Crockpot Christmas crack is made with a delightful blend of peanuts, semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and velvety white almond bark, all melted into a mouthwatering cluster treat.
Crockpot candy — the magical treat that’s as easy to make as it is delicious to enjoy!
These sweet treats are the life of any party, bringing the classic combo of peanut and chocolate together in a brand-new way.
Similar to classic peanut clusters, crockpot candy crack is a bite-sized treat that’s beyond irresistible.
With delicious chocolate, peanut butter chips, and vanilla candy covering peanut clusters, you’ll fall in love at first sight — or bite!
Crockpot Christmas candy is a testament to the magic of slow cooking, transforming simple ingredients into a symphony of sweetness that’s ideal for celebrations, gifts, or any time you need a delightful indulgence.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Peanuts: I use a mix of salted and unsalted peanuts for the perfect saltiness.
- Chocolate chips: I use a mix of semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips, but you can substitute the milk chocolate ones for a dark chocolate variety.
- Peanut butter chips: Add these if you want true Christmas candy crack with extra peanut butter flavor, but these can be omitted.
- White Almond Bark: I love using the white almond bark blocks you can find at the store, but you can also use vanilla candy coating chips too.
How to Make Crockpot Candy Crack
A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.
STEP ONE: Evenly distribute all the peanuts in the bottom of the crockpot.
STEP TWO: Create another even layer by adding in both semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips.
STEP THREE: Follow this layer with one made of peanut butter chips.
STEP FOUR: Finish by topping everything with the white almond bark.
STEP FIVE: Set your slow cooker to low and cook the mixture for an hour.
STEP SIX: After the first hour, stir the mixture thoroughly. Cover and continue cooking for an additional 1.5 hours, stirring every 15 minutes as it nears completion to prevent burning.
STEP SEVEN: Once the chocolate has fully melted and combined with the peanuts, use a one-inch cookie scoop to transfer clusters of the chocolate mixture onto wax paper.
STEP EIGHT: Create rows and columns of your peanut butter Christmas crack until the crockpot is empty. If you’d like to add sprinkles or other toppings, do so while the chocolate is still wet.
STEP NINE: Allow the crock pot Christmas crack to cool for about 2 hours until it’s fully set and hardened. Afterward, remove the pieces from the wax paper.
Tips for Crockpot Candy
- Make sure the peanuts evenly cover the bottom of the crock pot as they prevent the chocolate from overheating and burning.
- Opt for the low setting on your crockpot or slow cooker to ensure gradual, even melting of the ingredients.
- Stirring every 15 minutes as the candy crack nears completion prevents any burning or uneven mixing.
- When stirring, make sure to reach all the way to the bottom of the crockpot to incorporate all ingredients.
More Christmas Dessert Recipes
- Peppermint Kiss Cookies
- Peppermint White Chocolate Cookies
- No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge
- 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls
Variations to Crockpot Christmas Crack
- Different Nuts: Substitute peanuts with almonds or cashews. I also always have leftover pecans from my sweet potato casserole and they work great in this recipe too!
- Variety of Chocolate: Substitute dark chocolate, white chocolate, or butterscotch chips for a different flavor.
- Sea Salt Garnish: Sprinkle a touch of sea salt on each cluster to balance the sweetness.
- Espresso Infusion: For coffee lovers, try espresso powder to infuse a hint of coffee flavor.
- Customize your Candy: You can choose to leave the clusters plain or enhance them with crushed pretzels, festive sprinkles, finely crushed candy cane for peppermint flavor, mini candies, or finely chopped peanuts.
- To Salt or Not to Salt: I enjoy mixing half salted with half plain peanuts, but you can opt for all salted or all plain!
How Long Does Crockpot Candy Last?
You can store Crockpot candy in a ziplock bag or airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Just make sure they’re out of the sun or any other hot environment so they don’t melt into each other.
Alternatively, you can freeze the Christmas candy in an airtight container or freezer bag for 2-3 months.
Can I Use Different Nuts for a Peanut Allergy?
You can definitely substitute any allergens in this recipe to make it suitable for all guests! Feel free to replace peanuts with almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, or any other kind you prefer.
You can also swap out the peanut butter chips for an extra bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch, white chocolate chips, and more.
Can I Prepare Crockpot Candy on the Stovetop?
Yes, you can easily prepare Crockpot candy on the stove instead! Layer the ingredients in a pot as you would in a crockpot.
Just make sure to stir every 15 minutes over low heat to avoid burning. If your pot isn’t large enough, halve the recipe and make it in two batches.
More Treats with Peanut and Chocolate
- 16 ounces salted peanuts
- 16 ounces unsalted peanuts
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 11.5 ounces milk chocolate chips
- 10 ounces peanut butter chips (optional)
- 2 - 16 ounces packages vanilla candy coating
- Begin by placing all of the peanuts on the bottom of the crockpot in an even layer.
- Then, add both the semi and the milk chocolate chips, making another even layer.
- On top of this layer, add a bag of peanut butter chips.
- Finally, top everything with the vanilla candy coating.
- Turn your crockpot on low and cook for one hour.
- After one hour of cooking, stir the mixture thoroughly. Cover and continue cooking the mixture for about one and a half hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes at first and then every 15 minutes as it gets closer to being done.
- Once the chocolate has been completely melted and mixed together with the peanuts, using a one-inch cookie scoop, scoop out the chocolate mixture onto wax paper. Create rows and columns until the crock pot is empty.
- Allow the Christmas crack to sit for about 2 hours or until they are completely cooled and have hardened.
- Remove from the wax paper and serve or store in an airtight container.
- You can leave the clusters plain or add festive sprinkles, finely crushed candy cane, sea salt, mini candies, or finely chopped peanuts.
- I liked having half salted and half plain peanuts. However, you can do all salted or all plain.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g
This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.