|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 13g||16%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||31%|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||9%|
|Total Sugars 11g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||4%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Who says you can only eat cereal for breakfast? Cheerio Clusters are good any time of day! These easy drop candies have a light and crunchy texture (thanks, Cheerios!) and an intense chocolate flavor due to the combination of three different chocolates. If you want to simplify the steps and ingredients, you can also replace the three chocolates with 11 ounces of just one type of chocolate (dark, milk, or white).
Peanuts are great in Cheerio Clusters, but you can mix it up by adding whatever nuts you like. You can also try throwing in a handful of dried fruit, like cranberries, raisins, or chopped dried apricots.
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3 ounces (1/2 cup) semisweet chocolate, or chocolate chips
5 ounces (3/4 cup) white chocolate, or white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups cereal (e.g., Cheerios or similar)
1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts
Gather the ingredients.
Finely chop the unsweetened chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and white chocolate using a large, sharp chef's knife. They should be in equally sized pieces, smaller than an almond, for fast and even melting.
Combine the chopped unsweetened chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and white chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave in 30-second increments until the chocolate is melted and smooth, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating.
Add the cheerios and peanuts once the chocolate is melted, smooth, and a uniform texture. Stir them in with a spatula, until the cereal and nuts are well-coated in chocolate and no dry spots remain.
Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper.
Use a small candy scoop or a teaspoon to drop small spoonfuls of the candy onto the prepared baking sheet. (Alternately, drop them into small paper candy cups to make them easier to serve!) While the chocolate is still wet, decorate the top of each cluster with chopped nuts, a white chocolate chip, or dried fruit, if desired.
Refrigerate candies after they are formed until the chocolate is completely set. Store the candies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month. For the best taste and texture, let them come to room temperature before serving.