Only 4 ingredients, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter mix together to coat peanuts and make easy and delicious Chocolate Butterscotch Candy Clusters.
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.
Just like in our White Chocolate Haystacks chopped pretzel sticks could be mixed into too.
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
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.
Microwave for 1 minute. Peanut butter will begin to be melted and the chips will look shinny, but still hold their shape.
Stir well and return to the microwave for :30.
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.
Use a tablespoon or small cookie scoop to drop onto a wax paper covered 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
More Easy Dessert Recipes:
Mini Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes tastes so good on a vanilla wafer crust.
Orange Jello Salad is a classic for holidays and picnics!
Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake starts with a box mix and adds cream cheese for a surprising goodness!
Chocolate Butterscotch Candy
- 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.
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