Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs
this is the best recipe i have found for chocolate covered peanuts. you can use other nuts in place of peanuts, or with them. i made this for my friends and family for the holiday and everyone wanted the recipe. it is so easy to make. REMEMBER , it does have to be made in a large crock pot.
- put all ingredients into a 4 - 5 quart crock-pot in the order listed. cover and cook for 3 hours on low (do not open) turn off and cool for 30 minutes. mix well until all chocolate is dissolved and then pour onto buttered cookie sheets or drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. cool. if you pour onto cookie sheets use a spatula to lift and then break into pieces.
Excellent results! NEVER buy expensive chocolate nut clusters again! EASY to make with this recipe & QUICK if you only consider ACTUAL time needed to make the candy (and not the crock heating time). I have tried other recipe variations to make nut clusters before... most never really got firm to the touch without chilling (or the addition of parafin which I dislike doing)... so I was sceptical and anticipating 3-star results. The recipe is forgiving; I scaled it to one pound (not wanting a huge messy sticky quantity of nut clusters) and did slight rounding of the amounts that resulted. Followed the recipe TIME & technique except after the "cool down" time I turned my crockpot to "keep warm" while the candy was spooned onto the waxed paper. One pound made about 30 pieces (at 2 WW pts each for those counting). Most importantly... they actually harden at room temperature (overnight) and are NOT sticky! SMOOTH texture as it melts in your mouth while eating & a delicious taste rivaling any bought chocolates I can remember (the touch of salt from the salted nuts is a must IMO). Caution: not m&ms... these candies will MELT in your hand if you hold and admire them instead of popping into your mouth to enjoy! Thanks for a KEEPER treat that's so easy to fix, deedee!
Except for the cup of cocktail peanuts you have stolen Mr. Bud's candy recipe. I have been making it for a couple of years and his doesn't call for cocktail. Other wise you have pkut your name on Mr. Buds recipe.