Caramel-Chocolate Clusters with Cardamom Cashews

  • Caramel-Chocolate Clusters with Cardamom Cashews
  • Caramel-Chocolate Clusters with Cardamom Cashews
  • Caramel-Chocolate Clusters with Cardamom Cashews
Posted on December 3, 2014

Disclosure: Thank you Santé Nuts for helping to feed my nut obsession! I am grateful for opportunities like these, which allow me to continue to create and share unique recipes with you. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, then you know I am pretty nuts about nuts.

And also that I’m really bad at making jokes…

I could die and come back to life reincarnated as a squirrel and I’d be a happy camper. I’m that obsessed. I could eat nuts all day, every day.

Around Thanksgiving and Christmas, I love nuts EVEN more. If that’s possible. Nuts just make every dish, gathering and party that much more special. And they make great little hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. So that’s why I’m super pumped to be bringing you guys an awesome giveaway AND promotion from Santé Nuts today. Because we all need more nuts in our lives. Don’t miss the giveaway details and the coupon code below!

If you aren’t familiar with Santé Nuts, you’re going to want to get familiar with them real fast. Because they are the bomb diggity bomb. Santé Nuts produces all-natural, roasted, flavored nuts that are made by hand in small batches. They use a special roasting technique that minimizes oil absorption, resulting in a crunchier product. And they have AMAZING flavor combinations like Chipotle Almonds, Cinnamon Pecans and Cardamom Cashews, which I’m featuring here today. But even with all these awesome flavors, they never let the salt, sugar and spices overwhelm the nuts. Santé Nuts always wants you to be able to taste the nuts first and foremost. Pretty cool.

While I was gobbling up some Santé Cardamom Cashews last week, I realized I could use them to spice up a classic Holiday treat: cashew turtles. So I went to work creating these little bite sized clusters with caramel, dark chocolate and of course a sprinkling of sea salt. They are the perfect addition to your Holiday dessert tray. Or package them up for a homemade gift that everyone will go nuts over. See what I did there…

And guess what? You can make them too! That’s right. Santé Nuts is giving away two 5-ounce bags of Cardamom Cashews to one lucky Floating Kitchen reader. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter widget below (sometimes it takes a minute to load between entries, so be patient). And make sure to enter by December 8, 2014 for your chance to win! Update: This giveaway has ended and a winner has been chosen. Thanks to all who participated. And thank you to Santé Nuts for sponsoring this giveaway!

But wait! There is more! The awesome folks at Santé Nuts are also offering Floating Kitchen readers FREE shipping on ALL online orders placed between now and 01/01/15. Simply enter the code free!2014 at checkout. So head on over and get shopping!



Caramel-Chocolate Clusters with Cardamom Cashews

Yield: Makes 2 dozen

Caramel-Chocolate Clusters with Cardamom Cashews


  • 5 ounces Santé Cardamom Cashews
  • 7 ounces soft caramels
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 5.5 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • Sea salt for sprinkling


  1. Line a mini-muffin tin with liners. Spray the liners with non-stick cooking spray. Don’t skip this part!
  2. Roughly chop the cashews and distribute them evenly among the wells of the mini-muffin tin.
  3. Unwrap the caramels and place them in a microwave safe bowl along with 1 tablespoon of heavy cream. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until the caramels are melted and the mixture is smooth. Spoon the melted caramel into the wells of the mini-muffin tin over the cashews, diving the mixture evenly among the wells. Place the mini-muffin tin in your freezer while you melt the chocolate.
  4. In a small heavy-bottom sauce pan over low-medium heat, melt the chocolate and the coconut oil, stirring frequently until the chocolate is smooth. Remove the mini-muffin tin from your freezer. Spoon the melted chocolate into the wells of the mini-muffin tin over the caramel, diving the mixture evenly among the wells. Sprinkle the tops with a small pinch of sea salt.
  5. Place the mini-muffin tin in your freezer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the chocolate is set and the clusters are firm. Once firm, remove the clusters from the wells of the muffin-tin. Serve or store in your refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


  • These sound ridiculously delicious! I absolutely love flavoured nuts so this is perfect! Cardamom is a new flavour for me though, I’ve never really known how to use it or what to team it with!


    • Thanks, Jess! I really love cardamom and I typically like it in sweet applications (baked goods, etc.). But there are lots of savory uses as well!

  • These look so yummy Liz! I wish I had a whole box of them right now.


    • Thanks, Tori! A whole box would be dangerous. Too easy to eat the whole thing!

  • Woah, these look amazing, Liz! This is just like a turtle, but bigger and better! Love your creativity and how delicious these are!


    • Thanks, Gayle. You can’t really go wrong with chocolate and caramel and cashews!

  • Wow! These look great!


    • Thanks, girlfriend! I gobbled them up real quick!

