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.
This recipe is part of Christmas Candy Recipes. Check out other easy candy recipes.
Pro Tips: 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.
The Almond Bark
Almond bark is a vanilla flavored candy coating is made with vegetable fats instead of cocoa butter. It also has some coloring and flavors added.
Almond bark comes in bars and chunks and it is very a chocolate-like in uses texture and tastes but tends to be harder. Sometime called coating candy.
It is a bit "old school" to use almond bark since the newer (ok not that new) candy melts are basically the same or at least close enough, you use the same weight.
Almond bark is sometimes hard to find. Smaller market will usually have during the holiday season. Walmart, I believe, usually has it in stock.
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.
The size of the recipe and servings.
I know this is 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 says the guy who has eaten a hundred of these.
Low Vs. High on the Crock Pot.
Why low? Can I just turn it up? No, please don’t do that.
On low, most crock pots are about 200 degrees. On high some crock pots may run 250+ degrees. They shouldn't but they do. That is just too high for chocloate and will ruin the texture.
I use a standard size (6-8 quart) size crock pot for this recipe. If you cut it in half, you can use a smaller crock pot.
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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.
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Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Clusters
- 2 pounds dry roasted peanuts - salted or light salted
- 2 pounds white almond bark - May use candy "melts"
- 1 pound semi-sweet chocolate chips - or chunks
- 4 ozs German milk chocolate bar
- Dump the peanuts into a medium to large crock pot (6-8 quart). 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.
- Cook on low with cover on. Do not cook on high.
- You may use candy "melts" if unable to find almond bark.
- I like the German chocolate but if you must, substitute in more chocolate chips.
- 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.
- I like lightly salted nuts here, but full salt is ok. Some recipes call for a pound each of salted and unsalted.