Peanut clusters don't get simpler than this easy Christmas Crockpot Candy recipe where you just dump everything in the slow cooker and let it do its magic! You'll end up with perfectly smooth, creamy chocolate that is loaded with roasted peanuts in every bite!

Planning a day to make Christmas candy with the family? Some of our other easy favorites are Rolo Pretzels, Homemade Peppermint Patties, and Old-Fashioned Easy Peanut Butter Fudge!

A round decorative tin filled with crockpot candy peanut clusters.

Crockpot candy has that irresistible combination of sweet and salty peanuts and chocolate. And the texture is so crunchy and satisfying!

This recipe makes a LOT of candy. Which is perfect because we are usually making this to giveaway during Christmas time. But you can always just make a half batch if you are planning on eating most of these yourselves over the holiday season.

Why this recipe works

  • No need for a candy thermometer (affiliate link) or heating the oven. The crockpot does all the heavy lifting here.
  • Crockpot candy is traditionally made with peanuts, but you can use almonds, pecans, or any nuts you like, cashews, or macadamia nuts.
  • You can dump everything in, turn on the crockpot, and then focus on other activities like baking Christmas cookies, wrapping presents, or playing games rather than spend all your time in the kitchen!
Peanut clusters cooling on a baking sheet.

Ingredient Notes

  • German baking chocolate bar: German's chocolate is sweeter than semisweet chocolate and has a special flavor, but if you don't have a bar on hand or can't find one, you could always just use semisweet chocolate instead.
  • Peanuts: We like dry roasted peanuts best, but you could also use salted cocktail peanuts, which are another popular choice. You can also choose between salted and unsalted, depending on how you like your desserts. We like the salty-sweet combination of chocolate and nuts, so salted dry roasted peanuts is what we usually go for.
  • Chocolate: Use good quality chocolate for best results.
Ingredients for making Christmas crockpot candy.

How to Make This Recipe

This recipe really is as simple as throwing everything in the slow cooker and letting it go. I have heard of people struggling with chocolate burning on the bottom in the past though, so my trick is to add the peanuts in first. They create a protective layer so the chocolate isn't actually in contact with the slow cooker for most of the melting process.

Add the chocolate chips and broken up German chocolate bar on top of the peanuts, followed by the almond bark on top of that. Then cover and cook on LOW heat for 2 hours.

When you take the lid off, you'll notice that your almond bark is nice and melted. Then all you need to do is grab a wooden spoon and give everything a good stir until the different types of chocolate combine and all of the peanuts are evenly coated in a creamy, smooth mixture. The aroma of peanuts and chocolate is heavenly!

Grab a small cookie scoop or regular spoon and drop 1-2 tablespoon-sized mounds onto a baking sheets lined with parchment paper. You'll need more than one baking sheet because this recipe makes a whole lot of peanut clusters! If you want to add sprinkles, do it now before the chocolate has a chance to set and get hard again.

Let them set up at room temperature for 1-2 hours until firm. You can speed up the process by sticking the chocolates in the refrigerator, but crockpot candy will set up all on its own with a smooth finish at room temperature thanks to the almond bark.

Once the crockpot candy is firm, you can transfer it to cute tins (look for them at the dollar store!) or add to cookie plates to gift to friends and neighbors.

Recipe FAQ's

What size crockpot do I need for crockpot candy?

I used a 6-quart slow cooker. You could use an 8-quart, but I wouldn't go with a smaller one.

What is almond bark?

Almond bark is a candy coating that helps these easy peanut clusters set up well with a shiny, smooth finish without needing to be refrigerated. I can always find it at my local grocery store near the chocolate chips (usually on the top shelf). Candy melts will also work, if you are having a hard time finding almond bark.

How do I prevent condensation inside my slow cooker?

I have personally never had an issue with condensation when making crockpot candy, but if it starts happening to you, just grab a clean dishcloth and lay it over the top of the slow cooker, then place the lid on top of that. The cloth will catch any dripping condensation so it doesn't fall into the chocolate, which could potentially cause the chocolate to seize up.

Can these be made any faster?

You could definitely melt all the chocolate in the microwave or in a large bowl set over simmering water on the stovetop or Instant Pot if you don't have two hours to wait for the crockpot to do its job.

Recipe Tips

  • Storage: These will last for 1-2 weeks stored in an airtight container on the counter at room temperature. Or keep them in the fridge for up to 1 month.
  • Freezing: Most chocolates like crockpot candy freeze well for a couple of months if properly stored in an airtight container. Let them thaw on the counter for an hour or two before enjoying.
  • Add some mix-ins: Try adding raisins, marshmallows, or pretzels right at the end before shaping for some fun flavor and texture variations!
  • Give them a little bling: Use sprinkles or crushed candy canes to decorate the tops of the peanut clusters for a festive look.

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Christmas Peanut Clusters Crockpot Candy

5 from 1 vote
Amy Nash
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 50 -60 servings
Peanut clusters don't get simpler than this easy Christmas Crockpot Candy recipe where you just dump everything in the slow cooker and let it do its magic! You'll end up with perfectly smooth, creamy chocolate that is loaded with roasted peanuts in every bite!

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds dry roasted peanuts (two 16-ounce jars)
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
  • 1 (4-ounce) German chocolate baking bar broken into pieces
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips
  • 48 ounces almond bark (two 24-ounce packages)

Instructions
 

  • Add the peanuts to the bottom of a large slow cooker. Sprinkle the chocolate chips, chopped German chocolate baking bar, and peanut butter chips on top. Break up the almond break and add that on top of everything, then cover with the lid.
  • Cook on LOW heat for 2 hours without stirring.
  • Remove the lid and stir well until everything is smooth.
  • Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Decorate with sprinkles, if using, before the chocolate has a chance to harden. Let cool until completely set up and firm before storing.

Notes

  • Storage: These will last for 1-2 weeks stored in an airtight container on the counter at room temperature. Or keep them in the fridge for up to 1 month.
  • Freezing: Most chocolates like crockpot candy freeze well for a couple of months if properly stored in an airtight container. Let them thaw on the counter for an hour or two before enjoying.
  • Add some mix-ins: Try adding raisins, marshmallows, or pretzels right at the end before shaping for some fun flavor and texture variations!
  • Give them a little bling: Use sprinkles or crushed candy canes to decorate the tops of the peanut clusters for a festive look.

Nutrition

Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    All I can say is WOW. These were delicious and very very big hit with the family. Especially myself and my brothers who paired these with beer and conversation.