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Making a small batch of your own homemade chocolate candy is surprisingly easy and rewarding. With just rich chocolate chips and your choice of crunchy nuts, you can create delicious bite-sized treats that are perfect for a quick snack, a sweet addition to your dessert table, or a charming homemade gift. They’re incredibly easy to make and irresistibly delicious, proving that sometimes the simplest recipes are the most satisfying.

Looking for more small batch candy recipes? You’ll love our Pralines, Microwave Fudge, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Chocolate Truffles!

Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Candy Recipe

  • Quick: Ready in under 20 minutes, including setting time.
  • Customizable: Choose your favorite nuts or seeds to mix in.
  • Minimalist: Only two main ingredients needed.
  • Versatile: Perfect for gifting, parties, or snacking.
  • Doubles Easily: If you need more, this recipe scales up like a charm.

Imagine bite-sized clusters of pure bliss – this is what our 2 Ingredient chocolate candies are all about.

These indulgent treats are created by melting down your favorite chocolate and mixing it with a handful of crunchy add-ins of your choice. The result? A small batch of heavenly treats that perfectly balance sweet, creamy, and crunchy.


chocolate chips and pecans on a brown cutting board.
  • Chocolate chips: Use any type of chocolate chips you like. Dark chocolate chips will give you a richer flavor, while milk chocolate chips will make the candies more sweet. If you have leftover chocolate chips, consider using them in a small batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Lava Cake, or Brookies!
  • Nuts: Pecans, peanuts, or walnuts are my favorites for this recipe. However, if you’re out of nuts, feel free to get creative! Dried fruit, candy sprinkles, or granola make great substitutes and add their own unique twist to the candy.

If you have any ingredients leftover from this chocolate candies recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

Recipe Variations

Craving a twist on this classic? Here are some delightful variations you can try:

  • Go Tropical: Use macadamia nuts and add a pinch of sea salt.
  • Spice it Up: Mix in some cayenne pepper with your chocolate for a spicy kick.
  • Sweeter Twist: Add in some dried fruit like cranberries or raisins for extra sweetness.
  • Mocha Flair: Add 1/4 teaspoon of instant coffee granules to your melted chocolate for a coffee twist.
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How To Make A Small Batch Of Chocolate Candy

These step-by-step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make chocolate candy. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Measure out about a cup of chocolate chips.
chocolate chips in a glass bowl.
  1. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave.

Pro Tips: To melt chocolate uniformly in the microwave, ensure the pieces are all equal in size. This consistency is naturally achieved if you’re using chocolate chips. However, if you’re using a chocolate bar, chop it into small, evenly-sized pieces.

Place the chocolate pieces or chips in a glass bowl, a material preferred due to its insulating properties, which helps avoid burning the chocolate.

Microwave the chocolate, using short intervals of 20 seconds. After each interval, make sure to stir the chocolate to ensure even heating.

melted chocolate in a glass bowl.
  1. Stir in 1/2 cup of nuts, dried fruit, or another add-in.
mixing melted chocolate in a glass bowl.
  1. Spoon the melted chocolate mixture onto a lined baking sheet and place the sheet in the refrigerator to chill.
Melted chocolate mixture on a lined baking sheet making five candies.

Expert Tips

  • Quality Matters: Choose high-quality chocolate for a luxurious taste.
  • Melting chocolate: To prevent the chocolate from seizing in the microwave, heat it in short intervals, stirring in between.
  • Mixing: Ensure the mix-ins are evenly coated with the melted chocolate for balanced flavor in every bite.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoying your small batch chocolate candies can be a unique experience each time. Here’s how to level up your snacking game:

  • With Coffee: Pairs well with your morning or afternoon brew.
  • Ice Cream Topping: Chop them up and sprinkle over vanilla ice cream or mint chocolate chip ice cream.
  • Fruit Platter: Add a luxurious touch to a simple fruit platter.
  • Dessert Wine: Try them with a glass of port or red wine for an adult treat.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do homemade chocolate candies last?

These candies can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Can I freeze chocolate candy?

Absolutely. Freeze them in a single layer on a tray before transferring to a freezer-safe container. They can last for up to 3 months.

Can I make vegan chocolate candy?

Yes, you can make these vegan candy by using vegan chocolate chips.

A piece of chocolate candy cut in the center with nuts inside.

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Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Small Batch Chocolate Candy

4.93 from 13 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 minute
Cooling time: 15 minutes
Total: 26 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Learn how to make easy and delicious 2-ingredient chocolate candies with this simple small batch recipe. Includes tips, variations, and serving suggestions.


