At a time of year when holiday baking is in full swing, take things easy on yourself and make this incredibly easy Christmas crockpot candy! Nothing fancy, just 4 ingredients (plus sprinkles) and a slow cooker. They’re great for the holidays or to give away as a gift!
I would be willing to bet that you’ve heard of these candies before. Maybe your Mom made them, you saw them at a holiday party, or someone gave them as a gift. They’ve been around FOREVER, and I almost didn’t post them… since not only are they pretty popular already, but they’re also incredible simple!
Homemade candy has never been easier! Just 4 ingredients and a few holiday sprinkles… that’s all you need.
There are a bunch of variations of these, but I’ve got a few tips and tricks to share with you that make these even easier!
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THIS CROCKPOT CANDY RECIPE:
- Use great quality chocolate. Since you’re only using 4 ingredients, you want them to really be good quality.
- Even though these look like milk chocolate, you need to use plenty of white almond bark. It seems counter-intuitive… to use the entire 2 lbs of almond bark, when you want a rich, chocolate treat, but trust me, you need it. The almond bark not only adds great flavor, but it plays a big part in helping the candies set up and harden.
- Place a clean, dry kitchen towel over the top of the slow cooker and place the lid on top of that. When you cook anything in the slow cooker, water condensation develops on the inside of the lid, and when you take it off, it drips down into the slow cooker right? Well water and melted chocolate DON’T mix well. It can potentially seize the chocolate! The towel catches that condensation, leaving your smooth melted chocolate in perfect condition.
- Add your peanuts in at the end. Some recipes call for everything to be added all at once, but the peanuts don’t need that time in the slow cooker… they’re already roasted.
- Line a few baking sheets with wax paper (parchment paper works too), and use a spoon or small cookie scoop to drop the candy into clusters.
- If you’re sprinkling the clusters with holiday sprinkles, don’t scoop more than 8 or so before going back and adding the sprinkles. You want to add them when the clusters are still melted, and they’ll harden after a little while (which means the sprinkles won’t stick).
- If possible, refrigerate the candies (on the baking sheets) for an hour or so, until hard. If my refrigerator is low on space, sometimes I put the baking sheets out in my garage on shelves (when the weather is cold of course). Technically, the candies will set up even at room temperature, but I like to help that process along by refrigerating them.
1 jar(s)(16 oz.) dry roasted, unsalted peanuts
1 jar(s)(16 oz.) dry roasted, salted peanuts
1 pkg(12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 ozsweetened german chocolate (green packaging), broken into pieces
3 lb(two 24 oz. pkgs.) white almond bark, broken into pieces [there are several different brands, you’ll just have to use the brand found in your area. manufacturer’s have lowered the ounces in some packaging, so use the equivlaent of 3 lbs.
(some packages of almond bark may have candy coating on the package)
Put ingredients into a 4 or 5-quart crockpot in EXACT order as listed. Cover and cook on LOWEST setting [on your appliance] for 3 hours. DO NOT remove lid! Turn off and allow to cool slightly. Mixture will not be melted but will be soft. Mix thoroughly and drop by teaspoon size cookie dropper or a teaspoon onto wax paper. Let cool thoroughly. Makes approximately 150 – 170 pieces, depending, of course, on how large you make the pieces.NOTE: This candy is made best by following the recipe to the letter. Make other variations and changes at your own risk, [for example, using pecans or almonds in place of peanuts; white chocolate chips instead of almond bark, etc.] as this is the voice of experience speaking. Please take into consideration that it may alter the quality of the finished product. Thank you and LOL!**NOTE: There seems to be discrepencies in the terms crockpot and slow cooker. This recipe is for a crockpot which, when on low, will only melt the ingredients. A slow cooker will get hotter and start to cook the ingredients, thus resulting in an inferior product. Please be aware of what kind of appliance you have. It seems the older “crockpot” works best. There have been some who have burned their ingredients because their appliance is too hot. The makers and manufacturers of these appliances seem to interchange the description of their appliances calling slow cookers crockpots. It seems that Rival owns the name crockpot, therefore, others can’t use the name crockpot, they are slow cookers. It’s very confusing, but slow cookers, indeed, cook hotter, which could result in burning of this recipe. There are many discussions and explanations of this subject within the comments.
***NOTE I’ve been asked to add this note. If your crockpot appliance is below 275 watts, you should not have any problem with the candy burning if you follow the ingredients and the directions, however, all crockpots are different, so please pay attention to your cooking process. Look on the bottom of your appliance to see the wattage. The new crockpots get hotter than the older crockpots and the slow cookers get even hotter.
DISCLAIMER: I have not made 1/2 a recipe, used peanut butter chips, mint chips, almonds, pecans, coconut or any other ingredients other than what the recipe calls for,(except for caramel and it was a disaster and I threw it away), I have not made it in the microwave nor have I made it on top of the stove, as this is a crockpot recipe, therefore, if you want to use any other ingredients or make it any other way, please do so, but it may not have the same consistency, texture, taste, nor gloss that this one has and the end results may not be the quality you are hoping for.