Crockpot Christmas Candy is an easy no bake treat with peanuts and chocolate in the slow cooker. This crockpot candy recipe is foolproof and perfect for the holiday season.
My easy chocolate peanut clusters recipe is probably the easiest Christmas candy recipe you can find. Seriously.
While peanut clusters are not just for the holidays, they're perfect for gifting. And this easy homemade candy recipe makes a lot of candy -- like a huge batch of candy, so it's perfect for a holiday party, holiday cookie exchange or sharing with friends, neighbors and co workers!
Best of all, you make this sweet treat entirely in the slow cooker with just a few minutes of prep time!
You only need 4 simple ingredients to make Christmas Crockpot Candy. They should be easy to find in grocery stores or Target or Walmart.
- Peanuts -- 32 ounces or about 5 cups of nuts. I used a combo of dry roasted peanuts, salted cocktail peanuts and cashews. You can use all cocktail peanuts, unsalted peanuts or whatever you prefer
- White almond bark -- (vanilla almond bark) This melts better than white chocolate chips, and gives the candy a glossy finish
- Bakers German's Sweet Chocolate -- melts easily and adds sweetness
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips -- pairs well with the sweet chocolate
- Holiday sprinkles -- Christmas sprinkles in red and green for decoration or crushed candy canes. Flaked salt or sea salt adds to the salty/sweet combo
You will also need a slow cooker, baking sheets and parchment paper or wax paper. For the crock pot -- The larger, the better. I used a 7 quart crockpot.
How to Make Crockpot Candy
First, lightly spray the inside of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Next, break up the almond bark and German chocolate bar into smaller pieces.
Then, add the peanuts to the bottom of the slow cooker.
Next, add the pieces of almond bark and chocolate bars on top of the peanuts. After that, pour the chocolate chips into the slow cooker.
Do NOT stir the mixture.
This next step is optional, but I recommend placing a kitchen towel over the top of the crockpot. Then, place the lid on top of the towel.
I do this just to make sure condensation doesn't fall into the melted chocolate when you lift the lid.
Cook the candy on low for 1 hour. Then, remove lid and gently stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon or large spoon.
The almond bark may not be completely melted, so place the lid back on slow cooker, and stir every 15 minutes or until the chocolate is completely melted.
My slow cooker candy took 1 hour and 15 minutes to melt. The cooking time may vary with different brands and models of slow cookers.
Next, turn the slow cooker off, and give the mixture a good stir. Finally, use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon to drop spoonfuls of the melted chocolate onto cookie sheets lined with wax paper.
You can decorate individual pieces of crock pot Christmas candy with holiday sprinkles or flaked salt before it sets up.
The candy takes about 1-2 hours to set at room temperature. If your house is warm, it may take a little longer. You can speed the process up and place the candy in the refrigerator, but you may not have room for all of it.
How to Store
Store the Christmas candies in an airtight container in a cool place. You can place wax paper between layers so that the candies don't stick.
You do not need to refrigerate peanut clusters unless your house is very warm. They last about 1 week unrefrigerated and 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
You can freeze crockpot Christmas candy in ziploc bags or airtight containers for up to 3 months for best taste.
To make easy crockpot candy without nuts, substitute pretzel pieces or Rice Krispies cereal. Pro tip -- you'll need to add that after the chocolate is melted.
You can use candy coating or candy melts if you can't find almond bark. If you want more peanut flavor, substitute peanut butter chips for the semi sweet chocolate chips.
Use your favorite nuts in this homemade Christmas candy recipe. Almonds, macadamia nuts, cashews, walnuts and pecans work well. You can mix different kinds of nuts.
Add 1 or 2 cups mini marshmallows after stirring the melted chocolate. These taste absolutely delicious!
Tips for Foolproof Crockpot Christmas Candy
Try to use the ingredients in this crockpot Christmas candy recipe as listed. This combination will give you perfect chocolate clusters.
Start with the peanuts on the bottom of the slow cooker. This will help prevent scorching.
You can find almond bark in the baking aisle at Walmart and other grocery stores. You need 2 pounds almond bark for this recipe.
Use the low setting on your crockpot. Mine cooks fast, and the low setting was perfect. If you have an older slow cooker, you may have to cook the ingredients for longer than 1 hour.
Crockpot Christmas Candy
- 32 ounces peanuts
- 2 pounds almond bark broken up
- 4 ounces Bakers Sweet German chocolate bar 1 bar, broken up
- 12 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
- Lightly spray the bottom of the slow cooker with non stick cooking spray
- Pour the peanuts into the crockpot
- Add the almond bark, then the Bakers chocolate bar and chocolate chips
- Place the lid on the crockpot and cook for 1 hour on low
- Stir the chocolate and peanuts together. If it's not quite melted, cook for an additional 15 to 30 minutes, stirring after each 15 minute increment until melted, and stir again
- Turn crockpot off. Scoop mixture onto wax paper lined cookie sheets using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon. Try to form small mounds so that they candies are not flat
- Decorate with holiday sprinkles or flaked salt, and allow to set. Candies take 1-2 hours to set at room temperature
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
My family loves this crockpot Christmas crack recipe. This delicious treat is perfect for this time of year and makes a great gift!
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