Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters

Just 4 ingredients in these addicting sweet and salty almond clusters. Toasting the almonds turns them up a notch!

Just 4 ingredients in these addicting clusters. Toasting the almonds turns them up a notch! Recipe on

Can I ramble on just a little more about how it’s been 2 years since Sally’s Baking Addiction cookbook was released? Or, actually, how I’ve been doing this full time blogging thing for 3 years. No, wait. How it’s been 4 years and 3 months since I published my first blog post (<– cringe.)  and STILL to this day, I can’t believe this is my life. Everyday I get to do what I love and interact with bakers all around the world who want to connect, learn, quote Mean Girls and Friends (he’s her lobster!), and eat chocolate treats all day long.

You just get me. You’re my peeps. Forgive me for saying peeps.

Now let’s eat some chocolate already, k?

Just 4 ingredients in these addicting clusters. Toasting the almonds turns them up a notch! Recipe on

So I have to confess that today’s recipe isn’t really a recipe. It’s beyond easy, using only 4 ingredients, and one of them is… salt. Though there is a little method to its simplicity! Basically what we’ll be doing is making a version of my dark chocolate sea salt almonds. Remember those from this past summer? I made them because I had something similar from Trader Joe’s– almonds covered in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt and turbinado sugar.

And they’re sorta healthy! All you’re eating is almonds and dark chocolate.

What we’ll do today, though, is form them into clusters instead of leaving them as individual chocolate covered almonds. It’s like eating a handful of the individual almonds at once (which is the only way to eat them in my opinion).

And it’s all soooo glorious!

How to toast almonds on

Start with high quality almonds. Fresh, whole, and protein-packed Diamond of California almonds. My beloved brand for YEARS! And the best tasting, in my opinion. For a little extra flavor, let’s toast those almonds before we pour dark chocolate on top.

For the chocolate, you can use any pure quality chocolate like Ghirardelli or Baker’s baking bars, Lindt, Trader Joe’s pound plus bar, etc. I use semi-sweet, but bittersweet is just as tasty. Especially if you love deeper, darker chocolate flavor.

How to make sea salt dark chocolate almond clusters on

Basically– since there are few ingredients– make sure you’re using quality stuff. I guarantee you’ll taste a difference.

How to make sea salt dark chocolate almond clusters on

You can melt the chocolate using a double boiler or a microwave, whichever you prefer. You can also temper the chocolate, though that’s not necessary. I personally like these sea salt dark chocolate almond clusters right out of the refrigerator. And you should not refrigerate tempered chocolate. (If you’re interested in learning more about tempering chocolate, I blab on and on about it in Sally’s Candy Addiction cookbook! #nerd)

So once the melted chocolate and toasted almonds are perfectly combined, spoon into clusters, then sprinkle with sea salt and turbinado sugar. These two garnishes not only add a little exciting flavor, but a pleasant sweet and salty crunch as well. Essentially, those little sprinkles are everything. Which makes me realize how crazy fantastic actual sprinkles would be on top of these. Rainbow-topped sea salt dark chocolate clusters!! I’m doing it.

Just 4 ingredients in these addicting clusters. Toasting the almonds turns them up a notch! Recipe on

SO MANY CLUSTERS. Self control left the building about 5 posts ago.

But at least they’re a healthier choice, so we can totally pig out.

I had so much fun shooting these clusters that I made a video. I want to actually show you how simple these dark chocolate treats are. And I hope you try them!


Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: about 30 clusters
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Just 4 ingredients in these positively addicting sea salt dark chocolate almond clusters. Toasting the almonds turns them up a notch!


  • 2 cups (280g) whole almonds
  • 8 ounces (226g) semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped*
  • sea salt
  • turbinado sugar (or any coarse/raw sugar)


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (149°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Spread almonds out in a single layer and toast for 10-12 minutes, stirring once during that time. Set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or (carefully!) use the microwave. For the microwave, place the chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl. Melt in 30 second increments, stirring after each increment until completely melted and smooth. Alternatively, you can temper the chocolate. If tempering, do not store finished nuts in the refrigerator.
  3. Stir the almonds into the chocolate, making sure to coat each one. On a large lined baking sheet, drop a spoonful of the coated almonds. (Spoonful can be as large or small as you’d like. My clusters had about 10-12 almonds each in them.) Sprinkle with a little sea salt and turbinado sugar, then allow chocolate to completely set. I placed the baking sheet in the refrigerator to speed it up!
  4. Store chocolate covered almonds in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.


