Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Candy in your slow cooker? Absolutely!  And it is sooo good and easy.

1 jar (16-oz) dry-roasted peanuts
1 can (9 3/4-oz) salted whole cashews
2 cups pecan pieces
18 (2-oz each) squares of chocolate bark candy coating, cut each in half
1 pkg (12-oz) semisweet chocolate chips
4 (1-oz each) squares bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces
1 tbsp shortening
1 tsp vanilla

In a 5-quart slow cooker or crockpot, combine the peanuts, cashews, pecan pieces, chocolate bark, chocolate chips, bittersweet chocolate, and shortening; cover and cook on low setting for 2 hours or until chocolate is melted. 

Stir chocolate and nuts together well and then stir in the vanilla blending well.

Drop the candy by heaping teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper.  Allow to stand for a couple of hours or until set and firm.  Once completely cooled and firm, candy may be stored in an airtight container.  This candy makes an excellent gift place in cellophane bags and tied with a pretty ribbon suited to the occasion.

Yield: 6 dozen candy nut clusters

Note: I got this recipe several years ago from Southern Living.

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