I know, I know, goodies in the crock pot?
I will admit I’ve never successfully cooked very many sweet things in the crock pot. To me, the crock pot is reserved for savory dishes, soups and stews. But I just had to share this with you.
My neighbor’s mom makes this every year and we are always so thrilled when they bring a little bit over to share with us. Nana makes the best treats and this one is a particular favorite of mine. This week, she came to visit (we had “Nana Central” in our cul-de-sac, with two grandmas visiting, Little Bit said.) and she made a batch. Luckily we were the recipients of a sample.
After trying it, my mom said, “We need to make some of this.” So we set out to find the recipe online. We found several blogs and websites with the recipe, even a Redbook article that dubbed it “Trisha Yearwood’s candy” although I do wonder if she really invented the candy herself. It seems to me to be one of those ubiquitous candies that appears every holiday – kind of like fruitcake and fudge. Which, truthfully, is just fine with me, because I LOVE it. (Here’s another link to a source recipe we used as our base.)
It’s sort of a cross between a Payday candy bar and peanut butter fudge. Which is crazy because even though I swore it had to have peanut butter in it, I found out that it doesn’t! Not one drop.
The secret ingredient is dry-roasted peanuts. That, and I think, the crock pot. When you cook this, the layering in the crock pot is apparently critical. I think the roasted peanuts are on the bottom and as they heat up directly on top of the heating elements of the crock pot, they must infuse the chocolates (yes, plural) with the roasted peanut flavor. What you end up with is so delicious. And, so stinkin’ easy, it’s almost embarrassing.
This will definitely be on my list of goodies to make for our friends this holiday season. I hope you give it a try.
Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Candy
2 jars (16 oz.) dry roasted salted peanuts
1 package (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 oz sweetened Baker’s German chocolate (green packaging), broken into pieces
3 lb (two 24 oz. pkgs.) white almond bark, broken into pieces (some packages of almond bark may have “candy coating” as the name on the package)
- Put ingredients into a 4 or 5-quart crockpot in EXACT order as listed.
- Cover and cook on LOWEST setting for 3 hours. DO NOT remove lid!
- Turn off and allow to cool slightly.
- Mixture will not be melted but will be soft.
- Mix thoroughly and drop by teaspoon size cookie dropper or a teaspoon onto parchment paper.
- Let cool thoroughly. Makes approximately 100 pieces, depending, of course, on how large you make the pieces.
A few notes:
- My large crock pot barely held all of this – you need a BIG crock pot.
- I had to turn it from Low to Warm about 2 hours into cooking as I noticed the white chocolate was starting to turn brown on the sides.
- I used a tiny ladle to drop this on the parchment paper. We made 100 candies about 3/4 of a ladle full and let it sit on the counter overnight to cool.
7 thoughts on “Saturday Sweetness from the Crock Pot”
Lois, thanks so much for the amazing recipe. My husband and father-in-law loved it! It was also a big hit at work today. A friend suggested trying it with almonds, so that’s next on the list. Thanks again for sharing it. I was wondering what to make for my Christmas goody bags…now I know! 🙂
I’m so glad you liked it! (and the Captain, too!) Let me know how the almonds work out – one of the websites I read said they didn’t guarantee results if you deviated from the recipe, so I’m curious to know how it turns out. I had wondered, too, about mixing in a little peanut butter to add more peanut taste…
My try at this came out great! I have a large ceramic crock pot so everything fit just find. I did use 34 oz (I think) jar of peanuts. It seems like a lot of nuts but it is not. I left my cooker on low and the white bark did not get dark. Best to make on a cold day.
I’m so glad!
Quick update. I made a batch with almonds instead of peanuts, but it just didn’t taste as good. Don’t get me wrong, the almond version tastes like a Hershey’s with Almonds, but the peanut version is much more holiday-ish. I also had feedback from a co-worker on both batches. He liked the peanut version because it tasted a little like toffee. I think that’s because I had the crockpot on Low instead of Warm the whole time. Bottom line: Good stuff!
I’ve heard that substitutions don’t work out very well. I think I’ve made five or six(!) batches this year. It’s the most popular treat I’ve made!!
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