Slow Cooker Chocolate Candy :: Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters

If you're looking for an easy-to-make gift from the kitchen this slow cooker candy is not only easy-to-make but it tastes delicious and is perfect for gift giving.  

Peanut clusters made in the crockpot close up photo of finished candy

Homemade candy seems to be a holiday thing. Perfect for Christmas and Easter but it's also pretty good anytime you need a lot of candy...fast!

This is easy to make and delicious but if you're looking for something a little more Christmas-y then this Christmas Reindeer Chex Mix is a great option, or for Easter, this adorable candy bark is a great go-to!

I'm joining some wonderful bloggers to inspire you this Christmas as part of Hoosier Homemade's Homemade Holiday Inspiration. You can find so many great ideas here but first, let's make some candy together!

chocolate peanut clusters made in the crock pot on a white serving tray

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😋 Why You'll Love This Recipe

chocolate peanut clusters on a white cake plate
  • It's easy to make with minimal ingredients.
  • The ingredients are easy to find at most grocery stores. I bought everything at Aldi's which was a great money saver.
  • You can easily swap out the peanut for any nuts you prefer!

🥐Ingredients

Ingredients used to make slow cooker chocolate candy nut clusters - candy melts, baker's chocolate, and peanuts
  • dry-roasted peanuts
  • cocktail peanuts
  • candy melts
  • semisweet chocolate
  • German chocolate baking squares
  • vanilla extract

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📋Instructions

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This is an overview of the instructions. The full recipe and instructions as well as nutritional information can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

peanuts in a black crockpot

Place peanuts in slow cooker.

Top nuts with chocolate and stir to evenly distribute chocolate throughout.

Cover and cook on low 1 to 2 hours or until melted. Stir chocolate mixture and add vanilla, stirring once again.

Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto wax paper-lined baking sheets. Let stand until firm. You may need to place these in the refrigerator for a while.

Hint: Don't overcook! Most slow cookers, like anything else, work a little differently. Mine tends to cook things on the low end of the time given but, I used to have one that I had to go the full cook time for the best results. All that to say, check your candy at the 1 hour mark.

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🍫 Variations

  • White chocolate - use white candy wafers and white chocolate.
  • Nuts - swap out peanuts for cashews, macadamia nuts, or other softer and tasty nuts!
  • Looking for a no-nut candy option? This Chex Mix candy is easy to make and pretty to look at! Or, this candy bark can be made with Christmas candies so it's 'holiday' appropriate!
  • **If adding cashews add at the very end once the chocolate mixture has melted instead of the beginning stirring in gently.  

🍽 Equipment

🍱Storage

To make ahead and freeze allow to cool and firm up completely.  Once firm, place in an airtight food container and freeze for up to one month.  Allow to thaw in the refrigerator before serving or gifting.

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📖 Recipe

Slow Cooker Candy Chocolate-Covered Peanut Clusters

Homemade Slow Cooker Candy. These chocolate-covered peanut clusters taste delicious, can be made up to a month ahead of time and frozen. They are perfect for gift giving and holiday entertaining.
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homemade chocolate candy nut clusters on a white cake plate
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:2 hours
Total Time:2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce jar dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 16-ounce container cocktail peanuts
  • 32- ounce bag candy melts
  • 2 cups 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 4-ounce package German chocolate baking squares, broken into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Combine peanuts,
    1 16-ounce jar dry-roasted peanuts, 1 16-ounce container cocktail peanuts
  • candy melts,
    32- ounce bag candy melts
  • and chocolate (first 5 ingredients) in slow cooker.
    2 cups 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate morsels, 1 4-ounce package German chocolate baking squares, broken into pieces
  • Cover and cook on low 1 to 2 hours or until melted.
  • Stir chocolate mixture and add vanilla, stirring once again.
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto wax paper-lined baking sheets. Let stand until firm. You may need to place these in the refrigerator for a while. Once firm, store in an airtight food container. {These containers are awesome, by the way. They can go from the freezer to the oven and are BPA-Free).

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Notes

  • Can be frozen.
  • To make a smaller batch simply cut the recipe in half and monitor cooking time.

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Servings: 32 clusters
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Mary Beth

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8 Comments

  1. Hello Mary Beth, a pleasure meeting you. I am so glad you are sharing some awesome recipes at our link party, Dishing It & Digging It. I do love slow cooker recipes. but the chocolate clusters is calling my name. Thanks again for sharing. I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Linda, and you have a fabulous Thanksgiving as well!

  2. Angie Rose says:

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Angie Rose!

    2. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Angie Rose! I appreciate it.

  3. Jessica Formicola says:

    You can never go wrong with peanuts and chocolate! Such a great idea for gifting!

  4. These are the perfect addition to my holiday gift baskets this year, I absolutely love that I can use my slow cooker and have decadent treats to share at the end.

  5. Such a great gift idea! Everyone loves them!