  • I’m insane for nuts, especially cashews, so these are perfect! Pinned!


    • So good. Hard to stop eating them once you stop! Thanks, Dorothy!

  • These wouldn’t stand a chance in my apartment….they’d be gone in about 5 seconds 🙂 So, so amazing!


    • Ha ha. It’s so true! I gobbled them up REAL fast!

  • Those cardamom cashews sound increds. And seriously, what is better than the sweet and salty combination of nuts & caramel? Oh nothing except maybe coating everything in chocolate. You’re a wizard.


    • Wizards like chocolate…:-)

  • Haha, cashews are my favorite nut! I eat them like candy!


    • I think they are my favorite too! So good! Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca!

  • I’m nuts about nuts, too! And these spiced up nuts sound delicious, especially in that chocolate and caramel. Great idea, Liz!


    • Thanks, Marcie. They are highly addicting!

  • Beautiful! Add me to the nuts for nuts group. Could eat a bunch of these 🙂


    • Nut lovers unite!!

  • I can’t stop staring at these pictures, these look amazing!!


    • And I can’t stop eating them! Thanks, Matt! 🙂

  • These babies are TOTAL dream boats! I’m nuts about nuts too, and I giggled thinking about you reincarnating as a squirrel 🙂 I am in love with everything about these!


    • Ha! Thanks, Amy! I’m glad I can make somebody laugh!

  • Probably almonds, but I love cashews, too.


    • It’s hard to choose. They are all so good!

  • Oh my god this looks heavenly!! Seriously, delicious.


    • Thank you! It’s a pretty unbeatable combination!

  • I am nuts about nuts too! I love the gooey caramel center and would love to snack on a few of these!


    • Thanks, Ashley! I definitely snacked on more than a few….oops!

  • honestly better than any Reese’s peanut butter cup because the twist is so different but incredibly delicious looking! im in awe


    • Definitely better than store bought candies! Thanks, Kelsey!

  • I am completely nut obsessed too! I really can’t think of anything that they don’t make taste better. I love that you use cardamom here. I think it’s a totally underappreciated spice!


    • I love cardamom. Especially in the winter months. Thanks, Erin!

  • I love cashews! I’ve been eating them all week. This recipe would make such a great Christmas gift!


    • Thanks, Catherine! These are a perfect Christmas gift!

  • Ohhhhhhh YUM!!!!! These look amazing, girl!!

    I found you blog through another blog and I’m so glad I did! These are being made.
    Thank you!!



    • Yeah! That’s awesome, Kris. Thanks so much for stopping by. Glad you found me!

  • Oh my yum. Those look delicious. I think my Nana would praise me if I could possibly make that for her, lol. My favorite Is almonds! BUT, I love all nuts 🙂 xo


    • These would be a great present for your Nana! And secretly pretty easy, although they look impressive!

  • These look amazing! I would NOT be able to stop at one.. or two 🙂 Great photography!


    • Oh I definitely didn’t stop at just two! 🙂

  • So, there’s some in the mail for me, right? They look fantastic!


    • Absolutely! XO

  • I like pecans best


    • Good choice, Amy!

  • Marcona almonds are my absolutely fav. But they’re so expensive that I usually just get cashews or pecans.


    • Oh I don’t think I’ve ever had a Marcona almond. I’m curious now!

  • If I am eating them plain,. cashews are my favorite. Otherwise, I like pecans as part of a pecan pie.


    • Mmmmm…pie!

  • This is the most amazing combination of flavors!!!


    • Thanks, Amanda! It’s pretty unbeatable!

  • I love cashews – just ate some today!


    • One of my favorites!

  • These look amazing, and I’m a huge fan of cashews! Yum!


    • Yeah! Thanks, Jenn!

  • Cashews are my favorite. Hazel nuts run a close second.


    • It’s definitely neck and neck! Love them all!

  • This recipe looks delicious! Cashews are my favorite nut!


    • Yeah! Thanks, Stephanie!

  • Wow, those look yummy! As far as nuts, I love cashews and pecans!


    • Those are good choices, Mary 🙂

  • Can w have them shipped to you so you can make us your yummies instead of me making them?!?


    • Ha Ha! Thanks, Sharyn!!

  • Cashews are my favorite.


    • Yeah! Thanks, Kate!

  • Cashews by far!


    • Yeah! Thanks, Brittany!

  • Cashew are my favorite.


    • Thanks, Kristen!

  • I’m so happy to have won this giveaway!!! We already blew through 1 bag & are working on the second! Honestly, they’re really good. They’re not a overpowering as I imagined. Cardamom can be a really strong, but delightful, flavor. These are balanced really well. I do prefer to eat them alone, though. I feel that their wonderfulness gets diluted when you put them in cereal, oatmeal or other applications. Thanks again!


    • So glad to hear you are enjoying them, Renata! Yeah!

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