Crockpot Candy

Crockpot Candy is the perfect easy holiday recipe. It’s creamy, chocolatey and filled with crunchy peanuts for a salty-sweet treat. Made in the slow cooker with only 4 ingredients!

Crockpot candy is an easy recipe for chocolate peanut clusters that's perfect for the holidays

Have you ever made Crockpot candy before? It tastes like chocolate covered peanuts only there’s way more chocolatey goodness. And since it’s made in your slow cooker – it seriously couldn’t be easier to make.

Over the holidays, I love making candy and confections. It’s perfect for entertaining, snacking on while wrapping presents, or as a homemade gift. And by far the easiest Christmas candy you can make is this Crockpot candy.

It’s creamy, salty, crunchy, sweet and all kinds of deliciousness. Plus – can you really say no to chocolate peanut clusters?

Overhead shot of a plate of chocolate crockpot candy with holiday sprinkles.

Crockpot Candy Ingredients

  • 2 lbs almond bark
  • 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 oz dark chocolate
  • 32 oz salted peanuts (unsalted peanuts work too – but I prefer salted)

The almond bark helps the chocolate clusters set, and ensures that they’re creamy smooth and not too sweet. You can substitute the dark chocolate for extra semi-sweet chocolate if you prefer it a little less rich. Either way – you’ll end up with creamy, smooth chocolate.

What’s so awesome about this recipe is that you can make a batch even if you have other things in your oven or on your stove.

How to Make Crockpot Candy

Simply dump the almond bark and chocolate into your slow cooker on low heat.

Cover the lid and let everything melt together for 1 hour, then give it a stir and continue cooking for another 30 minutes. Turn off the slow cooker and stir in the peanuts. Then drop tablespoon-sized clusters onto a lined cookie sheet. I like to add a few holiday sprinkles on top of each cluster for a more festive look – but that’s totally up to you.

Crockpot candies on a baking sheet hardening.

You’ll get about 50-60 clusters total depending on the size of each cluster,  so this recipe definitely feeds a crowd. Although it never lasts long in my house.

Now if you don’t have a slow cooker – you can definitely still make this recipe. Instead add the almond bark and chocolate to a very large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium power for 1-minute intervals, stirring between each. Make sure your microwave is on medium power (not high!) otherwise the chocolate can bake instead of melt. Then once everything is melted together, stir in the peanuts and drop into clusters onto your cookie sheet.

Want to make white chocolate Crockpot candy? Simply replace the chocolate almond bark with white almond bark, and the semi-sweet chocolate and dark chocolate with white chocolate.

A container of Crockpot candies with a glass of milk.

This Crockpot candy is such an easy, delicious holiday treat. You can wrap it up with holiday cellophane bags or use holiday tins for an easy, delicious gift. Everyone loves these chocolate peanut butter clusters, and after trying one you’ll know exactly why!

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Chocolate Crockpot Candy on a white plate.

Crockpot Candy

Crockpot Candy is the perfect easy holiday recipe. It's creamy, chocolatey and filled with crunchy peanuts for a salty-sweet treat. Made in the slow cooker with only 4 ingredients!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 60 clusters

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs almond bark
  • 4 oz dark chocolate
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • 32 oz jar salted peanuts
  • holiday sprinkles optional

Instructions
 

  • Roughly chop the almond bark and dark chocolate.
  • Place the almond bark, dark chocolate, and semi-sweet chocolate in the Crockpot and cook on low for 1 hour.
  • Give it a stir then cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Stir in the peanuts.
  • Drop tablespoon-sized dollops onto a lined cookie sheet. Optionally, add a few sprinkles on top of each. 
  • Let the clusters set for about 2 hours, or until hardened. 

Crockpot Candy is the perfect easy holiday recipe. It's creamy, chocolatey and filled with crunchy peanuts for a salty-sweet treat. Made in the slow cooker with only 4 ingredients!

Fiona

Fiona blogs over at Just So Tasty where she shares easy, classic recipes for desserts & sweet treats. A peanut butter lover, chocolate connoisseur, and sprinkle addict - she hopes to make your life sweeter, one cookie at a time. She also teaches yoga, because life is all about balance.

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  1. Can you add some melted caramel to
    Melted chocolate and SWIRL it in before
    Adding the nuts or add them together
    And swirl & then drop? I love chocolate
    and caramel nut clusters!
    Called Turtles, but crockpot method sounds
    easy and great!

  2. This sounds delicious, but I am not sure about which kind of dark chocolate to purchase. Is it in a bar like the almond bark or baking chocolate and with the other bar type chocolates and chocolate chips, etc.? Thanks for your help.