This is my second recipe in the inexpensive and easy baking category. Technically, this is not baking at all. It is, however, the easiest candy you will ever make. Or very close.
The full recipe is posted, but I highly suggest you make half unless you have 999 people on your Christmas bake-for list. That's a laughably high estimation, but in all seriousness, the full recipe makes around 150+ clusters.
When it comes to ingredients, I use store brand peanuts. I find little difference in taste and quality when compared to name brand products. I made the halved recipe and spent $9 with a yield of 76 clusters. When I first saw this recipe I almost pish-poshed the fact that a fine grade of chocolate was not used. After I tasted them, I realized why. Using a high cocoa content would make these much too rich. This is a very well balanced sweet/salty pea-nutty candy.
We have Ms. Bobbie to thank for this recipe. You may remember her from the Tea Party post earlier this year when she made us pick beans. I should have known better. I should not have doubted Ms. Bobbie. I mean, does it look like she'd steer you wrong?
One more thing. I had the absolute pleasure of working with a very talented and gifted photographer earlier this month. Her business bears her name "Morgan Trinker Photography". She photographed my sweets and you can view them HERE in a well choreographed slide show. Also, please check out her blog. Her wedding photos are beyond compare, and she brings a gentleness to every frame. So, a very special thank you to Morgan.
Until next time, I'll be up to my elbows in peanut clusters!