Crockpot Peanut Clusters

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Melt in your mouth Crockpot Peanut Clusters are perfect for the holidays. All made in one crockpot. Addictive and festive!

Up close shot of crockpot peanut clusters with sprinkles.
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Have you ever thought to make candy in your crockpot? It is by far the easiest thing to do, and it’s so easy to clean up once you are finished. I love using my crockpot this time of year. I of course also love candy this time of year!

Why Make Crockpot Peanut Clusters

Okay, the name of it alone describes how good it is. It is so easy to whip up, mess free and easy to clean compared to making candy in over ways. You don’t need a double boiler and you can step away from the cook time for a bit and do something else. Just be sure to set a timer!

This candy has minimal ingredients, feeds an army so it’s great to add to your Christmas cookies plates and more. I was able to feed Matt some, have it for Thanksgiving, sent family some with it and will also have leftovers for Friendsgivining. So one recipe is good for a few events! See below for storing instructions. Also try my Brownie Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients laid out for crockpot peanut clusters.

Almond Bark. Found in the baking aisle at all grocery stores. Gives the Crockpot Christmas “crack” a nice buttery flavor and makes it easy to bite through.

German baking Chocolate. found in the baking aisle in all grocery stores. This is a dark chocolate bar that melts beautifully in the crockpot. It’s typically sold by the brand called “Bakers“.

Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips. You may also use milk chocolate but I prefer semi sweet they help to harden the candy a bit after baking it in the crockpot. They will hold their form in room temperature once they cool.

Peanuts. Shelled, I prefer salted and roasted. The salt is so great with the candy.

Christmas Sprinkles. You will have a lot of candies out of this recipe so feel free to you sprinkles, m &ms or any other festive small candy of choice to top the crockpot Christmas crack with.

Plate with chocolate clusters and sprinkles on top, a cream towel on the side.

Recipe Variations

Almond Bark. You can use chocolate almond bark as well.

German Chocolate. You can use milk chocolate bar in place if you can’t find this type of chocolate. German chocolate offers a great sweet, creamy flavor to the candy.

Peanuts. Please use any peanuts you enjoy, I prefer dry roasted or cocktail peanuts (the salt really elevates the candy!) You can also use walnuts or cashews. Chopped almonds will also work however be mindful that the candy wont be a easy on the teeth!

Steps To Make Crockpot Peanut Clusters

Steps for crockpot peanut clusters on a cutting board.

Step One. Roughly chop the almond bark (optional) and german chocolate baking bar up into pieces. This just helps everything melt quicker but this step is not mandatory for great candy!.

Step Two. Lightly coat your crockpot and set it to high. Add all chocolate, almond bark, semi sweet chips, german chocolate to the crockpot. Place a paper towel, or clean dish towel over the crockpot then place the lid over that. This is to prevent any extra moisture from falling in and seizing the chocolate! Don’t skip this part. Cook for about 45 min.

Step Two. After 45 minutes carefully take the lid and towel off and turn the crockpot to low. Stir the chocolate mixture carefully and patiently. Replace the towel and lid and cook for another 45 minutes. Be sure to check back and stir a few times throughout that 45 minutes. Then, once it’s mostly smooth and blended, add in the peanuts and stir well.

Step Three. You will need about 3 cooking sheets for all the candy or a large flat surface where they can cool unbothered. Cover cookie sheet or surface with parchment paper. Pour sprinkles into a bowl and grab a tablespoon size spoon. Scoop peanut mixture out and make little mounds of candy about 1 inch apart from one another.

Step Four. Once you have the sheet filled with chocolate candy, sprinkle with sprinkles and move to the next empty cookie sheet. I recommend refrigerating flat in the fridge if you have room, or the garage works well for us here in Colorado since it’s cold this time of year. If you only have one cookies sheet you can use cutting boards instead.

Up close shot of Crockpot peanut clusters on a white surface.

Recipe FAQ’s

Do I have to add sprinkles?

No, m&ms work great, or you can add edible confetti or gold sprinkles.

