Just 5 minutes, 4 ingredients and 2 hours in the crock pot will get you great candy for holiday giving or use these chocolate peanut clusters for the cookie exchange, or the office holiday party.
It is the holiday season, and we are all rushed. Or at least you are, I’m retired now, YEA. So I have for you a recipe that will take you only 5 minutes preparation time mostly spent breaking up the chocolate and almond bark. 2 hours on low in the crock pot and a few minutes scooping. Use your two hours any way you want. I took a nap.
I have seen this recipe around for a few years, and I’m sure it is a lot older than that. I will use the Food.com version as my stated inspiration piece, but I found at least six variations. Some used half unsalted nuts. There is some variation in the chocolate and a few add vanilla.
An easy 5. These are evil good.
Recipe Notes for Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Clusters
It is alway interesting to read the comments on recipes. The comments on this one will tell the story. Everybody gave it 5 stars. There were lots of variations by the commenters, so this should tell you it is a very forgiving recipe. Change the nuts, add some coconut, switch out the almond bark for something else. It just always works.
First, let’s talk trying to find almond bark. It is sometimes hard to find. I looked at my normal local supermarket, nothing. I looked at my Meijer superstore. They have everything right. Nope.
I looked on Amazon. It was expensive ($8 plus for 1.5 lbs), but in the comments, people referred to Walmart. Now, I’m not a Walmart shopper normally, but I checked their web site. It was in stock at my local Walmart isle 17A. Yep, right there and cheap (about $3). And just 2 days ago my local store started stocking it for the holiday season.
Second, the nuts. I used standard dry roasted peanuts. The recipe calls for two pounds, and my container was just over the 2 pounds. I eat the extra. But it would have been fine just to dump it all in. Some recipes use part or all unsalted. Cashews or almonds would be great substitutes. Some added coconut which would also be a nice addition.
Third, the size of the recipe and servings. I know this was going to be a large amount. But my wife had plans to give some away. I suggest a half recipe for most households. The serving size is about one tablespoon which is about one heaping kitchen teaspoon. Make them a little small.
Only 4 ingredients.
Dump the peanuts into a medium to large crock pot. Top with the rest of the ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.
Mix well. Spoon heaping spoonfuls onto parchment paper. Try not to make them too big. It is candy not cookies.
Allow to cool for about 2 hours.
November 25, 2016