Do you have Christmas trays to make? This Easy Christmas Crock Pot Candy is a delicious addition to any Christmas tray. Only a handful of ingredients, it is rich and chocolate-y and adaptable to any tastes.
Christmas is a'coming and you need a great candy recipe, however, you don't have a lot of time. What to do, what to do? Easy Christmas Crock Pot Candy is just that, easy. You can add all the ingredients in and you can watch from a distance. All it needs is a stir now and then.
The ingredients are common items you may have around your house already.
I linked to the almond bark (above) so you could see what I mean when I say almond bark. It is definitely cheaper to buy it at Walmart or Aldi, with Aldi being the first choice. Actually, all the ingredients are better to be found at Aldi.
Depending on how much you make at one time, is how big of a crock pot you should use. My first batch was small, only making about 20-25 candies at about a half dollar size. Because of that, I used a small crock pot. For a larger batch, which I am going to give you the recipe for, you could use a regular sized crock pot. This batch would yield about 75-100+ candies. (Load up those Christmas trays, right?!?)
First, just put the chocolate into the crock pot and put it on high. This is NOT something you want to walk away and forget. The mixture does need a good stirring every now and again to keep the chocolate mixed well and to prevent this Christmas candy from burning.
Add the peanuts and stir well.
Put the melted chocolate and peanuts on waxed or parchment paper. Use can use a small scoop like this one. Just fill the scoop to the top and place it on the paper. No need to spray the paper.
This is where you can get creative. You can add a caramel piece like I did.
What I used was Nestle Filled Sea Salt Caramel Baking Truffles. I simply just put one in the middle of the candy. Make sure whatever you use to add it while the chocolate is still warm. You could add raisins, Christmas sprinkles, pink Himalayan salt or however you can be creative.
:: Don't forget about recipe and walk away. You need to check on it everyone once in a while and stir.
:: You can add pretzels with the peanuts for a more salty candy.
:: To store, after cooling completely, place in an air tight container. You could place it in the refrigerator but it is not necessary. However, don't store it in a warm place (near the oven).
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Easy Crock Pot Christmas Candy
- 3 lbs almond bark
- 12 oz chocolate chips semi-sweet
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 32 oz salted peanuts
- chocolate caramels, sprinkles, sea salt optional
- Place almond bark, chocolate chips, cocoa powder in a crock pot on high heat
- Every 15 minutes, stir
- After about 1 hour (may vary based on your crock pot) when the chocolate is completely melted, pour peanuts on the melted chocolate and stir
- Scoop out chocolate using a small scoop (see post above) and place on waxed paper to cool
- Let cool completely, approximately 20-30 minutes
- Add caramel on top, or other topping such as sprinkles when the chocolate is cooling on the waxed paper
- The nutritional ingredients are not calculated for the toppings