Crockpot Christmas Crack are peanut clusters covered in a blend of chocolates. It is just the thing for your holiday celebration.
This slow cooker chocolate is also known as Uncle Budd's Crockpot candy.
You'll melt semi sweet chocolate chips, a German's Sweet Chocolate bar and white almond bark, slowly in a crock pot for three hours.
These slow cooker treats are definitely a Christmas/winter holiday recipe.
If you're feeding a crowd or making umpteen boxes of treats to give to friends and loved ones or coworkers, you'll want to add this easy chocolate peanut cluster candy to your baking list.
Why You'll Love Christmas Crockpot Crack
- makes a ton
- easy/hands off
- endlessly customizable
- dry roasted peanuts, salted
- dry roasted peanuts, unsalted
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- German's Sweet Chocolate
- almond bark or white candy coating
See recipe card for quantities.
You're going to layer the ingredients on top of each other in the order listed in the recipe:
Start with at least a quart slow cooker-at least six quarts.
Pour peanuts on the bottom and top those with the chocolate chips.
Then break the German chocolate bar in pieces.
Place the broken chocolate bar pieces on top of the chocolate chips.
Finally, top everything with the almond bark.
Peanuts will be your first layer in making Crockpot Christmas candy.
Pour semi-sweet chocolate chips in an even layer over the peanuts.
Break the German's Sweet Chocolate Bar into pieces and place over the chips.
Break almond bar or candy coating into chunks and place on top as your last layer.
I buy slow cooker liners in bulk at Sam's Club however you can also get them at your grocery store or on Amazon.
- Peanuts- instead of peanuts you could substitute an equal amount of raising or dried cranberries or other nuts, such as cashews or pecans or almonds.
- Almond Bark - If you don't see almond bark at your store, look for candy coating or candy melts, which you may need to buy at a crafts store. Walmart and Target always carry candy coating but sometimes they run out.
- German Sweet Chocolate - If you can't find German's Sweet Chocolate bars in your baking aisle, you could add an additional four ounces of milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips or disks instead.
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- Pretzels - if you're dealing with a nut allergy crowd or you're really trying to limit recipe expenses, you could use pretzels instead of nuts. Give them a rough chop before putting in crockpot.
- Peanut Butter- add a cup of peanut butter on top of the semi-sweet chocolate chips or use peanut butter chips instead of the chocolate chips.
- White Chocolate - make a white-chocolate version with by swapping out the semi-sweet chocolate and the German's sweet chocolate for white chocolate chips and a white chocolate bar.
- A Slow cooker, at least a six quart size. Larger okay.
- Slow cooker liner
- Wax paper or parchment for dropping teaspoons of candy to cool
- Baking sheet or clean kitchen counter for lining with wax paper to let candy set up after you portion it.
- Candy packaging like mini cupcake liners or candy liners.
Store at room temperature in a tin or an airtight container.
If you live in a warm house, you might want to package in a tin and refrigerate. You can keep this Christmas crack candy, properly packaged, in the refrigerator for several weeks.
Don't leave the house while making this crockpot candy recipe. Three hours isn't a long time and it may be done before then, depending on how powerful your slow cooker is.
Some people with newer units find that two hours is plenty to get all the ingredients melted.
- 16 ounces (1 jar) dry roasted peanuts, unsalted
- 16 ounces (i jar) dry roasted peanuts, salted
- 12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 ounce package German’s Sweet Chocolate bar
- 2 24-ounce packages white almond bark or candy melts
Prepare a slow cooker by lining it with a slow cooker liner.
Layer ingredients in the slow cooker starting with the nuts.
Open both jars of nuts.
Pour the unsalted nuts first in a layer on the bottom of the slow cooker.
Follow with the jar of the salted nuts. Pour in a layer on top of the unsalted nuts.
Next add two cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Sprinkle the chips in an even layer over the nuts.
Break the German sweet chocolate bar into pieces. Place the broke chocolate bar pieces on top of the chocolate chips.
Finally, break the almond bark into chunks as best you can.
I used a sharp knife to score my bark then broke it on the edge of my kitchen counter.
Place the almond bark on top of the chocolate chips/broken chocolate bar.
Put the lid on your slow cooker, plug it in and set it on low.
Set the timer for three hours.
Leave the lid on and no stirring until the chocolate and almond bark look melted.
Once finished cooking, stir the mixture with a sturdy spatula until all the nuts have been coated with chocolate.
Unplug the slow cooker or put it on your warm setting.
Start dropping teaspoons of the crockpot candy onto a wax-paper lined baking sheet or counter top. You could also use parchment paper.
Or you could spoon the candy directly into your candy cups or wrappers but dropping onto wax paper first to cool and then packaging them will be quicker.
Caution about this recipe:
No one wants to waste ingredients or eat burnt candy so ideally use a slow cooker you’re familiar with.
Your machine may need a lot less time or a lot more, depending on how hot it runs.
You’ll need to pay attention to how your candy mixture smells.
If it smells like it’s starting to overcook, unplug it, take the lid off and start stirring–avoiding any areas that look overcooked.
Note: I have a six-quart slow cooker and these ingredients filled it to the very top so use at least a six quart. I don’t think you’d have any issue if you have a larger unit. But a five quart won’t work unless you cut the recipe in half.
You can check the wattage on your slow cooker by turning it upside–the outer portion that holds the ceramic insert
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Nutrition InformationYield 170 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 142Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 0mgSodium 42mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 5g