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Amish Zebra Cashew Clusters

Amish Zebra Cashew Clusters Recipe

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Welcome to our delightful candy recipes section! Today, we’re sharing a simple and indulgent recipe for Amish Zebra Cashew Clusters. These clusters combine the salty crunch of roasted cashews with the sweetness of white and milk chocolate, creating a treat that’s perfect for any occasion. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 12 ounces (about 2 cups) salted roasted cashews
  • 20 ounces almond bark or white chocolate
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

  1. Line Baking Sheet: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Step 2: Melt the White Chocolate

  1. Melt White Chocolate: In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the almond bark or white chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until fully melted and smooth. Alternatively, melt the white chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water.

Step 3: Coat the Cashews

  1. Combine Cashews and Chocolate: Add the salted roasted cashews to the melted white chocolate, stirring until all the cashews are well coated.
  2. Spoon Clusters: Using a spoon, drop spoonfuls of the cashew and white chocolate mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, forming small clusters.

Step 4: Melt the Milk Chocolate

  1. Melt Milk Chocolate: In a separate microwave-safe bowl, melt the milk chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until fully melted and smooth. Alternatively, melt the milk chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water.

Step 5: Create the Zebra Stripes

  1. Drizzle Milk Chocolate: Using a spoon or a piping bag with a small tip, drizzle the melted milk chocolate over the cashew clusters in a zigzag pattern to create the zebra stripes.

Step 6: Cool and Set

  1. Cool: Allow the clusters to cool and set at room temperature for about 1 hour, or place them in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to speed up the process.

Step 7: Serve

  1. Serve and Enjoy: Once the chocolate is fully set, transfer the clusters to a serving platter or store them in an airtight container. Enjoy your Amish Zebra Cashew Clusters!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Chocolate: Use high-quality chocolate for the best flavor. You can substitute the white chocolate with dark chocolate if you prefer.
  • Drizzling: For a more precise drizzle, use a piping bag or a zip-top bag with a small corner cut off.

Variations

Nutty Zebra Clusters

Mix in other types of nuts, such as almonds, pecans, or peanuts, with the cashews for a nutty variation.

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Fruity Zebra Clusters

Add 1/4 cup of dried cranberries or raisins to the cashew and white chocolate mixture for a fruity twist.

Coconut Zebra Clusters

Sprinkle shredded coconut over the clusters before the milk chocolate drizzle for a tropical flavor.

Spicy Zebra Clusters

Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or chili powder to the melted white chocolate for a spicy kick.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make these clusters ahead of time?

Yes, these clusters can be made a day or two in advance. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover clusters in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Can I freeze these clusters?

Yes, you can freeze the clusters. Place them in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze, then transfer to a freezer-safe container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

What can I serve with these clusters?

These clusters are delicious on their own but can also be served as part of a candy platter, with coffee or tea, or as a topping for ice cream.

How can I make the clusters healthier?

Use dark chocolate or sugar-free chocolate, and choose unsalted cashews for a healthier option.

Amish Zebra Cashew Clusters are a simple and indulgent treat that’s perfect for any occasion. With their salty crunch and sweet chocolate drizzle, they’re sure to be a hit. Enjoy making and sharing these delightful clusters with your family and friends!

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