Chocolate almond clusters

22 December 2010
by Phuoc

Oh my… Is it really the end of the year already? I must be having fun somewhere along the line because time sure is flying past me very quickly. It has been an extremely busy time lately; one would expect work to slow down a bit at this time of the year but it doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment at my workplace. To keep myself from going (more) insane there are social events happening left, right and centre that I attend to and as a result, I am normally run down at the end of the day.

Baking is suppose to be my time where I seek solace, but I haven’t been able to do so as I’d rather laze about doing nothing instead. However, I feel somewhat incomplete not making something, especially this time of the year, where I love to make edible gifts to share. So here’s a quick recipe for easy peasy chocolates to whip up for Christmas (or anytime really).


Makes about 22 5cm clusters

230g silvered almonds (roughly)

300g milk chocolate (or use half white and half milk chocolate)

Extra chocolate for decorating, melted

  1. Preheat oven to 180C (360F).
  2. Evenly spread a layer of almonds on a baking tray and toast for 10 minutes until slightly golden.
  3. Melt chocolate and throw in almonds, stir gently to combine.
  4. Spoon tablespoonfuls of the chocolate/almond mixture onto baking paper.
  5. Decorate clusters with extra melted chocolate.

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  1. chocolatesuze

    mmm i like the word clusters

  2. Karen | C&C

    Suze… even more than ‘nub’?

    Ummm Phuoc… me likey and me wanty. Now.

  3. kristy @ ksayerphotography

    These look so good! and so much better than chocolate covered almonds you can buy, because the chocolate ratio is higher 😛

  4. dario @ foodpixels

    Chocolate & almonds, just nice, always; and I like the idea of edible gifts ∞

  5. Isis-Rae

    Did you bake these last night???? after our late night picnic???

  6. MelbaToast

    Wow – they seem really simple. I need to make something sweet for Xmas day sweeties so might give these a go.

  7. Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul

    Ooh! These are sexy! And how simple are they to make? Love the decorations too!

  8. Richard Elliot

    Great photo. Inspiration from your workshop?

  9. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I like that additional little drizzle of chocolate, looks easy and yummy.

  10. Paula

    Definitely going to make me some of these! Love any little treats that are simple to whip up!

  11. FFichiban

    ‘Nub’ is the epitome of awesomewords!! As these are to awesomeclusters!

  12. mademoiselle délicieuse

    No, more baking less working!

    Merry Christmas, Phuoc, and I hope you get to reclaim (some) sanity soon =)

  13. Sarah @ For the Love of Food

    Love the use of chocolate as gifts – the drizzle of different coloured choc on top makes it really special. Lovely idea!

  14. Phuoc

    Chocolatesuze: Hehe.. clusters..

    Karen: They are soo delish! Mmmmm…

    Kristy: I like the way you think! Higher choc ratio is definitely better!

    Dario: Giving edible gifts is the best!

    Isis: No I didn’t.. I’m not that crazy…

    MelbaToast: Awesome!

    Peter: Thanks! And they are addictive to eat as well!

    Richard: Thanks! I try my best but it still won’t be the same..

    Sylvie: Thanks!

    Paula: Cool! Let me know how you go.

    FFichiban: Hehe.. Thanks dude!

    Mademoiselle délicieuse: I know.. I wish! Work is killing my life at the moment!

    Sarah: Thanks! You can’t go wrong with chocolate; everyone loves chocolate.

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