Saturday, December 5, 2020

Pretzel Crockpot Candy + Video

Pretzel crockpot candy is creamy, crunchy, peanutty, and perfectly salty and sweet. Make this white chocolate candy in just a few easy steps!

Title text (shown in a pile on parchment paper): Pretzel Crockpot Candy
It’s easy to satisfy any craving with the perfect blend of salty and sweet. Add in some red and green candy, and you’re ready for the holidays!

For a different flavor, try my Crockpot Turtles Candy. It’s just as easy to make as my original recipe, but it has a gorgeous topping of pecans and chocolate drizzle.

There are plenty of other sweet treats you can make in a slow cooker as well!

Crockpot Cinnamon Roasted Almonds make a wonderful party snack, or you can package them up with some crockpot peanut clusters for an easy holiday gift.

Or, make a no-fail Dulce de Leche with just two ingredients and no stirring! It’s rich, creamy, and tastes great on everything.

ingredients for salty sweet crockpot candy

How To Make Pretzel Crockpot Candy

First, make sure you have plenty of time. These take about an hour to cook, plus another couple of hours to cool.

Otherwise, this sweet and salty candy couldn’t be easier to make!

Just layer the chocolate and nuts in the crockpot and cook. Then, stir in the pretzels, scoop out onto parchment, and top with candy and sprinkles.

almond bark in crockpot

Helpful Tips and Tricks
  • Keep it on low heat. Don’t try to make this faster by cooking High. That will only cause the chocolate to burn and you’ll have to start over with all new ingredients.
  • Want to save time? You can mix the M&Ms into the crockpot before scooping if you’d like. Just keep in mind that they’ll be coated in the chocolate, so they will be white instead of Christmas colored.
  • Tip for Quicker Cooling: To set the white chocolate candy more quickly, pop the baking sheets into the refrigerator.
  • Want an easy holiday food gift? Place liners in muffin pans and scoop the candy into those instead of onto parchment. It will take a little longer for them to cool, but this is a great option for when you’ll be packaging them as gifts.
pouring peanuts into slow cooker

Kitchen Tools For Making Crockpot Peanut Clusters
  • Slow Cooker - I recommend using at least a 4-quart sized crock, but larger is better so everything melts evenly.
  • Cookie Scoops - For this recipe, I typically use a 3 Tablespoon scoop, but using a smaller one will yield more treats.
  • Baking Sheets - Used for anything from cookies to roasting, a good baking pan will last for years.
  • Parchment Paper - Prevents your treats from sticking and makes clean up a breeze!

white chocolate chips on top of peanuts in slow cooker

Recipe Notes + FAQ

Storage and Freezing

These are usually fine at room temperature for a few weeks, but storing them in a sealed container will help keep them fresh.

If your kitchen is particularly warm, you may want to keep them in the refrigerator so they don’t soften and separate.

This sweet and salty candy should last up to a month when chilled. Or, you can freeze it for longer, but let the pieces thaw a bit before serving.
 
melted white chocolate on peanuts

Can I use different kinds of nuts?

Sure! Almonds, cashews, and macadamia nuts would all taste great. You can even mix and match, as long as the measurements stay the same.

How many treats does this recipe make?

With the larger scoop, you should get about 3 dozen crockpot peanut clusters. If you need more, use a smaller scoop or double the ingredients.

Pretzel Crockpot Candy on parchment paper

Can I replace the almond bark with more white chocolate chips?

For this recipe, no. Almond bark is made specifically for melting because the texture stays smooth and it sets up and hardens beautifully.

Using only chocolate chips will result in crumbly and separated white chocolate candy.

If you can’t find almond bark, use white candy melts instead. They are shaped liked quarter-sized discs and can be found in the baking or cake decorating aisles.

Enjoy!

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Pretzel Crockpot Candy


Pretzel Crockpot Candy Recipe Video

To see us make the recipe from start to finish, watch the video on this page.


Yield: 36 Treats
Author: Donna Elick
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Christmas Crockpot Candy

Pretzel Crockpot Candy

Pretzel crockpot candy is creamy, crunchy, peanutty, and perfectly sweet and salty. Make this white chocolate candy in just a few easy steps!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 10 M

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces vanilla almond bark
  • 2 cups (11 oz bag) white chocolate chips
  • 16 ounces dry roasted peanuts (salted)
  • 16 ounces dry roasted peanuts (unsalted)
  • 3 1/2 cups mini pretzel twists
  • Holiday M&Ms (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Holiday sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Layer the following in a crockpot in this order: almond bark, dry roasted peanuts (salted), dry roasted peanuts (unsalted), and white chocolate chips.
  2. Let cook on low for 1 hour (do not stir).
  3. After 1 hour, turn the heat off and stir the mixture.
  4. Break some of the pretzels apart and add pretzels to the crockpot (I like to leave some whole, but you can break them all).
  5. Mix well so that all of the pretzels get coated.
  6. Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper and use a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop or a large spoon or measuring cup to spoon mixture onto the baking sheet.
  7. Top candy with holiday M&Ms and garnish with holiday sprinkles (optional).
  8. Let candy cool completely and enjoy!
DONNA'S NOTES
  1. If you use a smaller spoon or cookie scoop, you will yield more treats.
  2. You could mix the M&Ms in the crockpot, but I didn’t want mine coated with white chocolate.


Title text (pictured in a pile on parchment paper): Pretzel Crockpot Candy

Originally published December 2020

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