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Valentine’s Day Chocolate & Nut Clusters: Perfect Homemade Gift

Valentine’s Day Chocolate & Nut Clusters: Perfect Homemade Gift

This Valentine’s Day, surprise your loved ones with a heartwarming, homemade treat that’s as delightful to make as it is to gift. Our “Valentine’s Day Chocolate & Nut Clusters” recipe combines the rich decadence of high-quality dark chocolate with the crunchy goodness of Australian dry-roasted almonds and cashews, all sweetened by a mix of dried fruits. Whether you’re looking to impress a special someone or just treat yourself, these chocolate clusters are the perfect gesture of love.

Ingredients:

  • 200g high-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids or above)
  • 100g Australian dry-roasted almonds, roughly chopped
  • 100g Australian dry-roasted cashews, roughly chopped
  • 50g dried fruit mix (such as sultanas, chopped Medjool dates, and currants)
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • Optional: A few drops of vanilla extract or orange zest for an added flavour twist

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Start by chopping the dry-roasted almonds and cashews from Sweeties Fruit and Nuts. If the dried fruit pieces are large, chop them into smaller, bite-sized pieces. This ensures an even distribution of flavours in each bite.
  2. Melt the Chocolate: Break the dark chocolate into small pieces and melt gently. Use a double boiler or microwave in 20-second bursts, stirring in between, until smooth.
  3. Combine the Ingredients: Once melted, cool the chocolate slightly before stirring in the nuts, dried fruit, and a pinch of sea salt. Add vanilla extract or orange zest now, if using.
  4. Form the Clusters: On a baking tray lined with baking paper, spoon dollops of the chocolate mixture to form clusters. Their rustic appearance adds charm.
  5. Chill: Refrigerate for about 1 hour, or until set and hard.
  6. Serve or Gift: Serve these delightful clusters as a treat or package them as a beautiful, thoughtful gift.

Creating these “Valentine’s Day Chocolate & Nut Clusters” is more than just making a dessert; it’s about crafting a personal gift that comes straight from the heart. With simple ingredients and an easy-to-follow method, you can turn your kitchen into a love-filled workshop this Valentine’s Day.

Don’t forget, every ingredient you need for this perfect homemade gift can be found at Camberwell Fresh Food Market. Visit us and make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable with a gesture that’s both sweet and personal.