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This simple four-ingredient candy recipe for Monster Clusters not only delicious, but incredibly cute when decorated for Halloween.
These little treats are made with potato sticks instead of chow mein noodles and can be found in the snack-food aisle at most supermarkets. They are little shreds of potato, fried until very crisp. When coated with chocolate, they make a fabulous little sweet-savory snack that's perfect for your party.
Have your kids help make this cute and simple little recipe. They will love forming the little blobs of crispy chocolate-coated sticks and adding the little candy "eyes" is fun, too.
- 1 cup peanut butter chips (or butterscotch chips)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
- 2 cups potato sticks
- 48 red-hot candies (or miniature candy-coated chocolate candies)
Combine the peanut butter or butterscotch chips and 3/4 cup of the semisweet chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high power for 1 minute; remove and stir. Continue microwaving for 30 second intervals on high, stirring after each interval, until the mixture is melted and smooth. Then, stir in the remaining 1/4 cup chips until the mixture is smooth again; this tempers the chocolate so it will be solid at room temperature.
Remove the chocolate from the heat and stir in the potato sticks until well coated.
Drop the mixture by the spoonful onto waxed paper or parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. You make need to form the mixture a bit with your hands so it looks like the picture.
Press together the candy pieces into clusters to form "eyes." Let the little clusters stand until set; you may want to refrigerate them until the chocolate has hardened. Store covered at room temperature.
Recipe Tips and Variations
- To melt chocolate on the stovetop: Combine the peanut butter or butterscotch chips and 3/4 cup of the semisweet chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler or in a heavy small saucepan. Add water to the bottom of the double boiler; put the double boiler over medium heat. Melt the mixture until it is smooth. You'll need to stir constantly when melting the mixture in a saucepan. The double boiler doesn't need close watching. Then add the remaining 1/4 cup chips and stir until smooth.