Chocolate Butterscotch Candy Clusters

Only 4 ingredients, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter mix together to coat peanuts and make easy and delicious Chocolate Butterscotch Candy Clusters.

Peanuts covered in butterscotch and chocolate candy mixture in clumps on a red plate

Chocolate Butterscotch Candy Recipe

Peanuts coated in traditional chocolate with undertones of browned butter and caramelized sugar from the butterscotch chips beautifully complement peanut butter to create this simple Chocolate Butterscotch Candy.

Great treat to add to Christmas cookie tray, this candy is unique and delicious. People ask for the recipe when they hear how simple it is to make homemade candy. Friends that eat gluten free especially enjoy this dessert recipe as it can be tricky for them to enjoy a cookie party.

DIY your own assorted chocolate box include this unique treat along with Chocolate Covered Cherry Clusters, Milk Chocolate Covered Almonds, and the super popular Chocolate Covered Peanuts.

Waxed paper lined baking sheet covered with easy homemade chocolate and butterscotch candies

Just like in our White Chocolate Haystacks chopped pretzel sticks could be mixed into too.

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Why This Recipe Works

  • Can be dropped into very small bite size pieces or more generous clusters that take several bites.
  • Gluten free candy is a nice addition to traditional Christmas cookie trays.
  • Can be made in the microwave, on the stove top or in a crock pot
  • Peanuts add a great crunch, but other nuts can be used as well
  • Can drop onto waxed paper to make clusters or can fill paper candy cups to create more uniform pieces of candy
  • This would be a great chocolate mixture to dip potato chips in to add a salty crunchy candy
  • Like Butterscotch Candy Canes these are a unique and memorable treat to enjoy at Christmas
Over head view of chocolate and butterscotch candy

How to Make Chocolate and Butterscotch Candy

If you have a microwave safe bowl large enough to hold the ingredients that is the quickest method.

Pour chips and peanut butter into the bowl.

Three ingredient chips to melt in a glass bowl to make homemade butterscotch candy

Microwave for 1 minute. Peanut butter will begin to be melted and the chips will look shinny, but still hold their shape.

Peanut butter and candy chips softening in a glass bowl

Stir well and return to the microwave for :30.

Stir again.

Swirls of partially melted chocolate and butterscotch chips swirled with peanut butter in a glass mixing bowl

Continue to microwave for :15 second intervals if necessary, stirring often until the mixture is smooth.

Add peanuts and mix well using a spatula to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.

Peanuts on a spatula about to be stirred into melted chocolate

Use a tablespoon or small cookie scoop to drop onto a wax paper covered baking sheet.

Freshly dropped shinny candy clusters on a waxed paper lined baking sheet

Chill or set in a cool place until candy is set.

Store in the refrigerator.

Crock Pot Variation

Use a 3 or 4 quart crock pot with a liner. Add butterscotch morsels and semi-sweet chocolate morsels along with peanut butter on low for 30 – 45 minutes. Stir well.

Continue to checking and stirring every 15 minutes until the chocolate is melted.

Add peanuts and stir well. Then drop on a flat surface covered with waxed paper or parchment paper.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • This chocolate mixture will get soft at room temperature, so store in the refrigerator in a self sealing bag
  • Can use creamy or crunchy peanut butter
  • We prefer lightly salted whole peanuts, but crushed peanuts work well too
  • A firm silicone spatula helps stir everything together and clean the edges of the bowl as well
  • If using the microwave find the largest microwave safe bowl that will safely fit inside the appliance
Homemade candy clusters made of chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter and peanuts on waxed paper

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Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake starts with a box mix and adds cream cheese for a surprising goodness!

Butterscotch Chocolate Candy clusters on a red plate on a white napkin

Chocolate Butterscotch Candy

Servings 50 pieces of candy
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Only 4 ingredients, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter mix together to coat peanuts and make easy and delicious Chocolate Butterscotch Candy Clusters.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 ounces butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts


  • Prepare two large baking sheets by covering with waxed paper.
  • Pour chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and peanut butter into a microwave safe mixing bowl.
  • Microwave for 30 seconds intervals and stir between each interval until melted.
  • Add peanuts and stir.
  • Use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon to drop onto wax paper. Chill to help chocolate firm up faster.


Calories: 122kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 50mgPotassium: 100mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 10IUCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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