Sunday, December 13, 2015

Crockpot Candy

 Crockpot Candy is the easiest and most impressive homemade candy ever.  A rich chocolaty, peanutty 4 ingredient recipe that you simply toss in the slow cooker, stir a few times and scoop it out.  It doesn't get much easier than that!

Crockpot Candy is the easiest and most impressive homemade candy ever.  A rich chocolaty, peanutty 4 ingredient recipe that you simply toss in the slow cooker, stir a few times and scoop it out.  It doesn't get much easier than that! 

I shared this recipe for Crockpot Candy at Christmastime but it is crazy popular this summer. So, I wanted to share it with you again. Making dessert in the oven in August just seems cruel some days. Dessert is the crockpot is brilliant!


I have a thing for peanut clusters, but the thought of melting the chocolate over the stove or in the microwave, only to have it thicken so quickly because it is chilly in the house frustrates me to no end.
Then I remembered this crockpot candy that I have spotted all over the internet. I found my favorite version over at Fake Ginger and slightly adapted it to suite my tastes.I know I have professed my love for simple recipes over the years, but I have to tell you this may be my favorite candy recipe ever. It doesn't get much easier and the taste is phenomenal.

http://theslowroasteditalian-printablerecipe.blogspot.com/2014/11/classic-slow-cooker-stuffing.htmlI have been really loving my crockpots lately. Honestly I only cook a few times a week and then we reheat our dinners the other days. I don't know how that happened, but I like it and it works for us.As of late, on the cooking days you will find a slow cooker (or 3) on the counter.

When I started thinking about candy making, the slow cooker was on my mind and this recipe immediately popped in my head. So I sent Chad to the store to grab a few things at the store and I had candy in just a few short hours (start to finish while my daughter napped). Rich and chocolaty this recipe is so easy to make it will certainly become a family tradition.

Enjoy!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Slightly adapted from Fake Ginger


Crockpot Candy
MAKES 144 (1 Tbsp) Candies  |  ACTIVE TIME 30 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 2 Hours 30 Minutes

34.5 ounces honey roasted dry roasted peanuts (I used planters)
32 ounces almond bark (vanilla flavored)
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
4 ounces German chocolate bar (by Baker's)
optional garnish: sprinkles or crushed candy canes

Layer ingredients into crockpot (I used a 5 quart), starting with the peanuts. Cover. Cook for 1 hour on low temperature. Do not stir. After 1 hour stir mixture and continue to cook, stirring every 15-20 minutes for another hour (a total of 2 hours).

Meanwhile line countertop or table with a long piece of parchment paper.

Turn off crockpot. Use a 1 tablespoon scooper to scoop out candy from crockpot and onto parchment paper. Make sure candy is not touching. Top with favorite garnish.

Allow to cool completely.

Serve and enjoy!


Recipe adapted by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2014 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:
4-6 Quart Slow Cooker
1 Tablespoon Scooper
Parchment paper

Crock Pot Candy

The Slow Roasted Italian
Published 12/04/2014
Crock Pot Candy
Crock Pot Candy is the easiest and most impressive homemade candy ever. A rich chocolaty, peanutty 4 ingredient recipe that you simply toss in the slow cooker, stir a few times and scoop it out. It doesn't get much easier than that!

Ingredients

  • 34.5 ounces honey roasted dry roasted peanuts (I used planters)
  • 32 ounces almond bark (vanilla flavored)
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces German chocolate bar (by Baker's)
  • optional garnish: sprinkles or crushed candy canes

Instructions

  1. Layer ingredients into crock pot (I used a 5 quart), cover.
  2. Cook for 1 hour on low temperature. Do not stir.
  3. After 1 hour stir mixture and continue to cook, stirring every 15-20 minutes for another hour (a total of 2 hours).
  4. Meanwhile line counter top or table with a long piece of parchment paper.
  5. Turn off crock pot. Use a 1 tablespoon scooper to scoop out candy from crock pot and onto parchment paper. Make sure candy is not touching. Top with favorite garnish.
  6. Allow to cool completely.
Yield: Makes 144 (1 Tbsp) Candies
Cook time: 2 hrs
Total time: 2 hrs. 30 mins.
Tags: Crock Pot, Crock Pot Candy, Crockpot Candy, Crockpot, Slow Cooker, Peanut Clusters, Holiday, Dessert, Candy, Homemade

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Originally published 12/4/14

111 comments:

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    1. It is a semi sweett baking bar of chocolate. Looks like a large Candy bar. Get it at the grocery store or even Walmart. Sold in a 4oz bar.

