Making your own candy is a fun and easy way to show your friends and family how much you care. Crockpot candy is a great way to make a large batch of candy with minimal effort and will not only make tasty treats but are perfect for the holidays or gifts. This recipe is similar to the Crockpot candy made in a crockpot but is made on the stove instead. It’s made with chocolate chips, peanut butter, peanuts, and baking chocolate. You can also add in peanuts or any other nuts that you like. It’s easy to prepare and the reward is super sweet! Crockpot candy is a healthy snack (well, sort of) and is made without flour—which means it’s gluten-free.
Because the recipe only uses a handful of ingredients, you should use the best quality you can find.
Chocolate – use high-quality dark baking chocolate (not chocolate from the candy aisle). Ghirardelli chocolate will work well. If you prefer sweeter candy, use milk chocolate.
Peanuts – you will use unsalted and salted peanuts,
Make the bars fruitier by adding dried cranberries, chopped dried apricots, raisins
Add more flavor by adding chopped crystallized ginger, lemon zest, orange zest, or vanilla essence.
If you prefer, you can add desiccated coconut.
You can also make the candy in an 8×8-inch tin, and slice it into bars once set. Spray the knife with oil cooking spray to ensure smooth slices. This will prevent the candy from sticking to the blade, and ensure that each slice comes out smoothly.
You can use other nuts too. Pecans, cashews, and macadamias will all work. If using large nuts, make sure to chop them so they are all equally sized.
You can decorate the clusters with shredded coconut or rainbow sprinkles.
Place all the ingredients in the crockpot (slow cooker).
Heat on low for one hour, then stir until the chocolate is melted.
Spoon the crockpot candy onto a parchment paper-lined baking tray. Place the tray in the fridge until the candy sets.
To store the Crockpot Candy, wrap them with parchment paper, and then place them in an airtight container.
You can also freeze them. Simply wrap the bars in a layer of parchment paper, then with another layer of plastic wrap. Freeze for up to 3 months.
Place the chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, baking chocolate, and peanut butter in a sauce pan over medium-low heat.
Gently heat over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate has melted.
Once the ingredients have melted together, remove the pot from the heat and let the mixture cool for 5 minutes. Stir in the salted and unsalted peanuts.
Spoon the crockpot candy onto a parchment paper-lined baking tray.
Place the tray in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or until the candy sets.