Sweet & Salty Chocolate Caramel Nut Clusters
Christmas Party food should always include homemade candy. These Sweet & Salty Chocolate Caramel Nut Clusters are the perfect addition to any holiday celebration.
Some folks call these Chocolate pecan turtle clusters or nut clusters. No matter what you may call them, we all agree they are so good, especially at Christmas.
We make our Caramel from scratch in this nut clusters recipe! You can do it too with our easy recipe. Grab your candy thermometer and let’s get started!
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Chocolate Caramel Nut Clusters Recipe
Begin by preparing your baking pans with parchment paper.
Then cluster the nuts before you begin making the caramel. We made both Cashew and Pecan Nut Clusters but you can choose whichever one you prefer the most or use both also!
Cooking the Caramel will take around twenty minutes with constant stirring so be prepared.
Be sure to cover every nut with caramel when you begin to drizzle it on. The caramel is the glue that makes the nuts into clusters.
Time to turn these into chocolate pecan turtle clusters or cashew turtle clusters, the choice is yours. We did both.
After melting the chocolate in the microwave you’ll spoon it onto the caramel. Allow setting for about 20 minutes.
Enjoy your turtle nut clusters!
Chocolate Nut Clusters Recipe
- 2½ Cups unsalted Pecans
- 2½ Cups lightly salted whole cashews
- 2 Cups packed light brown sugar
- 1 Cup light corn syrup
- 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 12 oz. milk chocolate chips
- 1 Cup (2 Sticks) Unsalted Butter (not margarine)
- 1 tsp. shortening
- 1 tsp. caramel extract
- Line several cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Toast the pecans in a skillet over medium heat for several minutes. Stir frequently. This whole process will take less than 5 minutes. Stay with it, they burn easily.
- Arrange pecans onto the parchment paper in clusters of three.
- Arrange 4 or 5 whole cashews onto parchment paper in small clusters
- Time to make the Caramel
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the brown sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk stirring constantly
- Reduce the heat and continue to stir until it reaches Soft-ball stage between 234°-240°
- Remove from heat and stir in the caramel extract
- Drizzle the caramel over the prepared nuts
- Melt the milk chocolate chips in the microwave at 30 second intervals stirring after each interval
- Add the shortening to the melted milk chocolate and stir to dissolve
- Carefully pour the melted chocolate on top of the caramel covered nuts.
- Allow the chocolate to set.
- Serve and enjoy!
Because we want that delectable Sweet & Salty crunchy combo and the pecans are unsalted, we sprinkle them with Sea Salt after spooning the chocolate on top.
Go ahead and grab our Sweet & Salty Candied Pecans recipe! They are great as party food, snack, and even on salads.
More Merry Christmas Cookies & Candy Recipes
- Maple Walnut Fudge Recipe
- Triple Nut Bar Cookies Recipe
- Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars Recipe
- Christmas Magic Cookie Bars Recipe
- Reindeer Rice Krispies Treats
- Hershey’s Santa Hat Brownie Bites
- Easy Festive Christmas Bark Recipe
Oh my gosh – those look AMAZING! mmmmmmm…..
Well these look mouth watering and delicious! You can’t beat the chocolate-caramel combination 🙂
How much butter?
2 Sticks unsalted butter. (1 Cup) Thank you for asking. I have updated the recipe to include that info.
These sound delicious Shirley I love Nut, caramel and chocolate together
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I think these look delicious I like that the nuts are sticking out of them so you see what your eating. Lots of nuts yummy.
Those even LOOK pretty!!
These look delicious & amazing!
These are definitely going on my to make list for the holidays! Delicious! I love the sweet and salty combo, too.
Shirley these look DIVINE!! I definitely pinned this – mainly because they look so good AND easy to make. Love that you could use any type of nuts you want on these. Salty and sweet — is there anything better???