Sunday, March 1, 2020

St Patrick's Day Crockpot Candy (VIDEO)

St Patrick's Day Crockpot Candy is the easiest and most impressive homemade candy ever. A minty sweet 4-ingredient Leprechaun Treat that you simply toss in the slow cooker, stir a few times and scoop it out. It doesn't get much easier than that!

If you are looking for more fun St. Patrick's Day recipes you will love our Lucky Charms No-Bake PieMint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip, McDonald's Copycat Shamrock Shake, and our Chocolate Mint Oreo Cookie Trifle.

St Patrick's Day Crockpot Candy is the easiest and most impressive homemade candy ever. A minty sweet 4-ingredient Leprechaun Treat that you simply toss in the slow cooker, stir a few times and scoop it out. It doesn't get much easier than that!  

We have a thing for peanut clusters around here. And the ease of making Crockpot Candy makes it an absolute favorite.

Do I have to make St Patrick's Day Crockpot Candy in a slow cooker?

You can prepare this on the stovetop if desired. But, the slow cooker gives you a no-fuss recipe and keeps the melted chocolate melty and easy to work with while you are scooping it out.

Can I substitute chocolate chips for the vanilla candy coating?

You can use white chocolate chips or Wilton Candy Melts in place of the vanilla candy coating. I generally use almond bark that you can buy at Wal-Mart. It is what my mom used for peanut clusters and I keep it on hand.

What is vanilla candy coating?

Vanilla candy coating (commonly known as almond bark) is a chocolate-like candy made with vegetable fats instead of cocoa butter. It melts evenly without tempering and is great for candy making.

Can I freeze St Patrick's Day Crockpot Candy?

Allow candy to cool completely. You can toss it in the fridge to speed the process up. Place candy in an airtight container, or in a zip-top freezer bag with the air pressed out. Candy will keep in the freezer for 6 months. Be sure to defrost before serving.

How to Make St. Patrick's Day Crockpot Candy

  • Combine peanuts and candy coating in the slow cooker on low.
  • Cook, covered for 1 hour.
  • Stir.
  • Cook for another hour.
  • Stir in all but 1/2 cup of M&M's.
  • Scoop candy, decorate and allow to set up.

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Helpful Tips to make St Patrick's Day Crockpot Candy:

  • You can make this recipe with CandiQuik, Almond Bark (not actually made with almonds), vanilla candy melts and even white chocolate in this recipe. I have tried them all and we have loved every one.
  • You can use two spoons to drop the candy onto your parchment paper but using a tablespoon scooper is my preferred method. It assures all of the candy will be the same size and it is easier and less messy.

What you will need to make St Patrick's Day Crockpot Candy:

  • Vanilla Candy Coating - You can use CandiQuik, Almond Bark (not actually made with almonds), vanilla candy melts and even white chocolate in this recipe.
  • 4-6 Quart Slow Cooker - This is my favorite. 
  • 1 Tablespoon Scooper - This is one of my favorite kitchen tools. It is perfect for candy making, meatballs, and so many more recipes.
  • Crockpot Liners - I never use them because I wash the crock when it is still a little warm and the candy comes right out, but if you are worried about the cleanup, these are foolproof.
  • Parchment Paper-I get lazy having to wash the Silpat liners. I love that I can toss this when I am done.

Enjoy!

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St Patrick's Day Crockpot Candy

Check out more of our favorite Crockpot Candy recipes: 

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See how easy this St Patrick's Day Crock Pot Candy is to make. Watch the video!!!


Yield: makes 144 (1Tbsp) Candies

St Patrick's Day Crockpot 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!
prep time: 30 minscook time: 2 hourtotal time: 2 hours and 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 34.5 ounces honey roasted dry roasted peanuts (I used planters)
  • 48 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating (Almond Bark or CandiQuik)
  • 11.4 ounces Dark Chocolate Mint M&Ms
  • Garnishes: seasonal sprinkles (I used shamrocks, gold coins, and green & white jimmies)

Instructions

    1. Layer peanuts and then vanilla candy coating into the crockpot (I used a 5-quart). Cover. Cook for 1 hour on low temperature without lifting the lid. After 1 hour, stir the mixture and continue to cook, stirring every 15-20 minutes for another hour (a total of 2 hours).
    2. Meanwhile, line 3 cookie sheets with Silpat mats or line countertop or table with a long piece of parchment paper.
    3. Turn off the crockpot. Reserve 1/2 cup M&M's.
    4. When you are ready to scoop, pour remaining M&M's into the crockpot and fold in.
    5. Working quickly, use a 1-tablespoon scooper to portion out candy from crockpot and onto parchment paper. Make sure candy is not touching. Once the entire cookie sheet is scooped (before candy dries) top with 1 M&M and sprinkles.
    6. Allow the candy to cool completely.

    DONNA'S NOTES

    1. Crockpot Candy will keep in the freezer in an airtight container or a ziptop freezer bag for 6 months. Be sure to defrost before serving.
    2. If you wish to have flatter (easier to bite into) candies, use the back of the scooper to press down the candy a bit before it is garnished.
    3. If your kitchen is cool your candy may set up faster. Keep an eye on it and add garnishes after the first dozen or so have been scooped so they do not dry before you can decorate them. 



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