Can I use raw peanuts?

Yes, as long as they are completely shelled.

How do I store these?

In a bag once they have solidified. keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze them for up to 3 months. You can keep them on the counter as well for a few days if you’d like. They stay solid.

Are they hard to bite through?

No, not if they are refrigerated or sitting on the counter at room temp. The frozen once may need to warm up slightly to have a softer texture.

Bite shot of crockpot peanut clusters.

Recipe Tips

Be patient with the process! Due to different crockpots and brands of chocolate, the chocolate may take a little less or a little more time to melt in the the crock pot.

Don’t forget to cover the crock pot with a clean dish towel before adding the lid! This is so important! Water is melted, creamy chocolates worst enemy. If any condensation gets into the mix it can cause the mix to seize up and solidify.

Have the baking sheets ready to go. Be sure you have the sheets prepared and ready to go prior to forming the candies. You can use large cutting boards if needed! Store in a cool, dry place. Living in Colorado, my garage is cold in the winter months so I can store them in the garage to solidify.

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Crockpot Peanut Clusters
5 from 6 votes

Crockpot Peanut Clusters

Melt in your mouth Crockpot Peanut Clusters are perfect for the holidays. All made in one crockpot. Addictive and festive!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 32 candies

Equipment

  • large crockpot with lid
  • spatula
  • baking sheets

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb white almond bark (might be labeled as white candy coating)
  • 12 oz bag semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 4 oz bar German sweet chocolate, Bakers brand
  • 32 oz dry salted, roasted peanuts, *see notes
  • ¼ cup holiday sprinkles

Instructions 

  • Roughly chop the almond bark (optional) and german chocolate baking bar up into pieces. This just helps everything melt quicker but this step is not mandatory for great candy!
  • Lightly coat the crrock pot with a spritz of olive oil and set it to high. Add all chocolate, almond bark, semi sweet chips, german chocolate to the crockpot. Place a paper towel, or clean dish towel over the crockpot then place the lid over that. This is to prevent any extra moisture from falling in and seizing the chocolate! Don't skip this part. Cook for about 45 min. 
  • You will need about 3 cooking sheets for all the candy or a large flat surface where they can cool unbothered. Cover cookie sheet or surface with parchment paper. Pour sprinkles into a bowl and grab a tablespoon size spoon. Scoop peanut mixture out and make little mounds of candy about 1 inch apart from one another. 
  • Once you have the sheet filled with chocolate candy, sprinkle with sprinkles and move to the next empty cookie sheet. I recommend refrigerating flat in the fridge if you have room, or the garage works well for us here in Colorado since it's cold this time of year. If you only have one cookies sheet you can use cutting boards instead. 
  • Once they have solidified, carefully place them in zip lock bags and either freeze, leave in a bowl on the counter if enjoying that day or week or refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

*cocktail peanuts will also work. 
*Freeze in a ziplock bag for up to three months or refrigerate for up to two week. You may also leave on the counter for about 4 days if eating right away. 
*don’t skip the dish towel cover between the lid and the crockpot! This is important! 
*you can use chocolate bark if needed, but the almond bark will not change the flavor, it will still taste like delicious melty milk chocolate. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32 candies
Calories: 244
Keyword: chocolate, crockpot, dessert
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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We loved this recipe I cannot believe it was all meat in the crockpot. genius idea.

  2. 5 stars
    I just made the Valentine’s Day version you posted on Instagram they were really easy to make and very delicious I added quite a bit more of the white chocolate to mine because I love it.

  3. 5 stars
    Made these for valentines! So easy and incredibly tasty!!

  4. Can I place the mixture in cupcake linear before putting them in refrigerator??

    1. Yes that would be lovely I may try that what a great idea

  5. Wonderful. I made them for thanksgiving potluck and everyone was thrilled.

  6. 5 stars
    Made these for Thanksgiving and we ate them ALL. I have a big family but everyone loved them so much.

  7. 5 stars
    Made these for my work pot luck and they won the prize of best treat! Thank you