My Grandpa was quite a bit older than my Grandma Dora, about ten years her senior. He had probably decided he was going to be a bachelor for life before he met and fell in love with Grandma. They had grown up so differently. She, an only child, raised in town, not having to worry about where the next meal would come from. Grandpa, one of the five children, who had to be “farmed out” to family and friends to be raised after his mother died because his father couldn’t do it on his own. Their backgrounds didn’t matter though. What they had, was faithful love for each other, with God at the center of their relationship. What a wonderful example they set.
They chose the difficult life of dairy farming and while they didn’t have much, they did what they could to make holidays special. Purchasing a few things as they could, but making many things homemade. I’m sure Grandma Dora made this recipe for Chocolate Peanut Clusters for Grandpa for Valentine’s Day. I can picture her candies in a simple metal tin with a red, cloth ribbon around it.
Chocolate Peanut Clusters
- 1 – 3 oz package chocolate pudding mix
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 cup salted peanuts
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine first four ingredients in heavy pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Lower heat and cook slowly for three minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and quickly stir in peanuts and vanilla. Beat until candy thickens and begins to lose its gloss. Drop from teaspoon onto waxed paper, forming into clusters.
Chocolate Peanut Clusters are an easy homemade candy to make. It tastes like fudge! I hope you’ll enjoy making them for your loved ones, as much as I know Grandma Dora enjoyed making them for my Grandpa.
Happy Cooking and Happy Valentine’s Day!