Valentine Chocolate Almond Clusters
You don’t need an expensive (and sometimes not all that good) box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day when you can have these. Homemade always tastes better.
They’re easy, no-bake, and ready in about 15 minutes.
Whether you want to surprise someone special with these as dessert after a romantic dinner or serve them with wine and a cheese board at a “Gal-entine’s Day” celebration with your girlfriends, they work equally well in both places.
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The almonds are coated in dark chocolate. I like dark chocolate bars for melting purposes in this situation rather than chocolate chips which have stabilizers in them and can be resistant to melting.
But if chips are all you have, they should be fine as long as you take your time melting them.
The dark chocolate really pops when there’s a hint of salt.
Valentine Chocolate Almond Clusters
Homemade always tastes better and these are easy, no-bake, and ready in about 15 minutes. The almonds are coated in dark chocolate. I like dark chocolate bars for melting purposes in this situation rather than chocolate chips.I went a little crazy with Valentine's sprinkles and I love salty-and-sweet things and added a pinch of sea salt flakes to the top of each cluster but it's optional.
Yield: 12 clusters (recipe can easily be scaled up)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: about 15 minutes, for setting up
- 6 ounces dark chocolate (I recommend a bar rather than chocolate chips if possible), coarsely chopped and melted
- 1 cup Fisher Whole Natural Almonds
- sprinkles, to taste
- sea salt flakes, optional and to taste
- To a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate and heat on high power to melt, about 90 seconds total, stopping every 15 seconds to check and stir.
- After chocolate can be stirred smooth, add the almonds and stir to coat.
- To a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, drop almonds into about 12 evenly-sized small clusters.
- Evenly top with sprinkles and optional sea salt, to taste.
- Place baking sheet in the fridge or freezer to set up, or they will set up in a few hours at room temp. Clusters will keep airtight at room temp for up to 2 weeks, in the fridge for up to 1 month, and in the freezer for up to 4 months. Bring to room temp before serving.
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