What if I tell you, there is this treat which you can make at home; all you need is 10-15 minutes, some almonds and some chocolate? I know right!! Well, these 3 ingredients chocolate almond clusters are a people pleaser and a crowd holder for sure! They are super easy to make and can make great gifts to give your friends and family. They can be as fancy as you want them to be! From using the best chocolate you can get your hands on to using the leftover chocolate you have at your home; these can be made just like that!
I haven’t even mention the best part yet! These chocolate almond clusters look so fancy that people will be fooled that you have bought them from some gourmet chocolate shop. Anyone and everyone can make them and the variations are a thousand! I am not even exaggerating! I like to sprinkle it with some sea salt to cut the sweetness and make them classier, you can totally skip it if you want!
JUST THREE INGREDIENTS TO MAKE THESE CHOCOLATE ALMOND CLUSTERS
I am using milk compound chocolate here as it sets properly and there is no need to temper the compound chocolate! Milk chocolate goes really well with almonds and for me it is not too sweet like white chocolate and not on the bitter side like dark! But if you want you can use any of them according to your taste preferences.
I am using good quality almonds here, which I am roasting first and then mixing them with melted milk compound chocolate. Roasting of almonds can be done in the oven or on the stove. Evenly roasted almonds are better done in the oven if you have it! Roasted almonds bring out the best nutty, earthy flavor which is great when combined with milk chocolate.
3. SEA SALT
I like to sprinkle some sea salt on my chocolate almond clusters for it to cut the sweetness and giving it a hint of extra flavor! If you want you can totally skip it too!
TIPS TO MAKE THESE CHOCOLATE ALMOND CLUSTERS
- It is always better to use a good quality chocolate as you will have a better taste then.
- Make sure after roasting the almonds, you cool them properly before combining them with chocolate as otherwise it will affect the crunchiness of the chocolate almond clusters.
- Taste your almonds before making these chocolate almond clusters because if your almonds are old or bitter then it will ruin the flavor of these clusters.
- The chocolate almond clusters needs to set properly before consuming. You can leave it in room temperature which will set it in few hours or even slide them in your fridge for few minutes and they will be set.
- If you are not eating/serving these chocolate almond clusters right away, store them in an air-tight container in your fridge until needed. Just make sure to remove them from the fridge a few minutes before serving as we do not want anyone to break their teeth after all!
VARIATIONS FOR THESE CHOCOLATE ALMOND CLUSTERS
- Instead of milk chocolate, you can use dark or white chocolate according to your preferences.
- You can even use any other nut instead of almonds like hazelnuts or pecans or cashews.
- A combination of nuts and dried berries like cranberries can be super yummy and festive too!
- Instead of sea salt you can also sprinkle some toasted coconut shavings if you are a fan of coconut. You can even brush off some gold luster dust after the chocolate clusters set to give it a royal look!
- If you have access to dried frozen raspberry bits, you can even sprinkle that over these chocolate almond clusters.
- Instead of sea salt you can also pipe some dark or white chocolate lines over these clusters to give them a tiger effect!
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Chocolate almond clusters recipe
- 1 + ½ cup almonds
- 1 + ¼ compound milk chocolate
- Sea salt
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread almonds on it and roast them in the oven or you can even roast them on the stove. Let them cool down properly.
- Chop the milk chocolate and put it in a microwave safe bowl and melt the chocolate by heating it in 30 second intervals.
- Combine the melted chocolate and almonds in the bowl until the almonds are properly coated with chocolate.
- With the help of a spoon put the mixture on a parchment lined tray or plate like a small mountain. Make sure to have space in between each cluster.
- Sprinkle some sea salt on them and slide them into the fridge for 10 minutes and let it set properly. Bring them out and enjoy!
- If you like my chocolate almond clusters recipe and happen to make it in your kitchen, do tag me on Instagram and share pictures with me using #Bakewithshivesh. Happy Baking!
If you like my chocolate almond clusters recipe and happen to make it in your kitchen, do tag me on Instagram and share pictures with me using #Bakewithshivesh. Happy Baking!