Recipe: National Peanut Cluster Day

Chocolate Peanut Clusters

These sweet-and-salty treats are a perfect combination of salty peanuts and sweet chocolate. There are several versions of the peanut cluster, such as the caramel cluster, butterscotch cluster and the traditional peanut cluster. Did you know that peanuts have higher antioxidant levels compared to grapes, green tea, spinach, tomatoes and carrots?

Peanut clusters have been around for many years, but 1912 they were made popular by the “Goo Goo Cluster,” which is a candy bar with marshmallow nougat, caramel and roasted peanuts covered in chocolate. Peanut clusters are easy to make, and below is a quick recipe for you to try today!


Yields 48 candies.

  • 1⁄2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1⁄2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening (not butter, margarine, spread or oil)
  • 1 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts


  1. Place chips and shortening in small microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave at high 1 to 1 1⁄2 minutes, or until chips are melted and the mixture is smooth when stirred.
  3. Stir in peanuts.
  4. Drop by teaspoonful into 1-inch diameter candy or petit four papers.
  5. Refrigerate until firm; about 30 minutes. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.


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