Monster Clusters

Cluster candy recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 4 mins
Total: 19 mins
Servings: 24 servings

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)​

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for cluster candy
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  2. 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.

    Combine peanut butter and chocolate
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  3. Remove the chocolate from the heat and stir in the potato sticks until well coated.

    Add potato sticks
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  4. 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.

    Drop mixture on tray
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  5. 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.

    Press together candy pieces
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  • To melt chocolate on the stove top, you'll need to 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.
  • If you are taking these to a Halloween party, try to pack them on a flat tray with plastic wrap securing them. If these treats move too much, they might fall apart or easily break.


  • If you or your crowd doesn't like peanut butter, use caramel, butterscotch, or even white chocolate chips instead of the peanut butter chips.
  • If you cannot find red-hot candies, use M&M's or other round candies.
  • For a ghostly treat, use all white chocolate and make mini ghost clusters.

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