Chocolaty Peanut Clusters Recipe
- 1 jar (16 ounces) salted dry roasted peanuts
- 1 jar (16 ounces) unsalted dry roasted peanuts
- 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
- 1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
- 3 packages (10 to 12 ounces each) white baking chips
- 2 packages (10 ounces each) 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips
- 1. In a 6-qt. slow cooker, combine peanuts. Layer with the remaining ingredients in order given (do not stir). Cover and cook on low for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until chips are melted, stirring halfway through cooking.
- 2. Stir to combine. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Yield: 6-1/2 pounds.
1 piece equals 205 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 68 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.
Reviews for Chocolaty Peanut Clusters
"I have a recipe almost like this one but much quicker. Why would you use a crock pot for 2 to 2 1/2 hours when you can melt the chocolate in a microwave? I melt the chocolate in my microwave add the peanuts then spoon on to wax paper and refrigerate. This method cuts the time by 2 hours."
"These are so delicious and addictive! This is the only candy recipe I've ever made. I had no idea that making candy could be so easy! It's a little time consuming to drop them onto the wax paper, and the time shown in the recipe doesn't include that. I've made them in a crock pot, and I think it took longer to melt than in the slow cooker. I used a 4 qt slow cooker the last time, so I had to use less ingredients to get it to fit. I used all the peanut butter chips and all of the bittersweet chocolate chips, and less of everything else. After I had dropped 15 pieces or so, I stirred in more peanuts."
"Very good, and easy. Glad I read the reviews. Stirred mine at 1 hour and it was finished 15 minutes later. Next time, given the enormous quantity that it makes, I may use a combination of other nuts to make this more special. As mentioned, particularly almonds and cashews. Maybe even dried cranberries stirred in at the last minute."
"These were amazing! I'm not a huge chocolate fan, but I coulnd't stop eating these! I took some to a get-together, and several people there said the same thing! They take a long time to scoop out, but they were so worth it! I was a little concerned about the amount of time to cook because my crockpot seems to run a little on the hot side, but I followed the recipe exactly and wouldn't change a thing! I will definitely be making these again!"
"Crockpots vary as to temperature. Mine simmers on low, would not attempt this in it. The concept of the recipe seems totally workable. I will try melting the chips in a double boiler very low heat add peanuts after it is melted and blended completely. We make chocolate candies with chips and dip cookies every year with the double boiler method. A double boiler can be made by putting one pan over another as long as the water doesn't get into the top pan. I suspect someone made this with an old crockpot that has the old low settings. Chocolate is very touchy, a bit of food grade wax melted with it will keep your candy shiny and aid setting. With this I would use probably a tenth of a bar or less of wax tops. If you use wax shave it an melt it with the chips before adding the nuts."
"Didn't work for me; got the burnt results like others. Tried to salvage in the microwave but it just made it worse."
"Great recipe. Glad I didn't read the reviews until after I had everything going. I have a 4 & 6 quart slow cooker. I did it in the 6 qt. for 2 1/2 hours. It filled it up to within an inch of the top. Was very satisfied with the results and it made tons of clusters and so easy. Great recipe for my holiday treats that I give out to friends and family. Will definitely make again."
"People that are complaining about this burning most likely were using a slow cooker that was too large. You can't use a 6 qt sized cooker and ignore your ingredients. If you aren't filling it 2/3 full it's going to cook faster."
"Stirring is the key. I stirred about every 30 minutes. It turned out great!"
"This was a $40 loss. Chocolate wouldn't melt, peanuts burnt on bottom. Chocolate burnt around edge of slow cooker. Threw it all out. Followed recipe exactly. What a mess.MOGramma"
"Some slow cookers tend to cook warmer than others. Just keep an eye on yours as it is melting the chips and they should turn out great."
"Alot of people are saying , following this recipe will give you burnt clusters....Does anyone have a recipe which won't burn? I don't want to spend $40.00 on ingredients to let them burn in the pot......Thanks !!"
"I make these every year, but my recipe called for cooking 1 hour, stir, cook half hour and stir until the 2 1/2 hours is up. No burning. I've played with the different types of chips and butterscotch with the others adds a nice flavor. My sons love it."
"I've made these with almonds and also with cashews...superb!"
"These are the best clusters ever. My mom & daughter make these together every Christmas. A word of warning regarding the dry roasted peanuts. Read the ingredient label carefully because most of the jars contain paprika & garlic powder without saying anything on the front label. Not good with chocolate."
"I haven't made this recipe yet but after reading all of the reviews, when I do make this recipe I think I will make it in a double boiler. Less chance of burning the ingredients and being out of all the money it costs to make it."
"These are great and so easy to make in the slow cooker, but I agree mine were done sooner than 2 hours, glad I checked or I think they would have burned. I will definitely be making these again everyone loved them."
"A Christmas must! I have made for 4years now! Requested by family & co-workers! So easy!"
"I've made these twice now. The first time, I halved the recipe. Everyone gobbled them down, so the second time I made a full batch. I will be making these every Christmas from now on!"
"Do not follow the directions for this recipe. I made this exactly like the recipe said & I had a crockpot full of burned ingredients. Had to throw it all away! Waste of money & time! I was not a happy camper!"
"Beware! DO STIR THIS OR IT WILL BURN!! I followed this recipie exactly as it said and had to dig out burned bits to salvage the rest. The taste and consistency is right on but do not leave this to burn in your crockpot!"
"Have already made these several times and they don't last long around the houseor as gifts to friends and family."
"These were so easy and so yummy!!!!"