  1. Chocolate: Make sure you’re using high quality chocolate. I prefer Lindt, Baker’s, or Ghirardelli. Trader Joe’s Pound Plus bar works too! I usually use semi-sweet chocolate, but you can use bittersweet for a deeper and less sweet dark chocolate flavor.

Keywords: dark chocolate almond clusters, sea salt chocolate almond clusters

Just 4 ingredients in these addicting clusters. Toasting the almonds turns them up a notch! Recipe on

If you’re looking for another healthier chocolate treat, I have just the recipe for you! These healthy dark chocolate almond truffle balls have dates, almonds, and dark chocolate. Not what you’d expect, but it definitely works.

Healthy Dark Chocolate Truffles

Just 4 ingredients in these addicting clusters. Toasting the almonds turns them up a notch! Recipe on
Just 4 ingredients in these addicting clusters. Toasting the almonds turns them up a notch! Recipe on


  1. Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous) says:

    perfect! then i don’t have to keep going back for individual almonds (: and they sound easier- no need to dip them in chocolate one by one! i’m going to hold off on making these for as long as possible, otherwise i might have some problems.

    1. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden says:

      Hehe, that’s funny. I think I’ll whip up a batch this afternoon as an activity for my 4-year-old. At least she’s not wearing Gymboree today to stain. Anyhow, I want to make these for my father-in-law as a little snack for helping with our bathroom project. He’s really helpful like that! And you gotta keep the men motivated to keep working. Ha. So easy too Sally! Love easy. 

      1. chocolate is always the best reward.

  2. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss says:

    Dark chocolate almonds are the best! There is a certain 2 pound bag of dark chocolate almonds with sea salt and turbinado at Costco that I love/hate, but this sounds a lot safer. Nobody needs 2 pounds of delicious almonds in the house at any given time…and homemade is always better! Happy 2 year anniversary of your cookbook! 

    1. They have something similar at trader joe’s and SOMEHOW the entire container disappears in 24 hours.

  3. Andrea | Cooking with a Wallflower says:

    These look so amazing. I’m always looking for nut clusters in my box of chocolate so this is just perfect! And it looks easy to make too!

  4. Cheese and Chinese says:

    These sound so good! I LOVE anything with chocolate and seasalt. 

  5. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking says:

    Those pictures… Yum! Congratulations on your blogging milestone, I hope there’s many more to come.

  6. The salt-sugar mix is like those almonds they sell at Trader Joe’s. If you haven’t had them, they are CRAZY INSANELY ADDICTIVE. But in a totally good way. 🙂
    And now I’m dying to make these! I love mine right out of the fridge, too. Cold chocolate is the best!

    1. Oh, those little bites of heaven? Trust me, I’ve had them. SO GOOD.

  7. Mishaal Fazal says:

    hi sally!
    ill definitely try those but also meant to ask can you puhleeeezzz post an awesome ice-cream cake recipe on ur blog…i have a loooootttt of vanilla ice cream in my freezer and with summers approaching I WANTTT ice cream cake :”)

  8. Leah @ Grain Changer says:

    GIRL. How did you know I was going to be craving Almonds + Chocolate today? This is so meant to be. Lunch break treat making, here I come! 

  9. These look delicious!! So simple yet so delicious! Love the salt and sugar combo on top! Congrats on your blogging milestone! Huge achievement! *claps* 🙂 

  10. Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture says:

    OMG, yummmmmm! Guilt free and delicious. Love the video, as always! 🙂

  11. I made some of these last fall.
    I did some with Sea Salt, Some combined with Turbinado Sugar.

    Then I decided to go “crazy” and tried topping some with Curry Powder and some with Powdered Garam Masala. Both of these were really interesting bites. I should make some more soon, they were a great little snack.

