Christmas baking doesn’t get much easier than this super simple Crockpot Candy recipe! Made with chocolate, marshmallows, and peanuts, just toss all of the ingredients in your crockpot, mix it together, melt, and scoop and you have one of my family’s favorite treats!
Christmas candy is one of my favorite things to make with my family during the winter months! We always have to whip up a few different kinds of toffee, like our favorite Christmas crack toffee. And there is always lots of soft caramels and creamy peanut butter fudge, my family just can’t get enough.
Crockpot Candy Recipe
This recipe is so easy and delicious! It is made of just a few simple ingredients that everyone will love, and it’s so simple to throw in the crockpot. I also love that this recipe makes plenty of candy, so it’s great to share with neighbors and friends! I don’t know about you, but my favorite thing to receive for Christmas is homemade treats because they taste amazing, and they don’t clutter up the house!
Along with your cup of white hot chocolate and your divinity candy, this crockpot candy makes the perfect Christmas treat. It is so fun to put on a Christmas dessert charcuterie board or to put on a plate with ooey gooey Christmas cookies. You really can’t go wrong with how you serve and share this candy. It’s sure to be a new Christmas tradition!
These ingredients for crockpot candy are so simple, you probably already have most of them in your pantry! You really can mix up this recipe and make it with what you have on hand. What you already have in your pantry is probably what your family likes the most anyways! You can find exact measurements below in the recipe card.
- Lightly Salted Dry Roasted Peanuts: Roasted peanuts have lots of flavor, and the salt on the outside helps to balance out all of the sweet flavors. It is the perfect nut to go in this candy!
- Vanilla Almond Bark: This is like a white chocolate bar that you should be able to find at your local grocery store. It is perfect for melting, and it has a nice sweet flavor with a hint of almond. You could also use white chocolate chips instead if you wanted to.
- Semisweet Chocolate Chips: This helps to balance out all of the sweet flavors. You could also do dark chocolate chips if you like those better. Make sure to use a good quality chocolate, your candy will taste better! Milk chocolate chips would also work.
- Dark Chocolate Bar: I like to use Ghiradelli 60% chocolate, I just think it has great flavor and balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
- Mini Marshmallows: Mini marshmallows are a must in this candy! They add great texture and a gooey bite that you would miss if it wasn’t there.
- Sprinkles: This ingredient is optional, but it adds such a cute festive flare to the candy. You could get gold sprinkles to make it look fancy!
How to Make Crockpot Candy
This crockpot candy is as easy to make as it sounds! You really do just throw it in your crockpot to melt and then scoop them into balls to cool. They are the easiest treats you will make this holiday season!
- Add to Crockpot: Combine peanuts, almond bark, and chocolate in the basin of a large slow cooker.
- Heat: Heat on low for one hour.
- Stir: Stir well with a spoon, until the chocolate is smooth.
- Scoop: Stir in mini marshmallows and scoop onto a wax (or parchment paper) paper-lined cookie sheet. Allow to cool.
Tips for Making Crockpot Candy
This crockpot candy can be anything you want it to be! You can add so many different ingredients to make it your own.
- Try Different Nuts: Almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, or toasted pecans would be so yummy in this treat. They all go great with chocolate and would add different textures and flavors. Try one, or try them all!
- Add Flavors: Wouldn’t a candy cane crunch be yummy in this candy? Or how about laying down some Graham crackers or toffe before scooping out your treats? A nice crunchy bottom would be so yummy!
- Make Shapes: You can scoop these treats out into fun shapes! Try a snowman or a cute candy cane. You can dress these up however you want!
- Add Toppings: A white chocolate drizzle would look so pretty on top. You could also sprinkle crushed candy cane, toffee bits, or some coarse sea salt. They are so yummy any way you make them!
- Fill Cupcake Liners: If you want to make these treats easy to give away, pour them into a cupcake liner instead of onto a sheet pan. They will be easy to transport and to share!
Here is how to store your delicious and easy crockpot candy. You will be so glad you made this, it’s easy to store, share as a gift, and gobble up!
On the Counter: Crockpot candy will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. Good luck getting it to last that long, though! It rarely makes it longer than 24 hours in my house!
- 4 cups lightly salted dry roasted peanuts
- 2 lbs vanilla almond bark broken into pieces
- 1 12 oz bag semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 4 oz dark chocolate bar broken into pieces (I like to use Ghirardelli 60%)
- 4-5 cups mini marshmallows this is about 1 cup shy of a 10 oz bag of mini marshmallows
- Sprinkles optional
- Layer peanuts evenly into your crockpot. Add almond bark, chocolate chips, and dark chocolate bar on top.
- Cover with lid and cook on low heat for one hour.
- Remove lid and stir well. If all of the chocolate isn’t completely melted, continue to cook uncovered on low heat, stirring occasionally, for another 15-30 minutes (or as long as is needed until chocolate is melted).
- Turn off heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add mini marshmallows and stir briefly, just until marshmallows are coated in chocolate and combined (if you stir too much you will melt your marshmallows, you want them to pretty much maintain their shape).
- Immediately use a 1 ½ Tablespoon sized cookie scoop (or two large spoonand scoop candy by heaping 1 ½ Tablespoon onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet (you’ll need several, this makes a lot of candy).
- Top with sprinkles, if desired, then allow candy to set before enjoying (about 30-60 minutes).
- Store candy in an airtight container at room temperature.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
what a great use of a crockpot, very creative and much easier than any other way, thank you!
does anyone know if you could freeze these?
Yes, these candies freeze really well.
Crockpot peanut clusters a big hit and easy to make, this will be my go to recipe every year.