Nutty Caramel Clusters Recipe
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Nutty Caramel Clusters Recipe

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Don't be fooled by the impressive presentation of these sweet candies. They're so easy to make, even our two young sons can help. —Charlyn Koistinen, Hayti, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 25 caramels
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup salted dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 161 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a 1-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine the caramels, butter and milk. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until caramels are melted, stirring once. Stir in the almonds, peanuts and pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until blended. Spoon over clusters. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Nutty Caramel Clusters in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p93

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Kris Countryman User ID: 1858674 138018
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"These were easy to make and quite tasty. The hardest thing about them was unwrapping the caramels."

jenny_b User ID: 1692129 54243
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"I just made several batches of these as Christmas treats. They turned out wonderful and they were so easy to make!"

jenny_b User ID: 1692129 47326
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"I have not tried using sugar-free carmel topping, but I am worried that it would not set-up firm the way they do with the traditional packaged carmels. If you are interested in experimenting, you could try it that way and if the batch didn't turn out well, it would still make a delicious topping for ice cream or another dessert!"

toodlesg User ID: 2244031 90945
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2008

"Has anyone tried this using sugar-free caramel topping?"

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