This easy crockpot candy recipe is a simple treat that is a perfect addition to your holiday cookie trays. Made with almond bark and a delicious mix of salty and sweet ingredients, these sweet treat is always a hit.
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Crockpot Peanut Clusters
There’s nothing quite like a big batch of these homemade candy clusters not only holiday parties but any time of year that you need something quick. Just a few simple ingredients are needed to create this easy recipe.
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with amounts.
- White Almond Bark – for the creamy coating.
- Dry Roasted Salted Peanuts – use unsalted peanuts, a mixture of salted and unsalted peanuts or honey roasted peanuts if you’d like
- Mini Pretzels, roughly chopped – For added salty crunch.
- Caramel Bits – for added rich flavor.
- Mini Marshmallows – for a pillowy sweetness.
- Sprinkles – Use festive sprinkles for any special occasion or holiday sprinkles during the holiday season.
- You can also use white chocolate chips or white chocolate bar instead of vanilla almond bark.
- Instead of peanuts, any type of nut like pecans, cashews, walnuts or almonds,
- Leave out the pretzels all together and double the peanuts.
- Mix in a cup of butterscotch chips, milk chocolate chips, or dark chocolate chips or even peanut butter chips.
- Use semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate bar traditional chocolate peanut clusters.
- Use toffee bits instead of caramel.
- Pretzel pieces can be replaced with Rice krispies, Chex cereal or Cheerios if desired.
- Sprinkle with a little sea salt.
- Mix in some raisins or dried cranberries.
How to Make this Slow Cooker Candy
Step 1: In the slow cooker, add the almond bark, peanuts, and pretzel pieces. Cook on low heat for an hour.
Step 2: After the bark has melted, stir with a wooden spoon to coat the nuts and pretzel evenly with the chocolate mixture. Then add in marshmallows and caramel bits.
Step 3: Stir the candy mixture thoroughly until the marshmallows have melted and are blended in.
Step 3: Using a small cookie scoop, place 2 tablespoon scoops of the candy mixture onto a baking sheet lined parchment paper and top with colorful sprinkles if you’d like.
Step 4: Allow the candy to cool to room temperature to set completely.
- Cook on low to avoid burning the candy.
- If in a rush, place the candy in the refrigerator or freezer for a quick set.
- Make a double batch for a large crowd.
Keep these treats in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks. They can be refrigerated to keep longer.
- 2 pounds white almond bark
- 2 cups dry roasted salted peanuts
- 1 ½ cups mini pretzels roughly chopped
- 1 cup caramel bits
- 1 ½ cups mini marshmallows
- In a slow cooker, place the almond bark, peanuts and chopped pretzels.2 pounds white almond bark, 2 cups dry roasted salted peanuts, 1 ½ cups mini pretzels
- Cover and cook on low for 1 hour. Do not stir.
- Once the almond bark has melted completely, turn off the crockpot and stir the mixture to coat the nuts and pretzels completely.
- Add the marshmallows and caramel bits and stir until the marshmallows have melted.1 cup caramel bits, 1 ½ cups mini marshmallows
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper and scoop 2 tablespoons of the mixture onto the parchment paper.
- Immediately add sprinkles if using.Sprinkles
- Let the candy set for at least an hour until completely cooled (you can also place them in the refrigerator to to set quicker.
Add in a 12 ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of caramel chips. Use any favorite nuts like honey roasted, cashews , pecans or walnuts are amazing in this! Swap the pretzels for Rice Krispies, Cheerios or Chex Mix cereal. Leave out the pretzels all together and double the peanuts. Use salted or unsalted peanuts or even honey roasted. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
Nutritional facts are estimates and are provided as a courtesy to the reader. Please utilize your own brand nutritional values to double check against our estimates. Nutritional values are calculated via a third party. Changing ingredients, amounts or cooking technique will alter the estimated nutritional calculations.
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