Sweet and salty Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters are made with toasted mixed nuts, dark chocolate, and a touch of salt. They’re super easy to make and they make elegant edible gifts!
Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters
This is my ultimate, DIY, edible gift for any occasion that calls for edible gifts.
In fact, I consider it the Taj Mahal of sweet and salty.
After you make this once, you’ll literally crave the mixed nuts, with dark chocolate, and that addictive sweet and salty flavor.
If not for your own enjoyment, make this THE gift that keeps on giving your special someone a whole lot of enjoyment.
Inside-out chocolate clusters
In the nut-cluster world, there are mega recipes out there for chocolatey clusters…and the nuts are invisible.
But, for years, I’ve been doing it the other way around…and I’m sharing it with you!
Nothing against smothery-clusters, but I wanna eat MORE sweet and salty, and LESS gobs of sugar…more like a healthy snack with a touch of decadence.
We know I’m always trying to reduce the ingredient-guilt thing and keep it dah-licious?
This one’s a jackpot!
This recipe is as easy as toasting, melting, drizzling, sprinkling, cooling, and breaking apart. In that order.
How to make chocolate nut clusters
Step 1: Chop and toast the mixed nuts (I use a toaster oven, or large oven, or heat them in a skillet on low heat on the stove, stirring frequently).
Hot tip: I like to buy raw, unsalted nuts so I can control the salt, as well as skip any added oils by toasting them myself, without oil.
For this recipe, I used almonds, cashews, pecans, and pistachios, but use whatever you like!
Step 2: Melt the chocolate the EASY way (which is to microwave it with coconut oil in a pyrex measuring cup).
Step 3: Drizzle the melted chocolate over the mixed nuts
Step 4: Sprinkle salt over the nuts while the chocolate is still warm (so it will stick!)
Step 5: Refrigerate (or freeze) the baking sheet of chocolatey nuts until the chocolate sets up (hardens).
Step 6: Remove the baking sheet and break into nut clusters with your hands.
* See full recipe below
What’s the best salt for chocolate?
I recommend Truffle salt for this recipe. (this post is not sponsored…I just love this salt!)
Truffle salt is THE bacon of the seasoning world with HUGE flavor and aroma. Not as inexpensive as regular salt, but a little goes a looooong way.
Find it at Whole Foods or specialty retail grocers…and don’t skip it, unless you’re *allergic. (*Truffles are a fungus, so know your allergies, and eat responsibly. I’ve never known anyone to be allergic, but it can happen.)
FYI: You can get Truffle Salt delivered to your doorstep…here’s a *4oz glass jar.
It’s an excellent value for the quality and cost. (*This affiliate link gives me a small commission for your purchase, so thank you if you decide to buy. No obligation, of course).
Other ways to use Truffle Salt:
- mac and cheese
- mashed potatoes
- pretty much any carb-y foods
So many ways to serve Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters
- party snacks
- edible gifts
- stocking stuffers
- game-day grub
- lunch box snacks
- outdoor eats
- movie night snacks
No matter what the occasion, these lil dudes will make you think about them long after they’re gone. So, get ready, yo!
Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters Ingredients
- unsalted mixed nuts
- semisweet chocolate chips
- coconut oil
- gourmet salt (like truffle salt or pink Himalayan salt)
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Salted Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters
- 2 cups Unsalted Mixed Nuts loosely chopped
- 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/8 tsp Salt truffle salt or pink Himalayan salt
- Place NUTS on a baking sheet under low-flame oven-broiler for two-minute intervals until lightly toasted; transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment to cool; set aside.
- Place CHOCOLATE CHIPS and COCONUT OIL in microwave-safe bowl; heat in 1 minute intervals until thoroughly melted, stirring on each interval.
- Drizzle melted chocolate over mixed nuts.
- Sprinkle SALT over the surface of nuts and chocolate.
- Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes to set the chocolate; remove; break into clusters.
- Chocolate clusters can be stored at room temperature or refrigerated…but they won’t last long because they're delicious!