Slow Cooker White Chocolate Candies are easy salty sweet treats made with white chocolate melts, salted peanuts, and vanilla extract.
Slow Cooker White Chocolate Nut Candies are an easy Holiday candy recipe or whenever you want a sweet, salty treat. These peanut clusters are incredibly easy to make with just 4 ingredients and a crockpot. All you need to do is dump the ingredients into the slow cooker and let the low and slow heat do its magic.
This Slow Cooker White Chocolate Peanut Cluster recipe uses either almond bark or white chocolate melting disks, they’ll both work the same. They both taste just like white chocolate chips or squares. However, candy melts and almond bark are creamier and easier to melt without seizing up (getting hard and grainy). Plus candy disks are less expensive so this is a cheap candy to make!
Slow Cooker White Chocolate Candies are made with salted peanuts for the perfect sweet and salty balance. If you use unsalted peanuts, or another kind of unsalted nut, sprinkle the tops of each cluster with large sea salt crystals. Make these candies even sweeter by drizzling them with melted chocolate chips, Chocolate Ganache, or Salted Caramel Sauce before chilling.
Make cleanup for this slow cooker candy super easy by lining the slow cooker with parchment paper or use disposable plastic crockpot liners. These slow cooker liners can be found by the turkey roaster bags or aluminum foil. Another good prep tip is to place paper towels over the top of the slow cooker under the lid. The paper towels will collect any moisture and ensure smooth, shiny chocolate.
There are a few ways to shape your White Chocolate Peanut Candies. For even, uniform spoonfuls of candy mixture, use a cookie scoop or scoop into a mini muffin tin lined with paper liners. You could also pour out the white chocolate peanut candy onto parchment paper and break apart like you would a chocolate bark. Wrap your candies in festive cellophane bags tied with ribbon, for an easy edible gift or party favor.
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FAQs About Slow Cooker White Chocolate Candies
The white chocolate disks or melts are made with vegetable oil instead of cocoa butter. The vegetable oil is what makes the disks melt so nicely into perfect candy clusters.
Not everyone likes peanuts, and peanut allergies are pretty common, so if you want you can make these candies with different nuts. Use cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts, or Brazil nuts for a delicious homemade candy.
How to Make Slow Cooker White Chocolate Candies
- Prep: Add peanuts to the bottom of the slow cooker, then top with the melting disks.
- Cook: Cook on low for 1 hour. Stir the candy well, then continue to cook for another hour, stirring every 20 minutes.
- Finish and Shape: Right before forming your candy, add the vanilla extract and stir well. Then drop tablespoon-sized scoops onto baking sheets, keeping them 2-inches apart. Garnish right away with the sprinkles of your choice.
- Cool: Let them harden completely in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and then they are read to eat or store.
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How to Make Microwave White Chocolate Candies
- Melt the White Chocolate: Put the white chocolate disks in a large bowl, big enough to eventually stir in the nuts. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir. Continue to microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring and checking in between each interval.
- Vanilla and Nuts: Take the melted chocolate out of the microwave and stir in vanilla and peanuts.
- Shape: Drop tablespoon-sized clusters onto a baking sheet to cool. Add sprinkles or the decoration of your choice.
- Cool: Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool and harden.
Variations on Slow Cooker White Chocolate Candies
The opportunities here are endless. You can really personalize these Candies or create them to fit the theme of a party or Holiday. Decorate them with the color scheme that matches the day, or change up the flavor in a number of ways. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing for how to change up this recipe to fit your needs.
- Vanilla Rocky Road Candies: Make Rocky Road Candies with a white chocolate twist by swapping roasted chopped almonds for the peanuts. Scoop the chocolate mixture and let cool a few minutes before pressing mini marshmallows into the top of each mound.
- Tropical White Chocolate Candies: For fruity, tropical nut clusters fold in dried pineapple, coconut shreds, and macadamia nuts. Swap half vanilla extract with rum or almond extract.
- Peppermint Oreo Nut Candies: Add in crushed candy canes and crushed Oreo cookies for mixed nut candies that taste like reader favorite Peppermint Oreo Balls with a crunch.
- Caramel Pretzel Nut Candies: For a chewy, crispy nut cluster fold in chopped soft caramels and pretzel twists. Try with Homemade Caramels for an extra special treat!
- Funfetti Nut Candies: Fold in chopped vanilla wafers (for the vanilla cake) and large rainbow sprinkles for easy birthday party nut clusters. Drizzle with melted candy wafers in different colors.
- Valentine’s Day: Add pink or red food coloring, dried cherries, and add chopped cashews pieces for a beautiful and tasty homemade Valentine’s Candy. You could drizzle your clusters with melted pink or red candy afters or add festive sprinkles.
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Can Slow Cooker White Chocolate Candies be made ahead?
White Chocolate Candies do not need to be made fresh, so feel free to add them to your cooking schedule a couple of days ahead of when you’d like to serve them. This will be so helpful for hectic holidays, events, or parties when you have a really long to-do list. Just make them, cool them, seal them, and store them and your White Chocolate Clusters will be ready to serve in seconds.
How to Store Slow Cooker White Chocolate Candies
- Serve: Let Slow Cooker White Chocolate Candies cool for at least 2-3 hours at room temperature or 30 minutes in the refrigerator to harden fully before serving.
- Store: You can store your White Chocolate Nut Candies in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature. Keep nut clusters refrigerated for up to 1 month in an airtight container.
- Freeze: Once the chocolate is set, you can freeze White Chocolate Candies for up to 3 months in a freezer safe container. If stacking, place parchment paper between layers so they don’t stick. Thaw or enjoy candy clusters frozen.
- Add peanuts to the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Top with white chocolate melting disks.
- Cook on low for 1 hour.
- Stir well, then cook for another hour, stirring every 20 minutes.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Drop 1 tablespoon sized scoops onto baking sheets, 2 inches apart before garnishing with sprinkles.
- Let fully harden for 30 minutes in the refrigerator before eating or storing in covered containers for holiday gifts.