Who doesn’t love the taste of clumps of peanuts surrounded by rich chocolate? Well, today is the day to indulge. March 8 is National Peanut Cluster Day.
Chocolates and peanuts are both popular tastes that have their own national days. National Peanut Day is honored on September 13.
Even without peanuts involved, chocolate gets a bunch of their own national days. October 28 is National Chocolate Day, and July 7 is World Chocolate day.
But for today, we get to combine the sweet and salty tastes into one delicious bite for National Peanut Cluster Day.
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What are peanut clusters?
Peanut clusters are snacks that are very popular but surprisingly easy to make. They are ready in just minutes, so you can enjoy them anytime you like.
The snack is made by melting chocolate and adding peanuts into the mixture and then stirring them into cluster like shapes.
What ingredients are in peanut clusters?
The recipe varies from recipe to recipe but many recipes use some combination of White candy coating, semisweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips and dry roasted peanuts.
They get dropped by spoonfuls on to a silicone mat or parchment paper and then you let them harden. Presto! A peanut cluster!
How to store peanut clusters
Once you make these tasty sweet treats, you will want to make sure they keep their flavor.
Store peanut clusters in an air tight container in the fridge for up to one month. They also freeze well.
Fun facts about peanut clusters
Brush up on your knowledge of peanut clusters with these fun facts.
- Cocoa was transformed into chocolate in the late 1800s
- At about the same time, the peanut was starting to be heavily farmed. A perfect duo!
- Chocolate is reported in culinary history as far back as 1900 years BC.
- In 1847, Joseph Fry introduced how to make molded chocolate by introducing cocoa butter.
- Chocolate is one of the minor symbols of Valentine’s Day.
- Peanut clusters are the perfect combination of sweet and salty tastes.
- The first retail peanut clusters were introduced in 1912 and were called the Goo Goo Cluster.
- Peanut clusters were so popular with soldiers that they were shipped weekly during World War II to those on the fighting front.
How to observe National Peanut Cluster Day
There are lots of obvious ways to celebrate National Peanut Cluster Day. Here are a few other creative ideas to help honor this day.
- Get on your peanut apron and make some peanut clusters at home with one of the recipes at the bottom of the page.
- Not feeling like the cook? Dip into a tin of Whitley’s Peanut clusters.
- Spread out the love with the Cluster Candies Recipe Book.
- Do the word search puzzle for March to see if you can find Peanut Cluster Day in it.
- Check out local candy shops that make their own products to see if they are making peanut clusters today.
- Use the hashtag #NationalPeanutClusterDay or #peanutclusterday to spread the word about the day on social media. Here is a tweet to get you started:
What is a national day?
National days of the year are a great way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, pets and everyday items that you come into contact with.
Be sure to check out my national day’s guide for more fun days to celebrate.
There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in February.
To see them all, have a look at this post to discover more about the national days in March.
Is food your thing? Each day of the month has a food or drink associated with it, too. You’ll find all the March food holidays here.
Be sure to also check out these other foodie national days this month:
- National Chip and Dip Day
- National Snack Day
- National Canadian Bacon Day
- National Artichoke Hearts Day
Pin these recipes for National Peanut Cluster Day for later
Would you like a reminder of these recipes for National Peanut Cluster Day? Just pin this image to one of your food boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.
Peanut cluster recipes
Ready to make some of these salty sweet treats at home? Here are a few recipes to get you started:
- Easy 2 ingredient peanut clusters
- 5 Minute Chocolate Peanut clusters
- Sea Salt Chocolate Peanut Clusters
- Crock Pot Peanut Clusters
- Spanish peanut clusters recipe
- Chocolate Peanut Clusters with marshmallows
- Chocolate butterscotch peanut clusters
And try my recipes for home made peanut clusters. They take just minutes to prepare.
- 2 pounds white candy coating, chopped
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 11-1/2 ounces milk chocolate chips
- 5 cups dry roasted peanuts, salted
- Combine the white candy coating and chocolate chips in a heavy saucepan over low heat.
- Stir the mixture until it has melted and is smooth and glossy.
- Cool for about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the dry roasted peanuts.
- Drop the mixture by rounded spoonfuls onto a silicone mat or parchment paper.
- Place in the fridge until firm.
Serving Size:1 cluster
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 6.7gSaturated Fat: 1.4gCholesterol: .8mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: .5gSugar: 8.6gProtein: 1.5g