As a kid, one of my favorite candy bars was this square-shaped milk chocolate bar with peanuts and raisins in it. I can’t recall the name of it now for the life of me, but I loved the combination of the creamy chocolate, the salty peanuts and the sweet, chewy raisins. It was just…perfect. Last year, I made these slow cooker chocolate candy clusters with just peanuts. This year, I changed up the chocolate mix a little bit for a deeper chocolate flavor, and then I decided to recreate the candy bar that I remembered from my childhood.
The thing that I love most about this stuff is that it’s so hands-off. You just toss everything in the slow cooker and let it go. With so much else going on this week getting ready for Christmas, the easier I can make things, the better!! I have a 6-quart oval slow cooker, and this recipe pretty much fills it, but by the time it all melts down, it takes up about half the pot. Then, you just scoop it into mini-cupcake liners (or the big ones – who’s judging?). Once it all sets up in a couple of hours, it’s absolutely irresistible!
The whole family pretty much agreed that these were much better this year with the change in the chocolate blend and the addition of the raisins. Well, everybody but the little guy, who decided this year that he’s just not a fan of peanuts. Who knew?
If you’re looking for something unique that you won’t have to spend HOURS trying to put together, this is the recipe for you. After all, what better use is there for your crock pot today than to make dessert? 🙂
- 32 ounces of salted, roasted peanuts
- 6 ounces of bittersweet baker's chocolate, broken in pieces
- 1 12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/ 2 pound brick of white chocolate almond bark
- 1 pound brick of traditional chocolate almond bark
- 1 1/ 2 cups raisins
- Pour the peanuts into the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Add the baker's chocolate pieces, then pour the chocolate chips over the top.
- Place the two types of almond bark on top.
- Cover the slow cooker and turn it on low.
- Leave it undisturbed for an hour and a half.
- Stir the mixture after an hour and a half, then add the raisins.
- Scoop it by teaspoonfuls into miniature cupcake liners or by tablespoons into full-sized liners (you'll get half as many pieces).
- Let them cool until the chocolate sets up, then enjoy!