Making this Easy Crockpot Candy does not get more simple than putting 3 ingredients in the crockpot, then stir, slow cook, scoop, set and enjoy!!
This chocolate crockpot candy with nuts is so fun to make during the holidays and you can make crockpot Christmas candy using your favorite holiday sprinkles.
Crockpot Candy with peanuts
Chocolate crockpot candy with peanuts reminds me of my favorite chocolate peanut clusters I always get in my stocking.
I love them and was surprised at how good these homemade crockpot candy peanut clusters are!!
Sometimes I think maybe it is too easy to make them with 3 ingredients and only 5 minutes of prep time as they are so good and hard to resist.
So I convince myself that the kids will eat them and since they are perfect for holiday food gift giving like my rum balls recipe, I will make them for gifts!!
The kids love helping to make crockpot candy recipes with caramel, toffee, different nuts like pecans, and pretzels or marshmallows.
This is my favorite recipe for crockpot candy, however, as I love the combination of chocolate and salty roasted peanuts together.
You can enjoy these crockpot candy clusters with my peppermint hot chocolate and also try my Christmas Chex mix with M&M's or roasted cinnamon spiced mixed nuts recipe! So many fun snacks to enjoy for the holidays!!
Why you'll love this recipe
- Easy crockpot candy recipe with 5 minute prep time
- Kids love making and enjoy this candy during the holidays
- Easy to customize for the holidays with toppings
- Simple recipe to make with 3 ingredients
- Great for holiday food gift giving
- Peanuts - 32 ounces dry roasted salted
- White Almond Bark - 32 ounces broken into pieces
- Chocolate Chips - 18 ounces of semi sweet
- Optional Sprinkles
White melting wafers can be used to substitute for the almond bark. White chocolate chips are not great to use as they do not set the same way as almond bark or melting wafers.
To make white chocolate crockpot candy you can use white chocolate chips in place of the semi sweet chocolate chips.
If you prefer more of a bitter chocolate you can substitute in semi-sweet chocolate chips with bittersweet to achieve that flavor.
If you or someone you cook for is sensitive to salt you can substitute in unsalted dry roasted peanuts or use a combination of salted and unsalted peanuts to cut the salt down.
Step by step instructions for how to make easy crockpot candy
STEP ONE - Line four large cookie sheets with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
STEP TWO - Sprinkle the peanuts in an even layer in the bottom of a 5 quart or larger crockpot.
STEP THREE - Top with the almond bark and chocolate chips. Do not mix.
STEP FOUR - Cover the pot with the lid and cook on low for one hour without stirring.
STEP FIVE - After an hour, mix the peanuts and chocolate well. Continue to cook for another hour, mixing well every 20 minutes.
STEP SIX - Drop heaped tablespoons of the chocolate mixture onto the parchment-lined baking sheets. Top with sprinkles if using.
STEP SEVEN - Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
To make easy Christmas crockpot candy top your favorite holiday sprinkles, holiday sanding sugar or holiday themed nonpareils.
Crockpot candy with pecans can be made by using pecans instead of peanuts. Crockpot turtle candy with caramel can be made using pecans and caramel or toffee in the crockpot in place of the peanuts.
Crockpot candy with marshmallows can also be made by adding marshmallows to the crockpot with the peanuts. Crockpot pretzel candy can be made by adding some pretzels into the crockpot.
Crockpot candy with peanut butter chips by adding some peanut butter chips in place of the chocolate chips or a combination of both.
Can you make crockpot candy on the stovetop?
Yes you can! Add all your chocolate ingredients to a large pot and cook over a low heat stirring until melted. That should take 15 to 20 minutes, then remove from the heat to cool for 5 minutes.
Add in your peanuts and other ingredients then stir to mix well. Much like the crockpot directions scoop onto parchment lined baking sheets. Add your sprinkles while wet and then allow the candy to set and enjoy.
Make crockpot candy in the microwave
While you can, we do not recommend using the microwave to melt the chocolate as it can burn easily in the microwave. That is why the crockpot is ideal for the candy as it slowly melts the chocolate to perfection.
Top tips for making the best crockpot candy
- Be careful that no condensation falls into the crockpot when removing the lid to stir. If water gets into the chocolate, it will cause it to seize.
- Make sure they have set and hardened before handling
- You can put them in the fridge to help them set faster
- If you want to use these fun chocolate crockpot candy to give as a food gifts, using use cupcake liners to scoop into is a good idea
- If you plan to add sprinkles to your candies, do it while the chocolate is still wet, or they won’t stick
Storage and freezing instructions
How to store crockpot candy?
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Use a piece of parchment paper or wax paper between layers to prevent them from sticking together.
Can you freeze crockpot candy?
Yes you can! The candy can be frozen for 2 to 3 months. Allow the candy to set completely before transferring them to freezer-safe container or freezer zippered bags to freeze.