Aunt Helen's Peanut Clusters


I don’t often make candy anymore, but when I saw this recipe in "Treasured Recipes" and I knew I had some peanuts languishing in the cabinet, I had to try this one.  Three pounds of this is a lot; I made 6 ounces of each ingredient, and filled 2 quarter sheet pans.  I use a double boiler to melt this; it gives more time to shape your candy.  The amount I made was about right for my small double boiler pan.  If you don’t have a double boiler, try a glass or metal bowl over a pan of hot water.  We liked the clusters and bark equally well, the bark is certainly easier.  This recipe is fast, fast, fast.
My husband liked the mild milk chocolate taste.  Choose the chips you like.  Actually, choose the nuts you like too.  Salted ones help cut the sweetness.

 Aunt Helen's Peanut Clusters
  1              Pound  White Almond Bark
  1              Pound  Dry Roasted Peanuts
  1              Pound  Milk Chocolate Chips
Melt white chocolate and chocolate chips together; add peanuts.
Drop by teaspoon onto waxed or parchment paper and refrigerate.
Or, spread in a thin layer on a cookie sheet and break apart after refrigerating.
Yield:  "3 Pounds"
2013 Cost:  $2.77 per pound 

4 comments:

  1. My husband is addicted to Brach's peanut clusters and I do not need to tell you how much a pound those cost so I am going to make these (poss even today). Now my only dilemma is should I try to pass them off as his beloved Brach's clusters?

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  2. I make this for Lyle and always use mixed salted nuts. He likes the salt flavor with the chocolate. Sue is right in that it makes the bark less sweet.

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  3. I finally got to make these this morning and they turned out beautifully. I watched three videos on melting chocolate in the microwave and it worked really well for me. I used all the ingredients the recipe called for so I now have 3lbs of treats and my very happy husband now has enough clusters for the whole week!

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  4. Did you tell him they were Brach's? So glad they worked well for you and that he liked them.

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