More than 1,000 homemade chocolate peanut clusters are ready for the upcoming 2015 South Dakota Synod Assembly of the ELCA at Calvary Lutheran in Rapid City this weekend. This tradition was begun 29 years ago by Fran Alberty, former LSS communication coordinator, to draw attendees to the LSS display booth at this annual assembly. The idea worked and has been an assembly staple ever since.
When Fran retired 17 years ago, I came on board and this was my first assigned project: gather supplies, ask for volunteers and make candy. Thanks to Fran, I was hooked on LSS and these yummy morsels ever since.
In the beginning, the only time that worked for both Fran and me was Memorial Day, so my toddler daughters came along to help our volunteers. In the beginning, it was a blessing in disguise as Katie (age 5) and Megan (age 3) kept many of our grandma volunteers entertained between batches. Their helping hands grew each year. Katie and Megan, now 22 and 20, haven’t missed a year of volunteering to make these chocolate peanut clusters. Some of those years, we made more than 2,400 morsels. Since then, we’ve streamlined the process and the three of us make the morsels together in our home.
Timing of this project has dictated on or near Memorial Day, which I am thankful as we celebrate those candy makers who have since passed and honor those who continue to be friends of LSS. There are many memories of our dedicated volunteers that warm our hearts and many memories that still make us giggle. In addition to Fran, we enjoyed the helping hands of Angie, Ruth, Tina, Edith, Henrietta, Lucille, Esther, Ione, Mildred, Lela, Beatrice and Joanne. We also enjoyed the helping hands of co-workers Heidi and Jodi.
For those attending the 2015 South Dakota Synod Assembly, stop by the LSS display and enjoy our chocolate peanut clusters.
LSS Peanut Clusters
1 1/2 to 2 lbs. vanilla candy coating (almond bark)
1 – 12 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 – 12 oz. pkg. milk chocolate chips
Melt the above together in a microwave stirring occasionally while melting. Mix in 1 1/2 lbs. salted peanuts (about 4 1/2 cups). Spoon into small paper bonbon wrappers.
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Barb, Katie and Megan Goldammer