Valentine Chocolate Almond Clusters
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Valentine Chocolate Almond Clusters — You don’t need a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day when you can have these!! Easy, no-bake, ready in 15 minutes, and homemade always tastes better!!
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt 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 “Galentine’s Day” celebration with your girlfriends, they work equally well in both places.
I used Fisher Whole Natural Almonds. Fisher Nuts are preservative free and non-GMO Project Verified. Fisher has nine varieties of recipe nuts certified as Heart Healthy by the American Heart Association. The resealable bag helps keep the nuts fresh for longer. Look for their new packaging on store shelves.
The almonds are coated in dark chocolate. 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. The dark chocolate really pops when there’s a hint of salt.
What’s in Almond Clusters?
To make the dark chocolate covered almonds, you’ll need:
- Dark chocolate
- Fisher Whole Natural Almonds
- Sea salt
How to Make Almond Clusters
Simply melt the chocolate, stir in the almonds, and drop clusters of almonds onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
I prefer melting the dark chocolate in the microwave, but you’re welcome to do so on the stovetop as well. If melting chocolate on the stove, place it into a heat-safe bowl and then place that bowl over a small pot of boiling water. This will prevent the chocolate from scorching.
Once the clusters have been formed, top with sea salt and sprinkles. Then, let the dark chocolate sea salt almonds set fully before enjoying.
Can I Make These in Advance?
Yes! The almond clusters will keep airtight at room temperature 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 temperature before serving.
Can I Use Another Type of Chocolate?
Of course! Note that milk and dark chocolate bars melt the easiest, while white chocolate tends to seize up.
Tips for Making This No-Bake Chocolate Dessert
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.
I made this easy no-bake dessert for Valentine’s Day, but you can also make this recipe for Christmas, Easter, or another holiday. Simply switch out the type of sprinkles you use!
If gifting these clusters, I recommend putting them into festive mini cupcake liners. It’s not necessary, but it makes for a nice presentation.
- 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.
Storage: 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g
More Easy Valentine’s Day Desserts:
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Loaded Soft and Chewy M&M Cookie Pie — If you like M&M’s cookies, you’ll love this biggie version! Super easy and always a big hit!
Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Pink Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting – Much faster, easier, and more foolproof to make than cookies and great tangy cream cheese frosting!
Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting –Super soft and tender cookies that just melt in your mouth! Goofproof cookies everyone loves! Perfect for Valentine’s Day!, Mother’s Day, or Easter!
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies – Rich, decadent, red velvet brownies topped with tangy cream cheese swirls!! PERFECT for Valentine’s Day, the Christmas season, or anytime you’re craving red velvet!
Strawberry Cookie Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting — Soft, chewy, and bursting with strawberry flavor!! The frosting and sprinkles make these easy, goof-proof bars taste even better! Perfect for parties and holidays!
Red Velvet Gooey Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies — The softest, moistest, gooiest cookies ever! They’re so buttery they just melt in your mouth!
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