Whether you’re hanging it on your tree or simply giving yourself a holiday treat, there’s something really special about letting yourself enjoy a Christmas dessert candy-style. We don’t just mean eternal favorites like fudge or peppermint bark, either; we mean honest-to-goodness chocolate candy. Homemade chocolate candy— in your slow cooker.

Yes friends, you read that correctly. We’re making Crock-Pot Candy! These delectable chocolate-and-nut clusters become one of the easiest things in the world to make when you get that trusty appliance involved, and the final results definitely won’t last the 12 days of Christmas. Let us show you what we mean, then keep reading for the full recipe so you can make some before Santa arrives!

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Crock-Pot Candy

Makes 36 pieces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes


  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil or canola oil (optional)
  • 3 cups dry roasted unsalted peanuts or mixed nuts
  • Flaky sea salt, for garnish (optional)
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  1. Line 2 or 3 baking sheets with parchment paper or wax paper.
  2. Add the dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, coconut oil and peanuts to the slow cooker, and stir to combine.
  3. Heat on low for 1 hour without touching. Be sure to avoid stirring the mixture or taking the lid off of the slow cooker.
  4. After 1 hour, stir to combine. If needed, allow the mixture to cook longer – stirring ever 10 minutes – until all of the chocolate is melted completely.
  5. Drop tablespoonfuls of the chocolate mixture onto the lined baking sheets. Top with the flaky sea salt, if using. Allow to cool for 2 hours, or until completely set.

Chef’s Tips

  • If desired, you can use part or all bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips in place of part or all of the dark chocolate chips.
  • The coconut or canola oil is not required, BUT using it will help the chocolate candy flow better and maintain its shine.
  • If desired, you can use part salted roasted nuts in place of the unsalted roasted nuts.
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Yum! How simple is this recipe, and how totally delicious do these little chocolate candy morsels look? Making it in the slow cooker allows you to melt the different types of chocolate chips together so easily, combining them into the ultimate chocolate mixture, and it also really allows that melted chocolate and the nuts to be incorporated so well without you having to worry about the heated chocolate hardening back up too quickly. SO great!

And the BEST thing about it all? You don’t have to take our word for it! Nope, you can try this recipe yourself TODAY, and since it’s so easy, you can start making it your own right away, too. So tell us— how would you make this recipe your own? Would you make any of the recommend swaps for different kinds of chips or different kinds of nuts? Tell us what you do when you give it a try, and don’t forget to let us know how your Crock-Pot Candy comes out!