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Crockpot Candy {Chocolate Peanut Clusters}

Easy homemade crockpot candy (chocolate peanut clusters) recipe that’s full of white chocolate, semisweet chocolate, peanut butter, salted peanuts and sprinkles.

Yes, you can make candy in a crockpot! Shocking, I know, but it’s true. It’s not only possible, it’s delicious, and it makes the perfect homemade gift for the Christmas holidays. There isn’t much that beats the combination of chocolate and peanut butter in the sweets world, so this candy is fantastic all around. Need more holiday treats for gifts or parties? Make sure to try this Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark, Peanut Butter Fudge, or these Buckeyes (Peanut Butter Balls). They are all decadent and delicious treats.

How To Make Crockpot Candy Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Add ingredients to slow cooker– Both almond barks, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and peanuts.
  2. Mix– Roughly combine everything.
  3. Cover and cook– On Low heat.
  4. Stir!
  5. Cover and cook again– On Low heat.
  6. Stir again– Until chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
  7. Shape candies– Drop candy mixture by spoonfuls onto a few cookie trays, lined with wax paper.
  8. Set and harden clusters– At room temperature for 2 hours. Enjoy!

Variations For Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Add caramel– For a sweeter taste and chewy texture.

Add mini marshmallows– Make sure to stir the marshmallows in at the very end when mixture is not too warm because otherwise they will melt too much.

Other topping options– You can omit this entirely, or top with more crushed nuts, coarse salt, pretzels, or crushed oreo cookies.

Add extracts and zests– Such as orange or lemon zest, or vanilla, maple, orange, mint, or bourbon extracts.

Try other nuts– Such as cashews, pecans, walnuts, or almonds.

Try other nut butter– Such as cashew, almond, or sunflower butter.

Add dried fruits– Such as cherries, apricots, coconut, or blueberries.

Make with just white chocolate– For a sweeter and different visual presentation since they will be white then instead of brown.

Make with dark chocolate– For a less sweet version.

Add peanut butter chips– For more peanut flavor and a lighter color.

Tips And Techniques For Slow Cooker Chocolate Candy

Setting time– The addition of peanut butter to these candies causes the setting time to increase. If you want to speed up the cooling process, then refrigerate them. Otherwise cool them for a minimum of 2 hours at room temperature.

Make in the microwave instead– Melt chocolate and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl, making sure to stir every 30-60 seconds to prevent the chocolate from burning. Then stir in the peanuts, make clusters, and cool.

Don’t cook on high– Cooking on High will burn the chocolate, and that does not taste good.

Make sure to stir halfway through– Because this allows for even melting of the ingredients.

Salted peanuts Vs. Unsalted peanuts– Roasted salted peanuts are my first choice, they create a lovely sweet and salty flavor combo.

What size crockpot to use? I recommend a 5 or 6 quart crockpot or larger for best results.

How long does it take for chocolate to melt in slow cooker/crockpot? It will take 1.5-2 hours total for the chocolate to melt depending on how hot your crockpot gets.

Use a liner in the crockpot– For easy clean-up, and so much time saved.

Break up the bark– It can not be put in whole. It must be broken up in order to melt evenly.

Line tray with wax paper– To prevent the candy from sticking to the tray and breaking.

Storage

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for 5 days. They can also be kept in a sealed container at room temperature for 5 days.

Freeze– In a sealed container or freezer bag for up to 2 months. Eat frozen or thaw to room temperature.

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Crockpot Candy (Chocolate Peanut Clusters)

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Easy homemade crockpot candy (chocolate peanut clusters) recipe that's full of white chocolate, semisweet chocolate, peanut butter, salted peanuts.
Yield: 70 Pieces

Ingredients

  • 1 packet Chocolate almond bark, 1 pound packet, Broken up
  • 1 packet White chocolate almond bark, 1 pound packet, Broken up
  • 2 cups Chocolate chips, Semisweet
  • 1 cup Peanut butter
  • 3 cups Salted peanuts
  • 2-3 tbsp Sprinkles, Optional

Instructions 

  • Add both almond barks, chocolate chips, peanut butter, peanuts in a slow cooker (5 or 6 quart).
  • Mix to roughly combine everything.
  • Cover and cook on Low heat for 1 hour.
  • Then, stir everything together.
  • Cover and cook again on Low heat for another 30 minutes- 1 hour.
  • Stir again until chocolate is fully melted and mixture is smooth.
  • Drop candy mixture by spoonfuls onto a few cookie trays, lined with wax paper.
  • Optional: Toss some sprinkles on top.
  • Allow these chocolate clusters to set and harden at room temperature for about 2 hours. Refrigerating them will obviously speed up the process. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature or fridge for up to 5 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 87kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 50mg, Potassium: 105mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 87
Author: Abeer Rizvi
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