Posted August 27, 2004 06:49 PM

Nutty Caramel Clusters

25 caramels
1 T butter (no substitutions)
1 T milk
1 c sliced almonds
c salted dry roasted peanuts
c pecan halves
c semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 t shortening

In a 1-quart microwave safe dish, combine the caramels, butter and milk. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes, stirring once. Stir in peanuts, pecans and almonds.

Next, in a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until blended. Drop nut mixture by tablespoonful and drizzle with chocolate. Chill until firm. Store in refrigerator. Yields: 1.5 dozen