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    2. Do you put the peanuts in with the chocolate? recipe doesn't say ...thank you

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    3. It says: Layer ingredients into crockpot (I used a 5 quart), starting with the peanuts.

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    4. bakes chocolate is unsweetened, not semi sweet-you use it for brownies. otherwise, I imagine it would say to use 2 cups of semi sweet morsels

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    5. I would prefer dark chocolate I'm with the semi sweet morsels, what would I use to replace the German Choc Bar.

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    6. I use peanut butter morsal chips instead of the German chocolate. Absolutely relish. I make it every year and send to my sons school for his teachers

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    7. How many ounces of peanut butter chips did you use in lieu of the German chocolate Pamela? That sounded delicious.

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  2. What is white almond bark?

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    1. white almond bark is white chocolate (if you didn't know it is caffeine free) it comes in a block at WalMart for like $2.50... it is delicious~!

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    2. It's not actually chocolate. Is a confectionary coating

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    3. Agreed. The stuff you get at Walmart barely resembles white chocolate; most of us couldn't afford it, and it can be very tricky to use. Sam's Club used to have 2-lb. chunks of their imitation white chocolate; much higher quality. Now they carry bags of - I've lost the word for it - small circles you can melt much more easily than chopping up the blocks.

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    4. I used vanilla-flavored chips in place of the almond bark, and it worked great.

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  3. Oooh, Donna, I do hope you'll swing by to Food on Friday to add this to Christmas Favourites! Cheers from Carole from Carole's Chatter

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  4. Cool! No fuss candy. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda

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  5. Can you use a oven bag in the crockpot for easier clean up with this recipe?

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  6. I'm allergic to tree nuts, can I substitute white chocolate for the almond bark?

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    1. Almond bark is a white confectionery coating, similar to white chocolate, but it contains vegetable fat instead of cocoa butter. There are no nuts in it, but you could absolutely substitute white chocolate.

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    3. There are no almonds in almond bark unless you add them. Ingredients: Sugar (Sugar, Cornstarch), Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Whey Powder, Soy Lecithin (An Emulsifier) And Artificial Flavor. Contains Soy And Milk Products.

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    4. Almond Bark doesn't necessarily contain almonds. Check the ingredient list on the package.

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    5. White chocolate and almond bark are the same thing.double check the package for ingredients just to make sure.

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  7. We made this before with a crockpot liner...big mistake! It was like the peanuts got so hot, they burned through the liner and everything was scorched!

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    1. Thanks for the tip Brooke, we have readers asking about that.

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    2. I have made this recipe for years and ALWAYS use a crock pot liner, never had a problem. Be patient and keep on low setting. Makes cleanup SOOOOO much easier.

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    3. I just soaked the crock for a bit in hot soapy water and it cleaned up very quickly and easily.

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  8. What is vanilla almond bark and where can I get it?

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    1. Any grocery store will have it in the baking section. I get mine at Aldi during the holidays.

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    2. Some brands call the almond bark, Candy Quik. It is usually on the baking aisle and comes in a little tray. You just break it up and add to the crock pot.

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  9. we do something similar every year but never though to use the crockpot for it before. GENIUS!

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    1. Thanks! Hope it makes your candy making easier.

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  10. Donna- email me at bellecooking at gmail dot com if you might be interested in doing link swaps each week.

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  11. I had to add milk to it as it was a hard solid mass. Also could not find almond bark so I used white chips and some almond extract - we haven't tasted yet but it smells good!

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    1. your almond extract is what made it a solid mass - it has alcohol in it - this sets chocolate.

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    2. almond bark is in the Jewel baking section.......it's a must have

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    3. Thank you! Won't do that again! :) What is a jewel baking section?

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    4. p.s. I also added coconut (for hubby) and some powdery almonds along w/ dry roasted unsalted peanuts (son won't eat salt) did not have red & green jimmies so I smashed red & white mints for sprinkling. Due to my changes they would not harden as individual treats so I returned to crockpot & melted it down again, lined 2 baking sheets w/ parchment paper & spread it as a solid mass. Left out to harden overnight & cut into small squares. They are AMAZING!!!!! Son works at a 1 star Michelin restaurant & crabby Exec Chef flipped out over the deliciousness! Thank you! Now looking to play around with a peanut butter/chocolate/peanut mixture :)

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  12. How much does this make? Thinking about packaging and gifting in the office.

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    1. Mine made about 12 dozen 1 tablespoon candies. Enjoy!

