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Chocolaty Peanut Clusters

I turn to my slow cooker to prepare these convenient chocolate treats. Making candies couldn't be any easier! —Pam Posey, Waterloo, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    6-1/2 pounds


  • 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


  • 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 2-2-1/2 hours or until chips are melted, stirring halfway through cooking.
  • Stir to combine. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 205 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • PinkTulips
    Dec 13, 2019

    Quick Question: Would top-quality handcooked Virginia peanuts work in place of the dry-roasted? Dry-roasted peanuts are not my cup of tea -- changes the peanut completely. Thank you!

  • Angie
    Dec 26, 2017

    These candies are one of the best candies you'll ever make or eat!!When I first tried these from another friend I just couldn't believe how delicious they were. I have always thought peanut clusters were okay candy but not a true favorite. The chocolate on peanut clusters just never tasted quite as good as I had hoped but these are truly amazingly delicious!They're a little bit expensive to make but they are SO delish and they make a lot of candy.Honestly, Everyone I have given these candies to also think that they are the best peanut clusters they have ever tasted any place, anywhere - Bar None!You will NOT be disappointed! Best candy that I made this Christmas and I am told that I make some pretty good candy!Also they are so easy to make and you don't have to worry about your chocolate clumping, like it can so easily in the microwave if you process it just a little too long.ENJOY!!! Thanks for this amazingly easy and delicious recipe!

  • kaly_ab
    Oct 20, 2016

    I love these! They are a bit addictive, there is just something about chocolate and peanuts! They are easy to make just be sure to keep an eye on the chocolate as it melts and stir often! As slow cookers all vary in temperature some may melt the chocolate quicker then others.

  • jana5
    Feb 11, 2016

    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.

  • laura78
    Feb 4, 2016

    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.

  • hicks91
    Feb 3, 2016

    Awesome !!!

  • AdeleDegnan
    Apr 2, 2015

    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.

  • MomaCas
    Feb 24, 2015

    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!

  • buncogranny
    Dec 28, 2014

    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.

  • slburton373
    Dec 21, 2014

    Didn't work for me; got the burnt results like others. Tried to salvage in the microwave but it just made it worse.