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Nutty Caramel Clusters

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling


1-1/2 dozen

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
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  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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  • Jane
    Dec 19, 2016

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  • Kris Countryman
    Dec 12, 2009

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

  • jenny_b
    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
    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
    Oct 23, 2008

    Has anyone tried this using sugar-free caramel topping?

  • loisbt
    Dec 14, 2007

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