For Chocolate Lovers only  

Crunchy Chocolate Clusters

Tips: There was once a popular confection in this country made by melting chocolate chips and stirring in chow mein noodles from a can. Remember that? Nancy from Ohio does. She loved them as a kid and now, looking for easy recipes to make with her young children, would like to re-create them. However, she’s just discovered that her daughter has a wheat allergy. Exit the chow mein noodles; even those I could find made with rice flour also contained wheat. Luckily, I found a readily available cereal without wheat ingredients. While they won’t be quite the same as Nancy’s old favorites, maybe she can start a new tradition with her kids. These are quick and easy, and most people seem to like a little crunch associated with their chocolate.

They’re also ideal for treats for Mom on Mother’s Day if you’re a novice cook. You can use supermarket chips to make these, but they are much improved by good-quality bar chocolate, finely chopped. Although I try hard not to recommend against any particular brand of chocolate, Lindt bars do not work well for this recipe. Their milk chocolate is very thin when melted, so thin that it’s almost impossible to mound the clusters high, and they really look best that way.

Store these in the refrigerator in an airtight container. They’ll keep for at least three weeks; I’ve never been able to store them for longer, because people keep eating them. It is important to serve these at room temperature, as they are far easier to eat and have much more flavor with the chill off. Allow them to stand at room temperature, lightly covered, for thirty to sixty minutes before eating.

Yield: 20 to 24 clusters


  • 1 pound milk chocolate, finely chopped OR as chips
  • 2-1/4 cups cornflakes

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, shiny side up.

Place finely chopped chocolate or chips in medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave at 50% (medium) power for about 90 seconds. Stir thoroughly. Continue to microwave at 50% (medium) power for further, shorter intervals, stirring well between each, until almost melted. Remove from microwave; stir until melted and smooth.

Add cereal; fold in gently until well-coated with chocolate (be careful here; you don’t want all of the cereal crushed into tiny bits). Drop by heaping teaspoons (not measuring teaspoons) onto foil-lined cookie sheet, mounding clusters high. Chill 20 to 30 minutes, or until set.

Using a paper towel or tissue to protect the clusters from the heat of your hand, gently peel from foil. Store in refrigerator in airtight container. Allow to stand at room temperature 30 to 60 minutes, lightly covered, before eating.


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...Published: May 2005