This crockpot candy is so easy to make, it’s the perfect sweet and salty homemade candy, that is great for the holidays! It’s made in the slow cooker, with only a few steps!
This crockpot candy could not be easier to make. I love making homemade candy around the holidays, but I want to keep it simple! That includes our microwave fudge, microwave peanut brittle, and pretzel rolo turtles. These crockpot candy peanut clusters are the perfect one to add to the mix! They’re only 4 ingredients, only a few steps, and so so easy to make!
It’s perfect for making all holiday season long, because you can take a break from all the baking in your kitchen, and give yourself and your oven a break. It’s a great easy recipe to make during that time of year when you need something with simple ingredients, and made with only a few minutes of prep time, to give yourself more of a break.
These peanut clusters are great for serving up on for holiday parties, holiday cookie trays, or wrapping up in some cellophane bags to give to your friends, and neighbors as holiday gifts.
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This is a quick overview of the ingredients you’ll need for this Crockpot Candy Recipe. Specific measurements and full recipe instructions are in the printable recipe card below.
- roasted peanuts – I like to do half salted, and half unsalted peanuts
- semi-sweet chocolate chips – use your favorite variety of chocolate chips, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate would work too
- German chocolate bar – balances out the sweetness of the chocolate chips and almond bark
- vanilla almond bark – makes the chocolate mixture more creamy, and helps them to harden better
- festive sprinkles – an optional topping to make these fun for the holidays, you could make them for other holidays besides Christmas too.
How to make Crockpot Candy:
Add the peanuts, chocolate chips, chocolate bar, and almond bark to a slow cooker. Set the crockpot to low heat and let it melt the chocolate for 1 to 1.5 hours. Stir the mixture, and let it cook for another 30 minutes to an hour for, stirring every 20 minutes with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, until you can stir it all smooth.
Scoop 1 Tablespoon at a time of the crockpot candy onto the parchment paper, a couple inches apart each. Sprinkle the tops with holiday sprinkles if desired. Then let the chocolate cool completely to set.
Tips for making Crockpot Candy:
- German Chocolate is a bar chocolate you can find in the baking aisle in any grocery stores.
- If you want to skip using peanuts, you can use any variety of nuts you prefer – cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc. Or even a variety of them together.
- For a nut free treat try using pretzels or golden grahams cereal.
- If you’re going to sprinkle the clusters with holiday sprinkles or course salt, only scoop a few out onto the parchment paper then add the sprinkles. You don’t want them to harden before having the chance to add the sprinkles to the top.
- You can speed up the setting process on the candy clusters by placing them on baking sheets and placing those in the fridge, or somewhere else cool.
- Scoop the crockpot Christmas candy into small cupcake liners to have them in a little hand held container.
How to store Crockpot Candy?
Crockpot candy is a great make ahead sweet treat, because they will stay good kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month. They can also be stored at room temperature, but keep them in a cool place as the chocolate will melt in a warm kitchen, so it’s safer to keep them in the refrigerator if you have space.
You can also freeze them in a freezer bag or freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
These crock pot candy peanut clusters and salty, sweet, crunchy, and so delicious. The chocolate is totally creamy, and sweet and perfect paired around all the salty crunchy peanuts. This is such a great way to make homemade candy without a lot of work, and perfect for the holidays!
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Crockpot Candy Peanut Clusters
- 32 oz roasted peanuts (I do half salted, half unsalted)
- 12 oz chocolate chips
- 4 oz German chocolate bar (broken into pieces)
- 32 oz vanilla flavored almond bark (broken into pieces)
- Christmas sprinkles (optional)
- Add the peanuts, chocolate chips, German chocolate, and almond bark to a slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low for 1 to 1.5 hours. Stirring after 1 hour.
- Stir, and continue to cook for another 30 minutes, or until the candy can be stirred thoroughly and all the chocolate is melted.
- Line the counter top, or some cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Use a 1 TBS sized cookie scoop to scoop the candy out carefully onto the parchment paper. Place each of the candies at least 1 inch apart from each other so the chocolate isn't touching.
- Sprinkle candy with sprinkles or sea salt if desired.
- Let the candy clusters sit until the chocolate is set. Or place the cookie sheets into the fridge to chill quicker.