Double Chocolate Toasted Almond Clusters are so very easy to make and yet look super elegant and gift worthy! Toasting the almonds takes a little extra time and effort, but so worth it for the extra flavor and crunch. Toast them ahead of time, if you want, while baking dinner one night or another batch of goodies. Only ten minutes in a 350 degree oven makes a big difference.
When adding white melting chocolate to slow cooker, break into pieces at the score. Or some brands come in little “cubes” in individual cups. Easier to melt than a big chunk. Baker’s German Chocolate is a sweet baking chocolate – also scored to break into easy to melt chunks. The chocolate chips add a different flavor to the mix. I have also used dark chocolate chips–but I like dark chocolate. Use the low setting on your slow cooker. Your mileage may vary – it took just a little over an hour to melt and mix the chocolate and I stirred about every 15 minutes. You can drop the almond chocolate mixture onto parchment paper with a cookie scoop or a tablespoon for large clusters. We like the smaller clusters (about a teaspoon and a half) dropped into candy cups. Just the right size for a sweet bite – and the paper keeps your fingers clean! Great gift any time of year!
- 16 ounces lightly salted or plain roasted almonds
- 1 lbs White Melting Chocolate (White Almond Bark or Candy Coating)
- 4 oz Bakers’s German Chocolate (or similar sweet chocolate)
- 1 ½ cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Spread almonds on cookie sheet. Do not pile almonds on top of each other. Bake at 350 for ten minutes. Remove from oven and cool while chocolate is melting. This step can also be done a day or more ahead of time.
- In a 5 qt or larger slow cooker, add the white melting chocolate, sweet baking chocolate, and semi sweet chocolate chips. Put the lid on and set to LOW, checking at sides and bottom occasionally to make sure chocolate is not overheating.
- As chocolates become soft and melted, stir to combine them.
- Add almonds to the crock pot and stir them in well.
- Use cookie scoop (OR ateaspoon OR tablespoon), depending on how large you want your peanut clusters, to scoop mounds onto the parchment paper or into paper cups.
- The candies will take about an hour or more to set enough to handle and longer to become firm. Transfer to an air tight container.
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