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Candy Raisin Nut Chocolate Clusters - How to Make these Tasty Treats

Updated on December 9, 2011
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Raisin Nut Chocolate Clusters

This is an easy and very versatile recipe for a great treat. You get the great combination of chocolate and raisins, or chocolate and nuts, or both. You can adjust it to what you like or what you have on hand. Around the holidays, or any time really, you can put these into little paper cups and give as gifts to neighbors, family and friends. They make great little gifts for the teacher, or music instructor or coach in your life. I like how easy they are, but the incredible flavor they have.

Raisin Nut Chocolate Clusters

Ingredients:

You will need about 7 cups of your favorite cooking chocolate. You can use chocolate chips or finer chocolate if you like. Darker chocolate has a richer look to it, but milk chocolate is creamier and tasty as well.

One cup of raisins, regular or golden raisins work well. A combination is nice

One cup of peanuts (from the bakery section, unsalted is best not cocktail or roasted)

One cup of pecans, my favorite

One cup of hazelnuts

One cup of Walnuts

Dash of Cinnamon

Dash of Cayenne Pepper

Optional: One bag of peanut butter chips, or butterscotch chips. This definitely adds more flavors, and I like the simplicity of the flavors of the nuts and raisins myself. Also optional, flaked coconut

I don't have all the nuts on hand usually, and like to use maybe two different kinds of nuts. Even just the peanuts and raisins make a great treat. Mix and match and make it your own.


Peanuts
Peanuts
Raisins
Raisins

Directions for Raisin Nut Chocolate Clusters

Directions:

To start, have ready some cookie sheets, that are lined with parchment paper. Set aside. I like to make smaller clusters, as I can give more away, and they seem more like candy sized treats to me. Some people like to make larger ones though, and its totally up to you and your preference and need.

In a double broiler, very slowly heat your chocolate, cinnamon and cayenne. The less humidity in the air, the better, and avoid steam. Hot water and patience works best. Another good tip is to not have the water inside the double broiler touching the bottom of the pan of chocolate.

During the melting process, combine your choice of nuts and raisins together in a big bowl.

When the chocolate is smooth and melted, pour in the nut and raisin mixture, and gently stir until all of it is coated with chocolate. Simply take a spoon and drop clusters of this mixture onto your parchment paper covered trays or cookie sheets. At this point, you can kind of push the cluster down, so its more flat, or you can leave it in a clump. Different looks, same fun candies. You can put these trays into the refrigerator to harden.

A nice presentation is in a little tin, if you are giving as a gift, or just a pretty paper plate covered with cellophane or plastic wrap. If you put them into little paper wrappers, it has a really nice effect, but is not necessary. Some people like to wrap them up individually, and tie a little ribbon around.

Store in an airtight container to keep freshest longest.

When its Christmas, you can add broken up pieces of peppermint, and just add that to the chocolate for a chocolate peppermint cluster.

Whatever you do, have fun, put the music on as you make these, and enjoy your chocolates.

Do you like chocolate, raisins and nuts together?

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hendrika, thank you so much for stopping by and for the comment! I love how easy these are and tasty too.

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      Hendrika 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      These clusters sound very easy to make and even tastier. I will try them. I love the combination of nuts, raisins and chocolate.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thanks Phoenix, I appreciate your comments. I love chocolate "anything" pretty much haha.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      BJBenson, thank you, and I hear that! If I keep reading everyone's tasty ideas and recipes I am going to have to diet for sure! Seriously, what a great place to find new ideas, on hubpages.

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      PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

      I bet these are tasty!

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      BJBenson 7 years ago from USA

      All these food hubs make me so hungry. Wonderful hub.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Nifty, yes it sounds so odd at first. Its really good though. My husbands favorite chocolate has chili in it, I mean in a candy bar form. Its by Lindt chocolate, I believe. Thank you for stopping by and for the comment.

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      I've heard of using chili powder or cayenne powder with chocolate before, but have never tried it. Thanks for sharing oceansnsunsets!

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Ethel, thank you for stopping by and for your comment, I appreciate it.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Unusual and yummy sounding. Sounds delicious