Learning how to make chocolate almonds is as easy as melting some chocolate and grabbing a spoon! These bite-sized chocolate almond clusters are filled with toffee bits and drizzled with salted caramel sauce for a little extra decadence!
*Please note* this post was originally published in February 2017. The photos and text have been edited but the recipe remains the same.
I know, I know, I made you think I was all healthy and stuff. Really, I am. Those recipes will come, I promise! I just couldn’t let National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day go by without letting you know about these little gems. There really is a National Day for this. I love it!
I’m not someone who can go without something sweet after dinner; however, eating a piece of chocolate cake every night is not realistic so I try to keep smaller, less indulgent treats around to satisfy that nagging sweet tooth of mine. Though I do keep a giant bar of dark chocolate in my pantry, and almost always have a square or two of it after lunch or dinner, but I also like to change it up with things like these chocolate covered almonds. At least I’m getting the benefits of the nuts too, right?! It’s not all bad.
Are these chocolate almond clusters a healthier treat?
If you want to make these clusters less naughty, you can leave out the toffee bits…but that would be irresponsible in my opinion. They’re definitely not the worst treat, I’d say. I mean, almonds are great for you!
Regardless of whether you put the toffee in or not, this recipe (can I really call it a recipe?) consists of only a few ingredients. Almonds…whaaaat!? And chocolate. Oh, and sea salt, toffee bits and salted caramel sauce.
I buy my almonds from Costco in a big bag, as it always seems I need almonds for something. I am one of those people that likes to make my own almond butter (it’s really easy), plus almonds go well in so many things. Or you can make almond flour! I digress.
How do you make chocolate almond clusters?
Regardless of where you buy your almonds, you will want to buy natural, whole almonds with the skins still on. As for the chocolate (YAY chocolate), I usually use semi-sweet chocolate baking bars. You can also use bittersweet if you really like that dark chocolate taste. Chocolate chips will work too.
The toffee bits are the little Skor bits you can find along with the chocolate chips in the baking aisle; they are SO delicious. Topping the almond clusters is a light sprinkle of coarse sea salt and a drizzle of salted caramel sauce. I just posted my own salted caramel sauce a couple of days ago, which is perfect over these little chocolate morsels.
These almond clusters are super quick to make! Just throw all of the ingredients other than the salted caramel sauce (melt your chocolate) in a large bowl and mix everything together, then drop spoonfuls of almonds onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. You will want to drizzle the caramel sauce after the clusters have set in the fridge for a while, then put them back into the fridge so the sauce firms up. They will still be a little sticky, which makes it even more fun to eat!
It’s the perfect little treat to make if you’re headed to a friend’s house and you don’t want to go empty handed. They’re also great as a little evening sweetness if you have a craving for a treat but don’t want to over-indulge.
These are an EASY TREAT! I have a few other easy treats you might like:Print
Salted Caramel Chocolate Almond Clusters
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 25-30 clusters 1x
Learning how to make chocolate almonds is as easy as melting some chocolate and grabbing a spoon!
- 2 cups whole, natural almonds
- 8 oz dark baking chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup toffee bits (I used Skor)*
- Salted caramel sauce
- Sea salt, for sprinkling
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, melt the chopped baking chocolate in the microwave, heating in 30 second increments to avoid seizing. Alternatively, you can use a double boiler.
- Once the chocolate is thoroughly melted, add the almonds and the toffee bits and stir to combine. Ensure all of the almonds are totally covered. No almond left behind!
- Using a spoon, drop clusters of the chocolate covered almonds onto the baking sheet – you get to determine the size of your clusters!
- Place the baking sheet into the fridge for 10 minutes until firm.
- Warm the salted caramel sauce, then drizzle over the almond clusters. Lightly sprinkle the sea salt over the clusters.
- Place the baking sheet back into the fridge for about 10 minutes, until the sauce has hardened.
*Toffee bits are optional, but so delicious!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Category: easy treats
- Method: no bake
- Cuisine: american
Keywords: chocolate almonds // how to make chocolate almonds // chocolate caramel nut clusters recipe
DROOOOL. These look SO good, and they;re exactly the little sweet treat I crave every night after dinner. Saving this recipe right now!
They’re the perfect little treat for the evenings! Hope you enjoy!
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This recipe would be perfect for my after dinner sweet tooth too! I love the addition of the toffee bits!
Yeees I need that after dinner sweet too. Thanks Tasia!
Anything with the words “salted caramel” in the title absolutely get my attention straight away! YUM! These sound incredible!!
RIGHT!? Me too. I love salted caramel so much!!! Thanks Alex!
I qouldn’t be able to stop at one! These are so addicting with all of my faves! Pinning! xo
So, so addicting Kim! Thanks my friend!
Don’t mind if I do – these babies looks irresistible. Almonds, chocolate and salted caramel is just about as perfect combination as I can think of – my favorite nuts in two of my favorite coatings. Seeing how easy they are to make seals the deal:)
The beeeeest!! I love these little morsels too. They’re almost too easy to make 😉
Katherine, my heart has a special place for desserts like these!! I love the combo of sweet and salty…just absolutely divine!
I agree, Haylie. I have a special place for this too! It’s a terrific combination, and so snackable!
Never made clusters before. This is perfect occasion … great suggestion Katherine !
Thanks Davorka! You would love these I think!
Salty and sweet combos are my jam so I’m loving these!! I could seriously eat the entire batch…do I have to share 😉 ?? Hope you’re having a great week, my friend!
You definitely don’t have to share (I don’t)! 😉 Thanks Dawn!
I love simple treats like this, Katherine! Nutritious-ish and totally satisfying!
Yes – nutritious-ish is absolutely the way to describe this!
These chocolate caramel almond clusters sound HEAVENLY! I just love the ingredients and how delicious that texture is Katherine! What a great recipe.
They are so lovely, Christie! I’m so addicted. It’s dangerous! Thank you my friend!
I always have that large bag of almonds from Costco too. They’re so great for snacking and such a great price. As for these clusters, I definitely wouldn’t forego the toffee bits. And the caramel is a nice touch. These would be a huge hit in my house!
Sooo great for snacking! I almost always buy the bags of nuts from Costco when I’m there. Thank you friend!
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