Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Candies
Total Prep Time: 5 minutes in the beginning and about 15 minutes at the end
Total Cook Time: 2 hours
Set Time for the candies: 1 ½ hours
I got this recipe from a dear friend of mine 2 Christmases ago. The recipe can make over 100 candies. It is extremely easy – all you need is a few ingredients, a crock pot, wax paper and a little counter space. I love that I can put these onto cook in 5 minutes, come back in 2 hours do about 20 minutes of work then walk away again for at least 1 ½ hours. As an added bonus they will keep in a sealed container for about 2 weeks. This one is definitely a favorite around our house – my Dad requests them at almost every holiday. And yes, his birthday counts as a holiday.
Here is what you will need:
2, 16 ounce jars of salted, roasted peanuts
1, 12 ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 German chocolate bar (baking section)
32 ounces of white almond bark (16 tiles)
A crock pot
Empty both jars of peanuts into the bottom of your crock pot. Sprinkle the entire bag of chocolate chips on top of the peanuts. Break the German chocolate bar into roughly 4 pieces and add them next. Last, break/cut the almond bark into tiles and put it on top.
Cook in crock pot on LOW for 2 hours with the lid on. Make sure you put it on low – we accidentally tried to make them last year and cooked them on high by accident. It was a very sad outcome for the chocolate peanut candies. Although my Dad loves them so much that he ate some of them burnt peanuts and all.
After 2 hours, stir mixture with a wooden spoon until completely mixed together. You will know it’s all mixed because it will be the color of milk chocolate. Spread wax paper out on your kitchen counters. Then drop by teaspoonful onto wax paper. Let them harden (about 1 ½ hours on your kitchen counter). Store them in an air tight container or enjoy them right away.
A quick note about the ingredients:
You can find the salted peanuts on the “salty snack” aisle at the grocery store – where they have the flavored almonds, caramel popcorn, etc. Make sure you get the salted peanuts. My Dad made the recipe once and used unsalted and he said it just wasn’t the same. You will find the rest of the ingredients on the baking aisle. Make sure you check the ounces on the containers. 32 ounces of almond bark usually requires 1 package and 1/3 of another package.