Crock Pot Candy

So, I was browsing through my mom’s recipe cards and saw this doozy.

Candy in the crock?  Intrigued, I was.

 

I mean, using my crock pot for more than stew or pulled pork?  Interesting.

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I honestly I don’t remember my mother ever making candy in the slow cooker, but I am sure she had the best of intentions.  I mean, have you seen MY pin boards?  Good intentions must be genetic.

So I decided to take it to google, the almighty dream-crusher, to see if my mom was an genius recipe inventor.  Well.  Apparently crock pot candy is a whole thing.

But since it was new to me, I thought it might be new to you too.

 

Let’s discuss Crock Pot Candy, kay?

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Honestly, it couldn’t be easier…
Just chop up a few different types of chocolate and throw them in the crock pot.

I started, though, with some chopped hazelnuts on the bottom..just for a little crunch…and also I *think* the nuts might help prevent the chocolate from burning on the bottom…I could be wrong, though.
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Next I put in some semi-sweet chips…
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Topped those off white candy melts…
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Then I let it sit on low for about 3 hours.
I used my 4 quart Crock Pot which is all old-timey looking…
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After 3 hours, I stirred it all together…
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Here’s where I took matters into my own hands. Since I used hazelnuts, I thought it might be nice to swirl in some Nutella. Why not?
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Then I lined a mini muffin tin with cupcake liners and dropped it by heaping tablespoon sized portions into the liners…
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Then I added some toffee bits. For good health.
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Aren’t they pretty?
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And then, since I can’t leave well enough alone I decided to make some more in big cupcake liners. And then maybe also drop an entire Reese’s Cup in there too…
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Sometimes it’s important to go there.
And THEN I thought, well, these might be good salted up…so I added a pretzel and some sea salt. Yum!
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They set up pretty quickly and then you’ll have fancy candies.
That you made in your least-fancy appliance.
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Description

makes 48 candies


Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped hazelnuts (you could use any nuts you prefer)
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 1/2 pounds white almond bark, white candy melting disks or white chocolate chips
  • *optional 3/4 cup Nutella
  • *optional 1 cup toffee bits

Instructions

  1. In a 4 quart crock pot layer nuts, semi-sweet chocolate and almond bark or candy melts. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.
  2. When 3 hours is up, stir all the ingredients together and swirl in Nutella, if desired.
  3. Line 2 mini muffin pans with liners and drop by heaping tablespoon into liners.
  4. Sprinkle with toffee bits, if desired.

Notes

you can add any add-ins to candy you’d like. Try swirling peanut butter instead of Nutella, or adding rice krispie cereal into the melted chocolate for crunch!

 

39 Responses

  1. These look so good!! I was actually watching that cooking show with Trisha Yearwood on Saturday, and she made crock pot candy, only hers wasn’t as fancy and didn’t look as good.

    So basically your candy is better than a famous persons, is what I’m saying.

  2. I bet this would be a good way to use up some leftover Halloween candy, too – just chop them up and throw them in with everything else. This is such a cool idea, I’ve been getting a little more into doing things with chocolate lately but doing anything in the crock pot had never occurred to me!

  3. I’m asking this as nicely as possible, but wouldn’t it be easier to just melt the chocolate on the stovetop and stir in the nuts? It would save a whole bunch of time! I don’t want to wait 3 hours for candy and since it appears that the only thing the crock pot does is melt the chocolate, I am just guessing it would be easier to melt it normally. Do you think that would that work similarly?

    1. shelly

      Certainly you could just melt the chocolate! The crock pot just offers a pretty foolproof way of melting the chocolate and also in this busy baking season, you could be doing a lot of other things in the meantime 🙂

  4. Brenda J. M

    I laughed non-stop reading this. Guess I needed to chuckle more than I thought….” I added, then I added, then I thought and added, …”
    You oughta have a t.v show and drop this. Who needs Rachel Ray when we can have the SWEETS QUEEN??
    A treat is a treat is a treat and I haven’t seen a thing here in over a year, that I wouldn’t eat more than 10 of. 🙂

  5. OK, so I thought the title of this post was “crack pot candy” at first and I could not wait to see what you were up to. Crock pot is good, too! I’ve never HEARD of this! And I love that you found the recipe in your mom’s recipe cards! ?

  6. Omigosh! First, let me just say that those look fabulous, and I really should have eaten breakfast before getting on the computer because now all I want is CHOCOLATE! Second, just reading through this cracked me up! I love your writing style! I just discovered you through the BlogHerAd side post on my blog. So glad I did! You’ve got a new follower. 🙂

  7. Liz

    Sweet! I never thought of making candy in mine. Your’s looks so good, that I just want to take a spoon and dig in! Ta heck with the paper wrappers! I want a big ol spoonfull of ooey goey warm chocolate! Hehehe…I confess, though I prolly should not, I eat cake batter too. My hubby and I both do while imagining our mothers having fits if they could see us. Anyhow…thanks again for the wonderful idea.

  8. Sharon

    I had to try this since it looked so easy and guess what… it was!!! It is also delicious even though I only had one small bag of semi sweet chocolate chips and could not find any white chocolate but the blocks. Next time I will be using milk chocolate as I really don’t like the taste of seme sweet even mixed with 3 boxes of white and nuts. I used walnuts, almonds and cashew pieces on the bottom. I didn’t fill my paper cups and got 62 candies instead of 48. I also didn’t have enough of the small muffin tins so didn’t bother with them, just put the paper cups on my extra large piza pan and set them outside in the back porch to cool over night. What a nice treat these are for a family with a big sweet tooth. I keep looking for recipes that don’t call for stuff to be precooked then put in the crockpot, never thought it would be chocolate candies. After all the whole reason I bought a crock pot was to do it all in one pot not to make more dishes for myself. Thank you for this, I will definitely be trying some of your other recipes.

  9. Kathy Parker

    These look so good, am going to make for gifts at our nd family Christmas party. I don’t have the Minnie muffin pans, I guess it would get pretty messy without them right? Can I double up on this in the crockpot or just stick to original? How many servings does it make?
    Thanks again for the great ideas. And have a great Thanksgiving.
    Kathy

  10. Chera

    Hi. I love this easy yummy recipe but my candy after 3 hours didn’t set up. It’s more like a choc sauce with nuts. I don’t what could’ve went wrong. Chera

    1. Lisa

      I just made these but used peanuts in the first batch. In the second batch I used cashews and raisins. Both batches were very tasty. Gone real quick too! No need to spray the crockpot first. Everything comes out super easy. I used a small cookie scoop to get a constant size and my batches came out to 185 the first batch and 179 the second.

  11. Denise

    I’m allergic to chocolate, but I can have white chocolate. I’d love to try this out with a substitute for the dark chocolate. 😉

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