Crockpot Candy + Video

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Crockpot Candy is a staple of the holiday season in my house. Ooey gooey chocolate cascading over roasted nuts for a remarkably simple yet devastatingly delicious homemade Christmas candy! Even better, you can make these crockpot peanut clusters right in your slow cooker!

crockpot peanut clusters stacked.



I’m not exaggerating here — watch the video in this post to see just how mouthwatering these treats are!!

peanuts in crockpot.

Crockpot Candy

Sometimes the best sweets are the simplest, and does it get more classic than chocolate and peanuts? My crockpot candy recipe is no fuss with no funny business.

Just wholesome, delicious flavors that you can share with your loved ones during the most wonderful time of the year!


The secret to homemade Christmas candy? Make a whole lot of it!! Saltine cracker candy and fudge are super shareable and could put a smile on even the Grinch’s face! 

peanuts and almond bark in crockpot

Ingredient Notes & Swaps

  • Peanuts – Honey roasted are my preference, but you’re not limited to just those!

    Other nuts are great, too – almonds, walnuts, cashews, and macadamia nuts are some sweet subs your family will love. 
  • Almond Bark – I recommend using vanilla for its sweet, subtle flavor.

    But, as I always say, the more chocolate the better! So use chocolate almond bark if you’d like.  
  • Semisweet Chocolate Chips – Using milk chocolate chips would be a tad too sweet, in my opinion, but you’re welcome to!

    Dark chocolate could also add a nice bitterness. Feel free to also mix and match to get a good balance!
  • German Chocolate – Baker’s is my go-to! This is also a rather sweet chocolate, so you may want to substitute with a richer option if that’s your preference. 
  • (Optional) Garnishes – Crushed candy cane, marshmallows, sprinkles – there’s almost no end to the holiday toppers you could use!

    If you’re nuts for nuts, you could even add more crushed peanuts on top to finish! 
adding chocolate chips to crockpot.

Tips, Tricks, and Substitutions

  • Allergy Friendly Fixes – You don’t need nuts for texture!

    There are plenty of pairs for chocolate: pretzel pieces, pumpkin seeds, candy cane chunks, or graham crackers. Just choose your favorite!
  • Cool Them Quick – Once you’ve laid the crockpot peanut clusters onto the baking sheets, pop them in the fridge to help them chill faster.

    If you’re planning on using this tip, you may want to use a tiered container or perhaps several smaller baking dishes to fit easily in your fridge.
  • Tips for Less Mess – Rather than using parchment paper, consider placing the candies in individual muffin liners.

    Not only can you easily move them from one place to another, but you can serve them right in the liners!
  • Great For Gifts! A handful of crockpot Christmas candy bites in a cute gift bag is a great party favor or gift for friends during the holiday season.

    I highly recommend it! 
  • Making in Bulk? Layer a baking sheet with multiple pieces of parchment paper. Once one sheet is full, move it to another area of your countertop and proceed placing the crockpot candy on the sheet below it.

    You can work quickly and efficiently this way! You can also layer hardened candies like this in a single container, helping you store more in one container. 
peanuts coated in melted chocolate.

Storing Your Homemade Christmas Candy

Crockpot peanut clusters don’t necessarily need to be refrigerated – they’re a certified countertop candy – but they’ll last longer when chilled!

And if your kitchen is on the warm side, they might get melty and messy if not kept in the refrigerator.

Let slow cooker candy cool to room temperature first if you’re going to store in layers or in the refrigerator.

They’ll last at room temp for a couple weeks, a month in the fridge, and even longer in the freezer!

crockpot Christmas candy scoops on baking sheet

Crockpot Candy FAQ

How many crockpot peanut clusters does this recipe make? 

Using a 1 tablespoon scoop, you can make 12 dozen slow cooker peanut clusters!

Can I make crockpot candy on the stovetop?

While I recommend using a slow cooker for ease, you can easily make this recipe on your stovetop if you’d like to.

Using your stove does, however, require maintenance. Heat the chocolate on a low, low heat while stirring constantly. Once melted, add the peanuts. Stir and transfer with a scooper the same as the original recipe.

You could also go with the double boiler method, helping to quickly melt the chocolate and lowering the risk of burning. 

Why isn’t my crockpot candy setting?

It’s possible that the chocolate you chose doesn’t harden adequately. This often happens if you don’t use enough almond bark, which sets the hardest. 


If you don’t wish to use almond bark, then use candy coating discs instead – easily found in the baking or decorating aisle! It can’t be all chocolate chips as they just won’t harden right. 

slow cooker candy with festive sprinkles.

Enjoy!
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homemade Christmas candy.

crockpot Christmas candy closeup.

Crockpot Candy + Video

Donna Elick
Crockpot Candy is a sweet, nutty, festive holiday treat on a time crunch! This homemade Christmas candy recipe basically makes itself!
5 stars from 2 reviews
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 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.

Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
crockpot candy recipe.

Originally published December 2014, updated and republished November 2022

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148 Comments

    1. Chocolate candy can be stored at room temperature for a long time (just take a look at the date on the chocolate you buy & consider the ingredients that you added to it or put on top).

      You can store them in a plastic container, glass jar, zip-top bags, plastic goodie bags with twist-ties or ribbon, or a tin lined with wax paper or parchment paper.

    1. If chocolate isn't tempered properly, the ingredients can separate and make a white layer on top. They still taste fine and are ok to eat.

      The easiest solution is to use products labeled as melting chocolate, such as Wilton's Candy Melts. You can buy them at craft stores such as Michael's.
      (I think they are usually about $3.00 / 12 oz. bag. They come in vanilla (in several colors), as well as chocolate, dark chocolate, and other flavors).

  1. 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

  2. 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.

    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.

    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).

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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?

  9. 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?

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!!!

  12. 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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