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    2. I did not have a 1 TBS. scoop so dropped from a teaspoon and got about 90 candies so were a bit larger than those from the recipe. Doesn't matter, put three dishes of them around the side tables for Christmas Day and refilled the dishes at least 3 times and still had enough to send home with guests and to freeze. I recommend at least halving the recipe unless you are making for gifts or having a really large crowd of guests. DELICIOUS!

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  13. Sounds so easy. I want to try this with pecans and caramel some how. Haven't quite figured out how yet.

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    1. I am with you on that. I am trying to figure it out myself. Let me know what you come up with and if I figure it out, I will let you share it.

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    2. try after you place spoon of mixture on paper making I well in center before it can set up, then melt your camel as normal and fill the well with the carmel and let set up before packaging

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    3. That would turn them into "turtles" Look for a recipe for them. I use to have one that used a can of condensed milk boiled in the can in a pot filled with water they were wonderful.

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    4. Use pecans and caramel baking bits. Kraft has them, and I've seen Snickers baking bits as well. I'm sure there are others. If you can't find them locally, just look online.

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    5. Maybe carmel and nuts in crockpot, then will have to deep in chocolate,

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  14. Can I substitute almonds for peanuts and caramel for bark?? I would like some Almond bears

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    1. Get the Kraft caramel bits (or something similar) and stir them in at the last minute?

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  15. DO you put the peanuts as the first layer or the almond bark? And do you grease the bottom of the crock pot?

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    1. The recipe says to layer the ingredients in the crock pot, starting with the peanuts. Where is the confusion?

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  16. One bag semisweet choc chips one bag butterscotch chips, can of redskin peanuts. Melt the chips in your crock pot, stir in the peanuts and Use a 1 tablespoon scooper to scoop out candy from crock pot and onto parchment paper.

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  17. One bag of semi sweet chocolate chips one bag of butterscotch chips and one can of redskin peanuts. Melt chips in the crock pot, stir in peanuts and Use a 1 tablespoon scooper to scoop out candy from crock pot and onto parchment paper.

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    1. I add chow mein noodles and marshmellows to this mixture. My kids call them spider cookies.

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    2. I was thinking by about the Clemson noodles and marshmallows, but, when I make mine i only use butterscotch chips. No chocolate chips. We call them haystacks.

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  18. Going to try this today! Sounds delicious!

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  19. In the crock pot right now. Hoping it turns out...

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  20. Tried making these with no luck. The chocolate will not harden up. What could I have done wrong?

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    1. Same thing here. Very frustrated as it was not super cheap to make. What happened?

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    2. You need to be sure to use the chocolate or vanilla bark, that is what hardens nicely, the chips alone won't harden nearly as well without the bark, if you can't find bark use candy making chocolate.

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  21. I made this recipe but I put muffin paper liners in a muffin pan...scooped 1 1/2 tbls of mixture into each and allowed to cool! Worked out GREAT!

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  22. Just got done making these candies but put them in mini baking cups instead of parchment paper hence less handling them with my hands. it was really easy to make but I will let you know how they taste. fingers crossed

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    1. OMG these were delicious and took them to work for three days and gave them away to the neighbors

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    2. I am so happy you loved them. Happy New Year!

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    3. I have made these in the microwave. I use 1/2 block of chocolate (from Walmart) and 1 can of Spanish peanuts and it turns out great.

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  23. When I make this stovetop, I never cook my nuts first. I've used all kinds of nuts, peanuts, cashews, canned mixed nuts, raisins, even mini marshmallows! What does cooking the nuts first do?

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    1. The recipe doesn't say to cook the peanuts first. It does say to layer all the ingredients in the crockpot, starting with the peanuts.

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  24. Why not melt chocolates in the microwave then add nuts and drop by spoonfuls?

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  25. could you please tell me how to store the candy once it has cooled? thank you,
    jane

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  26. could you tell me how to store it after it has cooled? thank you,
    jane

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  27. when I make melted chocolate it has a whiteish layer on top, what am I doing wrong?

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    1. Probably got it too hot..

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  28. I accidentally bought chocolate almond bark. Will that work?

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    1. Absolutely! It will just be more chocolaty. Nothing wrong with that. Enjoy.

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  29. I use everything you listed but I use one chocolate almond bark and one white almond bark, semi sweet choc chips, and one 4 oz bar German choc (Bakers green box), and regular roasted peanuts

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  30. Kraft sells "caramel bits" in a bag in the baking section. They are little balls of caramel about the size of chick peas. I am going to try mixing some into the mixture at the very end, just as I am getting ready to spoon them onto the parchment. Hopefully they don't melt too fast.