  • 1 cup chocolate chips (use semi-sweet, dark chocolate, or milk chocolate)
  • ½ cup nuts (pecans, peanuts, or use your favorite chopped nuts or trail mix)
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  • Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate in 3 (20-second) intervals, stirring between each. When the chocolate is mostly melted, stop microwaving and stir until the last remaining chips have melted.
  • Pour the nuts or trail mix into the melted chocolate and stir.
  • Spoon out heaping tablespoon-sized clusters of the chocolate mixture onto a small baking sheet about 1-inch apart. Put them in the refrigerator to set for 15 minutes.
  • Store chocolate clusters in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.


  • Melting chocolate: To prevent the chocolate from seizing in the microwave, heat it in short intervals, stirring in between.
  • Mixing: Ensure the mix-ins are evenly coated with the melted chocolate for balanced flavor in every bite.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 232kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 28mg, Potassium: 109mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 81IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. Becky Conner says:

    Out of curiosity, how can I correctly make “Mint Chocolate Chips” from this recipe to then add to the “Mint Chocolate Chip” ice cream recipe?

    Mint chocolate chip ice cream is my favorite that I buy a lot but due to losing my job, I have to stay on a budget.

    All your recipes are very good that I made so many batches of cookies as my Christmas gifts to my family!

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m so glad to hear you’ve been enjoying the recipes, and it’s wonderful that you shared your homemade cookies as Christmas gifts! Making mint chocolate chips at home is a great idea to keep enjoying your favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream while staying budget-friendly. To experiment with making mint chocolate chips from our Chocolate Candy recipe, you can try infusing the chocolate with a mint flavor and then shaping it into chocolate chunks. Although I haven’t personally tested this modification, here’s a suggested approach:

      Begin by preparing the Chocolate Candy recipe. When your chocolate is melted and ready, stir in a couple of drops of peppermint extract to add the minty taste. Be careful with the amount, as peppermint extract is quite potent. If the chocolate seems too thick after adding the extract, a small amount of vegetable oil, canola oil, or avocado oil (maybe 1/2 teaspoon) can help to smooth it out.

      Pour the flavored chocolate onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, spreading it thin. Place it in the refrigerator to set. Once firm, break the chocolate into small pieces. For more evenly shaped chips, consider scoring the chocolate when it’s partially set. These homemade mint chocolate chips should then be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be a unique addition to your Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. This method is untested, so feel free to adjust and experiment to get your perfect mint chocolate chips!

  2. BC says:

    I have to chuckle. People really need a recipe for these?

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’ve said it a million times… not everyone knows what you know and some folks are searching for “how to make x” on the internet. I try to share recipes for all levels of cook. 

      1. Brenda Jo-MinTN says:

        Thank you, Ms Joanie, for that response! (Just loved it)

  3. Carmen says:

    I use sugar free chocolate chips,nuts and salted pretzels!

  4. Crystal Scott says:

    I made these with red vanilla coating chocolate, some pecans, craisins, a few pieces of broken savory butter pretzels and a little coconut. They are fantastic!!!

  5. Judy Morris says:

    I made these as gifts for years. I put in whatever hit me at the time (I usually did multiple batches and mixed up kinds for each person). Add-ins included nuts, dried fruit, crumbled potato chips or pretzels, mashed up hard candies (stonger tasting ones are better than milder and make sure not to have pieces big enough that it has to be chewed–you don’t want your gift to break someone’s tooth). When doing a small amount I would put some chocolate chips in a single serve microwave proof ceramic dessert dish. After the chocolate was melted, I stirred in whatever I was putting in until I thought there was a good ratio. I dropped by sm. spoonfuls onto a waxed paper lined pan. That made more pieces than using the usual recommended tablespoon. In today’s world where many people are trying to cut down on sugar, people seemed to like the smaller candy.

  6. Michele says:

    Made these with walnuts. Very easy and tasted great.

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the candies. Thank you so much for your feedback.

  7. Ethel says:

    mine seems to be soft, chocolate on fingers when eating, what do I do wrong? is there a difference in chips. I used Milk choc. were delicious

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Hi Ethel, although I prefer using semi sweet chocolate chips in this recipe, I have used milk chocolate chips without any problem. I’m thinking that the candies needed to be refrigerated for a longer period of time. Perhaps they didn’t cool long enough to set and that’s why they were soft. I am glad they tasted good though 🙂

      1. Judy Morris says:

        When you don’t temper the chocolate, this will sometimes happen. Milk chocolate melts easier than darker chocolate, both when melting for the recipe and after the candies are made. I do an in-exact tempering when making candies like these. I chop a small amount of chips into smaller pieces and add to the melted chocolate, stir in until melted and then test by putting a small amount just above my upper lip–it should feel neutral (not warm or cold). This often works to temper the chocolate, but not always. You can look up on-line how to temper chocolate if you want to be sure it works.

  8. Gail Williams-Patterson says:

    Can I use wax or parchment paper to line the tray?

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Yes, either is fine.

  9. Linda says:

    I also put a little peanut butter in when melting.

  10. Jason says:

    Yum! These look delicious. Thanks for sharing.