These little babies are to die for ! They are just perfect for that quick sweet indulgence without any frills and fancies.
These are so super easy to make, and can be made in under 15 minutes. (If you have pre-dry toasted or roasted your peanuts). I tend to dry toast extra peanuts when needing to do some, and then store the extra in a sealed container, in the refrigerator. That way it makes it so much easier for when needing dry toasted peanuts! Yeah, I tend to think ahead…..sometimes.
So these little gems took me back to childhood days, when my mom would shop at Woolies. It was back in the day when Woolies had a loose chocolate and sweet counter, and you could select your own assortment of chocolates and sweets, they would be weighed and you paid. How awesome is that….real bummer that Woolies don’t do that anymore (well not here, anyway). I have seen other outlets basically doing the same concept, but on a very small-scale, but it is not the same at all….bring back the old days ! I seemed to have digressed slightly, anyway my mom always included chocolate peanut clusters in her assortment of chocolate buying. OMW ….they were totally the best.
So, after feeling a bit nostalgic the other day, I decided to recreate my childhood favorite chocolate. I decided to opt for the Cadbury’s Bournville Classic Dark Chocolate instead of the Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate, but these could totally be done with any chocolate really. I wouldn’t suggest using a baking chocolate though, I have tried that and the outcome was not great, it worked, they were edible but they just didn’t do it for me. They lacked the ultimate good chocolate taste. Definitely use a good eating chocolate for the best results.
The peanuts must be dry toasted or roasted (whichever way you prefer to do them). It is amazing the difference in taste, from ones that are dry toasted or roasted to ones that are not…HUGE ! I generally dry toast on top of the stove, and mix and stir consistently to prevent burning. Roasting nuts in the oven for me can be disastrous, as I have a tendency to get involved with other stuff and forget about the nuts and before I know it, I have burnt offerings.
Nothing bets this irresistible, dark bitter sweet crunchy peanut cluster.
Dark Chocolate Peanut Clusters
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Makes about 20 depending on the size
160 grams Cadbury’s Bournville Classic Dark Chocolate
100 grams raw peanuts
Dry-toast the raw peanuts on top of the stove until golden brown, and set aside.
Break Cadbury’s Bournville Classic Dark Chocolate into pieces and place in a bowl.
On top of stove, place a pot of a little simmering water.
Place the bowl of broken up chocolate on top of the pot of simmering water. Make sure the bowl does not touch the simmering water.
Once the chocolate has melted, remove from the stove and set aside for a few minutes.
Then, add the dry toasted raw peanuts and stir around.
On a baking tray, with a sheet of baking paper, using a dessert-spoon and a teaspoon, place dessertspoonfuls of the peanuts and chocolate on the paper. Allow for a little spreading of the chocolate.
Place in the refrigerator until set.