These peanut clusters are scrumptious, and you won't believe how easy they are to fix with the help of your trusty slow cooker. The ingredients are combined in the slow cooker and cooked for about 2 hours. All you have to do is stir a few times and then drop the finished candies onto the wax paper or parchment paper.
Milk chocolate or German's sweet chocolate, white almond bark or melts, and semisweet chocolate combine to make a smooth and delicious chocolate flavor. Replace the milk chocolate with light chocolate candy melts or a similar light chocolate if you'd like. The recipe makes about six dozen candies, and it can be scaled up or down quite easily. Use half unsalted and half salted peanuts for a sweet and salty flavor. See the variations for more ideas.
For an extra-special look for gift-giving, drop the melted peanut cluster mixture into mini foil cupcake liners or specialty candy cups. Package them in a fancy box or shallow container decorated with a bow.
- 1 1/2 pounds white almond bark (or white chocolate candy melts)
- 6 to 8 ounces German's sweet chocolate (or milk chocolate, such as Hershey's)
- 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
- 4 cups peanuts (dry roasted, about 20 ounces)
- Combine the almond bark or white chocolate with the milk chocolate and chocolate chips in the slow cooker. Add the peanuts. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes. Do not stir.
- Turn the crock pot setting to low and stir every 15 minutes for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours longer or until all of the chocolate is thoroughly melted. Stir to blend.
- Drop by teaspoon or small cookie scoop onto wax paper and let them cool until set (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours).
- Store the cooled and completely set chocolate peanut clusters in a cool place (or in the refrigerator) in a tightly covered container separated by sheets of wax paper. The candy freezes well.
Tips and Variations
- Add about 1 cup of dried raisins, cranberries, or chopped dried cherries to the candy about 15 minutes before it's ready.
- Instead of peanuts, make the clusters with pecan and walnut halves, or a combination.
- For an extra special treat, make them with cashews or hazelnuts.
- Once the candies have dried, drizzle melted almond bark or semisweet chocolate over them.
- For a festive look, melt green and red candy melts in separate containers. Drizzle both colors lightly over the peanut clusters.
- Sprinkle the candy with finely crushed peppermint sticks.
- Sprinkle the clusters lightly with flaky sea salt before they set.
- If you prefer white chocolate, use about 48 ounces of vanilla almond bark or white chocolate candy melts instead of the combination of three kinds of chocolate.