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Nutty Caramel Clusters

Rated as 4.81 out of 5 Stars

"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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15 m servings
Original recipe yields 18 servings


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  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.


  • This recipe was tested with Hershey caramels.
  • This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.


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Most helpful positive review

These were delicious! I made them with cashews, pecans, and peanuts and dipped them fully in chocolate. Very easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!!

Most helpful critical review

Definitely spray the wax paper- these stick! They were average. Easy and fun for the kids but I don't see making these again in the future. There are tastier recipes made the same way- melt c...

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These were delicious! I made them with cashews, pecans, and peanuts and dipped them fully in chocolate. Very easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!!

These are wonderful and very easy to make! I also agree with the other reviewers that these should be completely dipped in chocolate to avoid the stickiness.

Ohhhhhhhh so yummy.Wouldn't change a thing here.Just use a good brand of caramels.

So, I'm not a big fan for microwaves... so I did everything as directed in our double boiler. Took much longer but well worth the time!

Oh my, these are so delicious, and so easy to make, they are on my list for xmas every year now. All of my friends loved them, said they were as good as store bought. The only thing I changed wa...

These were great next time I'll follow the reviewers advice and dip fully into chocolate. I thought they were really sticky to get off the wax paper and to get off the plate.

WOW! These are really good. The hardest part is opening all the caramels! I followed others advice and dipped the whole candy into the chocolate. It reminds me of a turtle type candy. Thanks for...

I used the comments of others and used a double boiler...also used cashews & pecans and fully dipped in chocolate. Great!! Thanks for the recipe!

These are incredibly easy and delicious! I used them for neighbor gifts around Christmas. You can make a lot in a very short amount of time, and they look like they take more effort than they re...