Crockpot Candy + Video

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Crockpot candy is easy to make with just five ingredients! Make this recipe for peanut clusters for your dessert table or to give as gifts.

original crockpot candy on round cutting board

Recipes with Original Crockpot Candy

The holiday season can certainly be hectic, but that doesn’t mean that making treats needs to be!

Even better, this homemade candy recipe is incredibly versatile. Get creative with flavors and mix-ins to make your own combinations.

White Chocolate Peppermint Crockpot Candy is perfect for the winter holidays! Three different kinds of nuts balance the sweetness from the chocolate, and every piece is speckled with red and green.

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

Mint Chocolate Homemade Fudge is perfectly creamy with a little crunch from added candy and cookies. Plus, you don’t need a candy thermometer to make it!

peanuts in a slow cooker

Crockpot Candy – Recipe Tips and Notes

Give yourself time! Not only does it take about 2 hours to cook the peanut cluster in the crock pot, but they need to be scooped and cooled as well.

If you need it ready by a specific date, I recommend making it the day before so you don’t feel rushed.

While crock pot candy is incredibly easy to make, there are a few things that might make the process easier.

  • Use Cookie Sheets: Save counter space by lining sheet pans with parchment instead. That way, you can move the candy to another area to cool.
  • Cool Them Faster: If you’re short on time and you have the space, pop the peanut clusters in the refrigerator to cool quickly.
  • Use Mini Muffin Liners: If you’d prefer, place liners in a few mini muffin pans instead of using sheets of parchment. It may take a bit longer for them to cool, but it makes for less handling afterward.
peanuts in crockpot

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Baker’s Chocolate Bar – This is unsweetened to help balance the other ingredients, but feel free to use dark, semi-sweet, or even peanut butter morsels instead.
  • Almond Bark – If you can’t find this in blocks, you can use candy coating discs instead. This is what helps them to set up and harden, so don’t replace this with more chocolate chips. You should be able to find some in the baking or cake decorating aisle.
  • Peanuts – Almonds, cashews, and macadamia nuts would also taste delicious in this recipe!

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Slow Cooker – I recommend using at least a 4-quart sized crock, but larger is better so everything melts evenly.
  • 1 Tablespoon Scooper – This not only makes scooping easier, but it guarantees that all of your candies are the same size.
  • Parchment Paper – Prevents your treats from sticking and makes clean up a breeze!
peanuts with melted milk chocolate mixed in

Crock Pot Candy Recipe Notes + FAQ

Does crock pot candy need to be refrigerated?

While it’s perfectly safe to store these at room temperature, a warm kitchen can cause the ingredients to separate.

These will last at least a month in the refrigerator and even longer in the freezer, though you’ll want to thaw them a little first before eating.

How many treats does this recipe make?

Using a 1 tablespoon scoop, you should be able to make about 12 dozen clusters.

putting mound of original crockpot candy mixture on silicone baking mat with cookie scoop

What about peanut allergies?

Just think of what you like to eat with chocolate and try that instead. Pretzels, candy bar pieces, and pumpkin seeds would all taste great.

Even combinations of things would work, like mini marshmallows and chunks of graham cracker, for s’mores flavored crockpot candy!

Enjoy!

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original crockpot candy arranged on small cutting board

Homemade Candy Recipe Video

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

Original Crockpot Candy + Video

Donna Elick
Crockpot Candy is easy to make with 5 ingredients. This easy peanut clusters recipe makes a sweet treat for holidays and food gifts!!
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Slow Cooker
Servings 144 peanut clusters

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 34.5 ounces honey roasted dry roasted peanuts, I use Planters
  • 32 ounces almond bark, vanilla flavored
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces German chocolate bar, I use Baker's
  • optional garnish: sprinkles or crushed candy canes

Instructions
 

  • Layer ingredients into a 5-quart slow cooker; cover with lid.
  • Cook on Low for 1 hour. 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 portion out candy from crockpot and onto parchment paper.
    Be sure to leave space between each peanut cluster. While the candy is still warm, garnish with sprinkles or other desired toppings.
  • Allow to cool completely.

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 94cal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 30mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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original crockpot candy

Originally published December 2014, updated and republished November 2020

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142 Comments

  1. 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!!!

  2. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I have used semi sweet chips, also white,peanut butter, butterscotch, dark chocolate, and peppermint chips to replace baking chocolate. Depends what flavor I want. Usually replace with 2 normal ( 11 to 12 ounce) bags of chips.

  3. I use a very similar recipe every year but it is called Reindeer Poop and has a cute little saying that goes with it ๐Ÿ™‚ The crock pot works great, don't have to bother with it until almost all melted.

  4. I never use the German chocolate bar, tried it both way and no difference in taste or texture at all only makes it look like milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate and I do not stir at all until after time is up and I'm ready to dip out. Also my recipe calls for 1 jar salted and 1 jar unsalted peanuts which is what I use. Love it !!!!

  5. I only have a crockpot that cooks on high for 4 or 6 hours or low on 8 or 10. Can I still make this recipe and how?

    1. I'd say to follow the directions, set the crockpot for low 8 hours, but then unplug it after the 2 hours.

  6. Made this tonight. Hubby and I love it and we are keeping it in our holiday goodie folder. It was easy and relatively quick to make!

  7. My brother can't have any type of nuts – what would you suggest as a replacement for the nuts so he can make some especially for him?

    1. Not quite sure about this, but I'd try coffee beans. Now I suddenly want to try that myself! Anyone else have suggestions?

    2. Just think of candy bars, or anything you'd like to eat with chocolate, such as: marshmallows, pretzels, graham crackers, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, caramels, toffee bits, crushed or chopped up peppermint candy or candy canes, coconut flakes, broken up cookies (homemade cookies, or crunchy store-bought cookies), brownies, etc.

      You can mix and match different ingredients, such as marshmallows and graham cracker bits for a s'mores-like candy.

      If you use something that is in smaller bits, such as crushed candy canes, you can spread the chocolate out in a thin layer on parchment paper and break it into pieces after it hardens, instead of doing clusters. Sometimes this method is called Almond Bark, or Peppermint Bark–but you can put whatever you want in it and even sprinkle some on top after spreading the chocolate out–or add colorful sprinkles on top.

      I've also seen dried fruit dipped in chocolate, such as dried cherries, cranberries, blueberries, etc. So that might work as clusters.

  8. Why did my chocolate clusters change colors in the fridge? Will the color come back after being out of the fridge for a while?

  9. OMG, this was the easiest and best recipe ever, thanks so much for sharing! Our favorite was as follows: 1 tall jar honey roasted peanuts, 1 bag Hershey's vanilla baking chips, 1 bag Hershey's special dark chips, and 1/2 dark chocolate baker's bar. When it was ready to drop onto the parchment paper, I mixed in a bag of Heath bits of brickle. Even my "I don't like sweets" husband loved these. The half recipe made about 70 candies.

  10. This looks delicious & really like that you have suggestions for using other ingredients instead of peanuts (our daughter has severe peanut allergy!)

  11. My german chocolate bar was not unsweetened. It was 40% and it still tasted great. That was the only German chocolate they had in the store. The blend of the 3 chocolates was much better than just the almond bark by itself

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