Quickest, Easiest Christmas Candy: Choco-Butter Nut Clusters

This is one of my favorite holiday treats to make because it is FAST!  This is a no hassle candy which makes a great thrifty gift for co-workes, clients, teachers, bus drivers, mailman, or pretty much anyone.  With only three easy steps, this candy goes from cupboard to candy box!

Easy Nut Clusters
makes 2 to 3 dozen

12 oz. semi sweet Chocolate chips
6 oz. butterscotch chips
1 lb nuts
optional: 1/4 bar of gulf wax**

Gulf wax is a candy grade paraffin wax found in the baking isle near the gelatin and jam making supplies.  It helps the chocolate harden so it won’t melt when handled.  It also makes it easier to mix the chocolate with the nuts.  A box comes with 4 bars of wax.

Step One: Melt Chocolate and Butterscotch

double boiler

Using a double boiler, melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together.  If you choose to use the Gulf wax, which I always do, you can add it in as well.  Cut the 1/4 bar of wax into as small of chunks as possible.  This helps it melt faster.  Stir occasionally to help the mixture melt faster.

Step Two: Mix the melted chocolate with the nuts

Place all your mixed nuts into a large bowl. You can use peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds or whatever nuts you want.  I usually just purchase a container or two of mixed nuts.  Pour melted chocolate over the nuts and stir until all the nuts are completely covered.

Step 3: Spoon out clusters.

spooning clusters

Spoon clusters to your desired size onto baking sheets lined with wax paper.  I usually use a tablespoon or a large soup spoon to measure the size of my clusters.  Place baking sheets with clusters into refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill and harden.

As promised, that’s it and you’re done! Store clusters chilled in an airtight container for up to two to three weeks.  I usually double the batch to make a lot of these since they are so easy and quick to make.  The butterscotch chips help give extra flavor to the candy.  Considering the output, this choco-cluster gives you great bang for your time and buck!

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