Easy 2 Ingredient Chocolate Ginger Clusters
Make homemade chocolate ginger clusters, so you can enjoy an easy sweet and spicy treat with only two ingredients.
Yes, you can use your microwave to make delicious candy with just chocolate chips and crystalized ginger.
The chocolate clusters are nice for a flavorful treat at home, but you can also serve them to guests, take them to a party or give them as a gift.
Make a small batch or set up a home assembly line to make a whole bunch of them.
At the grocery store, you’ll generally find crystalized ginger in the dried fruit section.
This does make sense for the sweet dried treat, but ginger is a root vegetable and not a fruit.
There is sugar added, so the flavor is both sweet and spicy.
You can snack on the ginger right out of the bag or it can be used in recipes.
The crystalized ginger is chopped for this recipe.
You can chop it finely or leave big chunks according to your preference.
Personally, I like doing a mix of sizes to keep the each bite interesting.
At my house chocolate chips are staple, so we always have some in the pantry.
Most of the ‘regular’ brand semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips will melt well, when you use them in this recipe.
An off brand bag of chips or something for a special diet may be made with different ingredients that don’t melt well.
This time I used Hershey’s Gluten Free Milk Chocolate Chips and they were great, so they didn’t change up the formula much to make it safe for those who are gluten intolerant.
I haven’t found a sugar free band that tastes and melts the way I want it to, but there may be some.
If you are using a brand that you aren’t familiar with, you’ll want to make sure it’s going to melt properly.
When your chocolate is setting, you don’t want the ginger clusters to stick.
Parchment paper is a non-stick easy to use option to rest your chocolate on until it has hardened and is ready to eat or store for later.
You can get it in a roll or in flat pieces that can be used as is or cut down to a smaller size.
It typically comes in a natural color, white or even some fun prints.
Any kind will do, when you are making these melted chocolate clusters.
Microwave Cook Time
There is a lot of variation, when it comes to microwaves.
Some are high powered and cook very quickly, while others take longer to get the job done.
Since this recipe only takes about a minute to cook, any variation in the power level of your microwave can have a big impact the cook time.
My microwave is an average one and the cooking guidelines are based on my experience with my average microwave.
If you know that yours is high powered, expect the chocolate to be melted faster.
If yours is a compact microwave with less power, expect it to take a bit longer.
Either way, keep a close watch on the chocolate by heating it in short increments.
You can stop and open up your microwave to check.
It is much better to be cautious and check a few times than to overcook the chocolate and have it burn.
After you’ve made a batch or two, you’ll have a pretty good idea how long it takes in your microwave.
Whether your microwave is compact and slow or large and fast, this recipe is quick and easy.
How Many Servings Does This Recipe Make?
This recipe will make 8 to 12 chocolate clusters.
There is no right or wrong way to make them, so you can make yours smaller or larger.
Make 8 large ginger clusters or a dozen or more small ones.
It is just a matter of your personal preference.
If you need more than one batch, just repeat the process as many times as you’d like.
Eat the chocolate ginger clusters right away or save them for later.
They can be stored in a Ziploc bag or other airtight container, so that they stay fresh.
Refrigeration is not needed.
Easy Chocolate Ginger Clusters Recipe
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 1-2 Minutes
Set Time: 30 Minutes
Yield: 8-12 Servings
Microwave Safe Plate
Baking Sheet or Tray
1) Line a baking sheet or tray with a sheet of parchment paper.
2) Chop the crystalized ginger into whatever sized pieces you’d like to have in your clusters.
3) Pour the ginger pieces onto a plate in a single layer. Pour the chocolate chips on top, so that they are basically flat and not an uneven pile.
4) Microwave on high for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat in 15 second increments until chocolate is melted.
5) Stir again and spoon the chocolate ginger clusters onto the parchment, so that they aren’t touching.
6) Let the clusters sit for 30 minutes or more to set the chocolate.
7) Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.
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