Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Crockpot Peanut Clusters - Easy last minute Holiday Candy

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Lisa, my sister-in-law, called and told me about a recipe for Crockpot Peanut Clusters that Grandmother Bennett made. She told me how wonderful they were and insisted that I must make them immediately!  What a time saver I thought!  All you have to do is throw everything in the Crockpot in order, set to low, and let it go for 3 hours. 

Enough said I'm in!

Here's what you'll need:
2-16 oz jars of roasted salted peanuts (to cut salt use 1 jar salted and 1 jar unsalted)
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
4 oz German Baking Chocolate
1 pound chocolate almond bark
1 pound white almond bark


My first crockpot was to small so I pulled out the big daddy and threw in the peanuts.


Next comes the bag of chocolate chips. {Except the few that hopped in my mouth - giggles}


Next comes the German Chocolate.


And finally the almond bark.  Close the lid and cook on low for 3 hours.  Stir everything together and scoop out onto wax paper. 


Easy Right!  Well here is where I ran into trouble.  Apparently my crockpots low setting is pretty hot.  The friggin' peanuts burned.  And not just the outside of the peanut.  I mean some of them were burnt all the way through!  Yuck!


I went ahead and scooped out the candy. About half to three quarters of the peanuts were OK.  Once they cooled I took one to Gary to get his reaction.  He ate it.  He didn't make a funny face or spit it out.  He even commented that they were good.  Later he came in the kitchen and got another one.  This time after he ate it he just stared at me.  What - I said?  Nothing -he said.  So the next day he grabbed another one.  I thought for sure I was in the clear and that we were good to go.  So I asked the bold question.  Do you think these are good enough to give away as gifts?  No, not really - Gary said.  That's what I thought!  Finally that evening before I could bear throwing it all away Gary grabbed another one.  He took a bite and said - I know what's wrong - the peanuts taste burnt!  Busted!!


So when I do it again {next year} here is what I will do different.  I will either cook on low for 1 hour, stir, and then stir every 15 minutes until the chocolate is all melted.  OR I will try using my warm setting for 3 hours.


My sister in law swears these are awesome!  I know they would be if my crazy Crockpot didn't cook so hot.


This made 140 pieces of candy!  Holy Smokes, that a bunch!


3 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS - WOOHOO!!!!

4 comments:

  1. I really appreciate your honesty about trying a recipe and having it not work properly. That makes you like the rest of us! lol
    I love ANYTHING that is made in the crockpot...my crockpot is similar to yours and I bet it would do the same thing. What would happen if you added a tiny splash of water at the bottom? Would it make it too soggy?
    What happens if you change the order of the ingredients?

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  2. Sorry these didn't come out right for you, but I agree this recipe looks fantastic! Super easy. I think the warm setting would work.

    BTW, you've been tagged. http://boredcook.wordpress.com/2010/12/19/i-got-tagged-and-now-im-it/

    Pam

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  3. Caren - It's a miracle I haven't burnt down the house, lol! My first reaction to adding water is no. Seems like a bit of water on the entire bottom would make the peanuts soft, more like boiled peanuts. But I really don't know. If my warm setting doesn't work. I'll be trying your suggestions!

    Pam - Thanks for the tag :-).

    Merry Christmas to you both!

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  4. let me know if you are able to make it with success (and if so what you did) because this sounds delicious!

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