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Sweet And Salty Candy Clusters

These Sweet and Salty Candy Clusters are so fun to make and they come together in no time flat.Toasted almond slivers, pretzels and raisins to give them that sweet, salty and chewy texture that’s magical. No matter your cooking skills level you can make these and they’ll turn you into the dessert hero.

Sweet And Salty Candy Clusters

Easy Sweet and Salty Candy Clusters Recipe

I’ve prepared many different cluster candies through the years, but, I always seem to come back to this ingredient combination. I’m a huge fan of Cadbury’s fruit and nut candy bars hence the reason I opted to put chewy raisins in these clusters. The recipes that inspired this sweet and salty cluster didn’t include pretzels and they were skimpy on chocolate. Now, after tweaking to make it to our taste, I wouldn’t make this candy any other way.  Fair warning, you can’t eat just one. How to make Sweet ad Salty Candy:

  • Nuts – Toasted slivered almonds.
  • Chocolate – Milk chocolate chips or semi sweet chocolate chips.
  • Solid vegetable shortening to melt with the chocolate chips. Shortening is stable at room temperature and thins the chocolate. You could use coconut oil as well.
  • Mix-ins – Golden raisins and broken pretzel sticks.
Sweet and Salty Candy Clusters

How to Make the Best Sweet and Salty Candy Clusters

At the holidays, it’s always fun to get together with friends and family to make sweets to share. Whether you’re giving them to teachers, hair dressers, Doctor’s office staff or neighbors, everyone loves homemade goodies.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Sweet and Salty Candy Clusters: Milk chocolate baking chips, toasted slivered almonds, broken pretzels, solid vegetable shortening and raisins.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: A double boiler, measuring cups and spoons, a sheet pan covered with wax paper, rubber spatula.
  • If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make your own! Find a bowl that will fit into a small saucepan without touching the water. If using a glass bowl make sure it’s tempered glass. Place the chocolate and vegetable shortening in the bowl, then place over about 1 inch of simmering water. Don’t let the bowl touch the water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate is completely smooth.
  • To toast the almonds, place them in a single layer on a sheet pan. Place into a preheated 350°F oven for 6-8 minutes or just until lightly golden and fragrant.
  • When sharing candy as a gift, remember the packaging is everything. Most candies can be gifted in pretty tins or seasonal cellophane bags. Don ‘t forget the ribbon.
  • Mason Jars are fabulous for things like this Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a jar from Very Best Baking.
  • When sharing as a gift, don’t forget to include a card telling the recipient the best way to store the homemade gift. Consider any special dietary needs of those whom you’re giving the gift of food.
  • This candy is so simple to make it’s the ideal opportunity to get everyone involved from the youngest to the oldest. That’s how memories are made.
  • Store Sweet and Salty Candy Clusters in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Sweet And Salty Candy Clusters

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Sweet And Salty Candy Clusters

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Cooling Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet-and-salty-candy-clusters
Servings: 42 servings
Calories: 88kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds toasted
  • 3 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cup golden raisins
  • 2/3 cup broken pretzel sticks


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet. Roast for 6-8 minutes, stirring as needed. Set aside to cool, while you prepare the chocolate.
  • In the top of a double boiler, melt together the chocolate and shortening until smooth. Alternately, In a microwave safe bowl, melt together 3 cups of chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of shortening. Heat in 30 second intervals, stopping to stir as needed. Continue this process until completely smooth.
  • Meanwhile, place pretzels, raisins and toasted almonds into large mixing bowl. Pour melted chocolate on top. Stir until evenly coated.
  • Using a teaspoon or a small cookie scoop. drop in clusters onto wax paper. Allow to set up for 1 hour or until and dry. May chill to speed process.
  • Store in an airtight container on the chilled or at room temperature. Bring to room temperature for serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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