    1. That sounds REALLY good!

  12. I’ve made those dark chocolate almonds before, having them sitting around in a bowl at parties for people to munch on. These are much more *dessert worthy* I think I’ll give them a shot this way!

    1. They’re easier this way! Because you don’t have to separate them 🙂

  13. demeter | beaming baker says:

    Sally, this was such a touching post. You actually managed to make me forget about the sea salt dark chocolate almond clusters for a moment. 😉 I just wanted to say congratulations a million times over. I’m so proud of you and everything that you’ve accomplished. You really inspire all of us small bloggers to chase a dream that we used to think was impossible. Some of us were kind of like Chandler, you know? We sat at our safe, comfortable jobs, not even letting ourselves think about a career full of passion and excitement. Then, it came time to make a choice: settle or take a risk. That’s what you inspired me to do, Sally. <3 I've read your blog and followed for three years, but I never had the courage to even leave a comment, let alone start my own blog until recently. Years and years of reading your funny, open posts and seeing you accomplish so much gave me the encouragement I needed to make a change. Thank you so much Sally. And congrats again. I'm looking forward to celebrating your blog's 5 year & eventually it's 10 year anniversary. <3

    1. And Demeter, I’m SO GLAD you began chatting around here. I love hearing from you and your GIFs on Twitter are on point. Giving you the biggest virtual hug right now! xo

      1. demeter | beaming baker says:

        Aww… Sally, now you’re gonna make me cry. <3 Your blog is seriously one of the brightest points in my day (that and hugs from my lobster Erik. Hehe). Thank goodness I've finally met someone who gets all the GIFs AND baking. Woot woot! Sending even bigger hugs back to you! xoxoxo 

  14. The doctor just put me on a salt free diet and knowing how much I love salt this will haunt me!  Guess a very small (yes, VERY small) pinch will be all I can have or maybe just eliminate all but the chocolate and almonds!  Where there’s a will there’s a way!  🙂

  15. Nuts and dark chocolate = two of my absolute most favorite things! My mouth is watering looking at these pics!!

  16. Genki Kitty says:

    Looks amazing!

  17. I loved these from Trader Joes!!! Sweet & Salty is everything. I always drive to the one in Media just to load up on the goods. Haha.

  18. Elaine @ FoodParsed says:

    Congratulations on the many years of blogging! To be honest, the blondies from your first blog post still look delicious. My first photos were always blue or orange or gray. These almond clusters look lovely, and your photos are always so bright and happy. 🙂

  19. this look amazing!! want to try these now x

  20. Maggie Unzueta says:

    Oh my! These almond clusters look amazing. And with sea salt, they wouldn’t last two minutes at my house. 🙂 

  21. Laura @ The Bluenose Baker says:

    I *heart* dark chocolate and almonds – these look super tasty. I’d add some craisins too!

  22. Heather @Boston Girl Bakes says:

    Oh man as soon as I saw these I thought of those Trader Joe’s almonds–I should have known that was your inspiration- those things are beyond dangerous- so I can’t even imagine how deadly these would be!! 

  23. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:

    Having people is the best <3

    I love how simple and PERFECT these clusters are!

  24. WOW these look great Thanks for the dark chocolate almond truffle balls recipe! Mixing it up is always something i love to do for the people who prefer dark chocolate.

  25. kristine @ the beaute blend says:

    These almond clutters are all my favorites packed into one delicious treat!  Love it!  Also, I love the videso…they really make the blog experience so much richer!  Tx!

  26. Jenna @ A Savory Feast says:

    Sea salt + dark chocolate = one of my favorite combos EVER! These clusters sound so so so yummy.

  27. Thanks for recipe!
    Looks so nice! =D
    I wanna try next weekend.

  28. Would it be possible to use milk chocolate? I know it is physically possible, but i was wondering if you would still add the salt and extra sugar on top if it were milk chocolate.

    1. You can absolutely use milk chocolate instead. I would still add sea salt. Maybe not the coarse sugar.

  29. I love the videos Sally!  Keep ’em comin!  

  30. My kids love them so much when I let them see your post. I will try to make this with your recipe. Thank you so much for your repice!

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