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crockpot chocolate candy

As a young child, I remember going to the Amish to buy Christmas Candy.  One such candy was peanut clusters.  I can’t say I’ve ever made peanut clusters myself until now, but when I found this recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks…I decided it sounded pretty simple. It was a surprise to discover a crockpot method.  Who would have ever thought???  Make sure you read my notes after the recipe and pictures.

crockpot chocolate candy
2 pounds (36 ounces) salted dry-roasted peanuts
4 ounces (4 squares) German’s sweet chocolate
1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips)
2 1/2 pounds white almond bark
DIRECTIONS:  Put the peanuts in the bottom of a 4-quart slow cooker.  Layer the chocolate over the peanuts, beginning with the sweet chocolate, followed by the chocolate chips, and then the almond bark.  Set the temperature on low and cook for 3 hours.  Do not stir the mixture.  After 3 hours, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth.  Drop the candy into cupcake pan liners using about 2 tablespoons per liner.  Allow the candy to cool completely before removing the cupcake liners. 

  • I have a warm, low and high setting on my crockpot.  I put my crockpot on low, per the directions.  After about two hours I could smell something burning (slight odor).  When I checked the crockpot…I discovered that the peanuts around the outside edges were browning too much.  I decided to stir the mixture (the directions said not to) in order to get the browning peanuts away from the outside edges.  When I stirred the mixture, I discovered the chocolate was melted.  At this point I decided to turn the crockpot off and proceed with the next step.
  • I felt the peanut clusters were a little large so I have decided that I will use the mini cupcake liners next time.
  • I’m very pleased with the taste of this candy.  I prefer a darker chocolate though.  This recipe creates more of a mild, milk chocolate taste. 
  • My crockpot will be set on warm versus low next time. 

SOURCE:  home cooking with trisha yearwood: stories & recipes to share with family and friends