag of chocolate chips left so I wouldn’t need much caramel for these clusters.
These caramel peanut clusters take less than 20 minutes to put together including cooling time. Use the freezer like I did, or even the refrigerator if you’d rather, to speed up the cooling time.
Here’s how I made these amazingly easy caramel peanut clusters!
Caramel Peanut Clusters
Make your caramel or use store bought and place it into a bowl or leave it in the saucepan you used to prepare the caramel.
Pour around 3/4 cups peanuts into your caramel.
Stir to combine.
Use an ice cream scoop, small measuring cup, or spoon to portion out the caramel peanut clusters onto a baking sheet covered in parchment or wax paper. Then place into the freezer or fridge for 5-15 mins to firm up enough to dip into chocolate.
Meanwhile, melt your chocolate in the microwave or on the stovetop. Once melted, remove the caramel peanut clusters from the freezer.
Drop the clusters into the bowl of chocolate and turn to coat. Remove the clusters back to the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Once all the clusters are coated place the pan back into the freezer and let them set.
After they have set place them into a container and store them in the fridge or eat them right away!
That’s it! So easy and so quick! Give these a try and let me know how yours turnout!
Be sure to Pin this recipe for later so you can throw these together next time you are craving something sweet and salty!