Crockpot Christmas Crack (or Peanut Clusters)

December 22, 2015

By Tab Byrum

My mom has always been the candy maker in our family, don’t get me wrong she’s an awesome baker also, but when it comes to candy she’s the best. A few years ago she ran across an ultra-simple recipe for peanut clusters that you make in the crockpot, I’m not always crazy about meals cooked in the crockpot, but recipes like this candy are great.

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The recipe calls for a 16 oz. jar of unsalted peanuts, a 16 oz. jar of salted peanuts, a bar of German Baking Chocolate, a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 2 packages of  White Chocolate Almond Bark. You put all the ingredients in the crockpot on low for 3 hours, DON’T raise the lid and DON’T stir the mixture for those three hours.

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First, dump both jars of peanuts in the crock pot and give them a little stir to combine the two kinds of peanuts.

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Next lay the bar of German Baking Chocolate on top of the peanuts. 

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Next, sprinkle the whole bag of chocolate chips on top of the baking chocolate and the peanuts.

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The final step is placing all the Almond Bark on top of the other ingredients.

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Place the lid on the Crock-Pot and turn the temperature to high and let them cook for three hours without lifting the lid or stirring them during those three hours. 

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Stir and stir, making sure to stir up from the bottom to incorporate all the peanut clusters. 

At the end of the three hours stir the contents of the crockpot together and drop by the spoonful onto wax paper and let it set up, you now have awesome peanut clusters, the term crack comes from the fact that once you start eating them they are really hard to stop, they just taste SO darn good. Enjoy!!!

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As you can see the recipe makes a lot of candy, depending on how big your scoops are. It’s a great recipe to make, package up and give as gifts to neighbors, family, co-workers and friends. 

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I promise you that these Peanut Clusters are better than any store bought and one of the simplest recipes you will ever make.

All words and photos are my own.

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