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  31. I want to use pecans, should I roast them first?

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    1. I did this with raw pecans and they still got that lightly toasted flavor that I love. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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  32. How do you store this candy and for how long will it keep ?

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    1. I have stored it in the fridge, freezer and counter. It has been really hot in my house so the counter top method was not the best option, the candy became sticky and whitish. The freezer is great, unless you want to pop them in your mouth without thawing. That said, the fridge has been my best method but any way will work. They have lasted as long a month with no issues (could be longer but we ate them all).

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  33. Just made a batch of this, but tweaked it a bit and made it with a creamy center.which turned out great. This is the easiest candy ever thanks for sharing.

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    1. Creamy center? Sounds fascinating. I would love to hear what you did.

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  34. Just .made a batch and used almonds and cashews...turned out soooo good!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  35. I just stored mine on the counter. Didn't even bother covering them. Still good 1 1/2 weeks later. :)

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    1. They wouldn't last that long at my house!!!

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  36. This will make a nice Christmas candy to give as a gift. Thank you, Lynn

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  37. I have made crockpot candy for over 20 years and I just love it...it is so easy and you can make so many different kinds.I actually bought the crockpot that is 2 next to each other..I can do 2 batches at a time and at Christmas this makes it quick and easy...I do a few things different than your recipe.but basicly its the same just different ingredients..I do a white almond bark with white chips and crush candy canes and a drop of red food coloring and make pepermint ones..the kids love these..its also easier to use a ice cream scoop to get it out too...love the recipes...keep them coming..thanks K

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  38. does anyone know the nutritional profile on this?

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  39. I made this last year, and then I made it again with the chocolate bark and dark chocolate chips, was even better, I am a dark chocolate fan. I did not use the crockpot, did it on the stove. LOVED EVERY BITE... Makes a lot, we give candies and cookies and breads for gifts annually. This was a big hit!

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  40. Has anyone tried this recipe with white chocolate? If so what would the recipe look like? Thanks for sharing!

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  41. If you were to sell these, what would you sell these for?

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  42. I have made these for many years. I spoon into candy liners to set up. This recipe is perfect to follow as is. I also have added raisins to the last third of the mixture. It's like the old Chunky candy.

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  43. Could you make this with pretzels instead of nuts?

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  44. I couldn't find the German chocolate bar I bought a different kind will that be okay or Should I go to another store and try to find that one.. I can't wait to try this

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  45. The recipe says total cook time 2 hrs. 30 min. It says to cook one hour and then stir. Let cook another hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes. Where is the other 30 minutes?

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  46. The total cook time says 2 hrs. 30 min. It says to cook one hour and then stir. Stir every 15-20 minutes for another hour. Where is the other 30 minutes?

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    1. It actually says Cook Time: 2hours. Total Time : 2 1/2 hours. The half hour is preparation time, as well as dropping the mixture onto the waxed paper.

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  47. you can make these recipes without nuts in it if you are one of those that have allageeys to nuts

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    1. Yes, I have made chocolate lollipops using this recipe, minus nuts, in lollipop molds.

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  48. I've made this for years and make it in the oven in a roaster pan. I don't use the German Bakers Chocolate just 2 lbs. almond bark and (2) 12 oz. Hershey's special dark chocolate chips and (2) 12 oz. cans roasted peanuts. Preheat oven to 250 degrees and put the mixture in the oven and turn it off. Let set in oven for 15 minutes. Stir well with heavy wooden spoon and spoon out onto waxed or parchment paper. Sometimes I add more peanuts to the mixture than it calls for to make it really full of peanuts. This recipe is addictive.

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  49. I am so glad someone shared this recipe this year. I made it last year and got RAVE reviews. Bought little baking cups to try this year!!!

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  50. I am so glad someone shared this recipe this year. I made it last year and got RAVE reviews. Bought little baking cups to try this year!!!

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  51. I am so glad someone shared this recipe this year. I made it last year and got RAVE reviews. Bought little baking cups to try this year!!!

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  52. The german chocolate bar, is it cooking chocolate? I have never heard of baking chocolate or seen it. We don't have Walmart here so wouldn't know where to get it. What can I use instead. Is it important or can I just leave it out? Many questions I know. :)

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  53. I use a very similar recipe every year but it is called Reindeer Poop and has a cute little saying that goes with it :) The crock pot works great, don't have to bother with it until almost all melted.

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  54. Do you crush or break up the bars of chocolate?

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  55. Do you crush or break up the chocolate bars?

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