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Crock Pot Peanut Clusters

Yes, ladies and gents, it’s that time of the year…time to rekindle those favorite family traditions the ones you remember from when your kids were younger.  No, I am not talking about tree decorating, ice skating and drinking hot chocolate in front of a fireplace, although that’s fun too!  I’m talking about eating foods that you know you shouldn’t and blaming it on the holidays!

The first week of December when the boys were younger, we would spend hours in the kitchen baking cookies, brownies and making Gingerbread Houses, but our my all time favorite sweet treat was Crock Pot Peanut Clusters.

Malik, our youngest is away at college and Tayair who is working no longer have an interest in spending time in the kitchen baking, so it’s just me and the Crock Pot.

You may remember when I first posted this recipe on my blog, I had made a few batches of  these Slow Cooked Peanut Clusters to give to the nurses at the Helen Graham Cancer Center when hubby was undergoing chemo.

Crock Pot Peanut Clusters make great gifts

Crock Pot Peanut Clusters make great gifts

Very simple to make with just a few ingredients, these Crock Pot Peanut Clusters make great gifts for anyone on your “Secret Santa” list, a co-worker, teacher or the next door neighbor.

Ingredients – Yields 2 dozen

16 oz  Jar Unsalted Dry Roasted Peanuts

11.5 oz package of Milk Chocolate Chips

Cooking Spray

Crock Pot Peanut Cluster ingredients

Peanuts and Chocolate Chips


Crock Pot Peanut Clusters are an easy breezy treat for anytime of the year but because it takes less than 2 hours to make you can get some holiday decorations done while they slow cook.

For easier cleanup, first coat the inside of the Crock Pot with a Butter Cooking Spray.

easy cleanup with cooking spray


Pour in half the jar of peanuts followed by half a bag of chocolate chips.

Pour in the remaining peanuts and chips

Cover and cook on low for 1 hour, however, depending on the style Crock Pot you may need to add more time but check it after the first hour to ensure the chocolate is not burning.

Pour in peanuts and chocolate chips


Once the chocolate has softened, use a wooden spoon to stir, thoroughly mixing in the peanuts.

mix peanuts and chocolate

Use a large spoon or an Ice Cream scoop to dollop out medium size clusters onto a non-stick baking sheet or a platter covered with Parchment Paper.

use non-stick pan

Put Peanut Clusters into the refrigerator for an hour allowing them to to harden.

chill peanut clusters in in refrigerator

Remove and package in a resealable bags or containers to be given as gifts or as tasty treats for the family.

Crock Pot Peanut Clusters


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Crock Pot Chocolate Covered Nuts

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Holidays and sweet treats go hand in hand just as a Crock Pots and easy breezy cooking does. When family and friends gather together for potlucks and parties it should be stress-free and fun.  So here’s a quick and easy sweet treat that you can make using Planters Winter Spice Mix and chocolate chips for your next holiday gathering. Crock Pot Chocolate Covered Nuts for #collectivebias #GoNutsForNuts #shop

CrockPot Chocolate Covered Nuts 5

Head over to your local Walmart and look for the Planters #GoNutsForNuts holiday Sleigh Display, I found mine near the dairy case. Then grab a couple bags of chocolate chips. 

Planters Peanuts display in Walmart


Mr Peanut display


With this recipe you’ll only need two ingredients, Planters Winter Spiced Mix Nuts and 2 bags of chocolate chips, I chose to mix dark and white chips, and you can use any seasonal Planters nut item but I like the variety of the Winter Spiced Mix because it includes Honey Roasted Peanuts, Almonds, Honey Roasted Sesame Sticks , Cashews and Pecans.

Planters Mixed Nuts and Chocolate and White Chips


Pour peanuts into slow cooker

Layer chocolate chips over the peanuts

Pour another layer of peanuts over the chips

Layer white chips over the peanuts  

Top with remaining nuts

Layer Planters Nuts and Chips


Cook on low for 2 hours before stirring to mix evenly.  Line baking pans or trays with parchment or wax paper. Scoop out spoonfuls of the peanut mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. Place in refrigerator until the candies harden, cover and then store in a cool place.

Stir and then scoop out nuts and chocolate

This is such an easy recipe that it will give you an opportunity to do other things around the house while it’s cooking .  So have fun and use your Smartphone to download the Blippar app and scan the can of Planter’s Peanuts. blippar app

Once you scan (or blip) any of the Planter’s seasonal nut items a mobile site will populate and provide a menu bar with the following choices:

Blippar selfie with Mr. Peanut


Take A Selfie with Mr. Peanut

Browse a list of seasonal Planter’s holiday gift tips and recipes

There is also a tab that gives you some interesting facts about Mr. Peanut. Did you know that he was “born” in 1916 and is a Virgo just like me, another reason to love this cool dude!

me and mr peanut

If you need more inspiration, check out the Cooking Up Good website. They have recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What’s not to love? If you’re looking for a new dinner idea or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out!

Christmas Gift of Crock Pot Covered Chocolate

Happy Holidays!

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!