Three ingredient White Chocolate Crockpot Candy is one of the easiest desserts you can make! All you need are some peanuts, white candy melts, and colorful sprinkles for whichever occasion you’re celebrating.
White Chocolate Peanut Clusters
White chocolate crockpot candy, sometimes known as haystacks or peanut clusters is an easy no-bake, delicious treat that combines the light saltiness of crunchy peanuts with the sweetness of creamy white chocolate into one addicting piece of candy finished with adorable sprinkles!
They’re part candy clusters, part cookie, and completely delicious!
This slow cooker candy is made completely in the crockpot with just minutes of prep time, which makes this simple recipe one of the best sweet treats you can easily make.
Once the candy is set, they package nicely and make great gifts, especially around the holiday season.
You’ll love how easy they are to customize for any occasion. Add rainbow sprinkles for a birthday party, and pink and red for Valentine’s day. Use orange and black like these Halloween haystacks, and green and red for Christmas as I use in these crockpot peanut clusters!
You can even add some food coloring to the melted chocolate if you like.
Plus, using your slow cooker means there’s plenty of room in the oven to whip up some freshly baked cookies while you wait.
Why you’ll love White Chocolate Crockpot Candy
Easy Recipe – With just a few simple ingredients that you may already have you can impress your guests and loved ones with homemade candy!
Huge batch – This recipe yields about 25 pieces of candy! Enough for a one-for-you, three-for-me situation 😉
Perfect Treat – There’s really nothing to this recipe, so even the kids can help out. They’ll love dumping all the ingredients in, and of course, adding their flare with the addition of sprinkles on top.
Budget-friendly – All the ingredients are cost-effective. It’s also worth buying in bulk. The white chocolate candy bark has a long shelf life and there are limitless ways to use peanuts.
Equipment you’ll need
- Slow Cooker – This is the slow cooker I use and recommend.
- Cookie Scoops – I find it really easy to portion out the candies with a cookie scoop. I use a tablespoon cookie scoop for these but use whichever size you like, making more or less depending on size.
- Baking Sheets – I like to use a lipped baking sheet so the sprinkles are contained.
- Sprinkles – HomeGoods and TJ Maxx/Marshalls always have excellent holiday sprinkles options but you can also order them or pick some up at the market or craft store.
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
- Dry Roasted Peanuts – These are my preference because they give you a little extra nutty crunchiness and aren’t too heavy on the salt. A slightly sweet and salty combination. You can use salted peanuts if you really want to, or unsalted peanuts.
- White Candy Bark – Similar to candy melts, in the form of a bar. Also known as white almond bark. No need to temper this kind of “chocolate” because it’s not actually chocolate at all. It melts easily, tastes great, and is simple to work with. You can use a combination of bark, candy melts, and even white chocolate chips for flavor if preferred. You’ll find it in the baking aisle of your market (or Target/Walmart).
- Sprinkles – These can be whatever you want them to be. Base it on what’s in your cupboard or what occasion you’re celebrating. It’s up to you!
How to make White Chocolate Crockpot Candy
- Step One: Add the peanuts and white chocolate candy coating into the basin of your slow cooker. If your bark is large, feel free to break it apart into pieces.
- Step Two: Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, until the white chocolate candy has completely melted. You will need to stay close enough to stir every 30 minutes or so, just to keep an eye that nothing is burning.
- Step Three: Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper and once the timer goes off, stir the mixture to make sure all of the peanuts are nicely coated.
- Step Four: Use a cookie scoop or spoon to scoop out the clusters and place them onto the prepared baking sheet. Immediately add sprinkles before the candy sets. Cool them for 10 minutes and then dive in!
What to serve with this crockpot candy recipe
Have an assortment of no bake cookies to go along with your crockpot chocolate candy! No bake praline cookies, no bake avalanche cookies, or no bake reindeer poop cookies are an easy and fun addition to any dessert tray!
I always like to have a little something to sip on. If I have some homemade hot cocoa mix on hand, I’ll whip some up for the kids.
Or if I have made my desserts ahead and my slow cooker is free I might do slow cooker hot chocolate without a powder mix.
For something a little different you could try cranberry orange cider.
If you’d like to indulge, I highly recommend sipping on a cranberry prosecco spritzer while you nibble on some white chocolate crockpot candy!
Tips & Suggestions
- Turn them into traditional haystacks by tossing in some pretzels or crunchy chow mein noodles with the peanuts.
- Swap the peanuts for a different nut or mixed nuts. Cashews, pecans, macadamia nuts, almonds, or walnuts would be great.
- Add a bit of extra flavor and texture by mixing in coconut flakes or using butterscotch chips.
- Use dark or milk chocolate instead of the white.
- To gift these yummy treats, wrap a few in cellophane and tie it with a festive ribbon.
- Add a drop or two (or more depending on the vibrancy you’re looking for) or gel or liquid food coloring to the mix as it’s melting.
How to store them
How to store leftovers
White chocolate crockpot candy can be left at room temperature as long as they are covered. They’ll stay fresh for up to 10 days.
How long will crockpot candy last in the fridge?
Also for about 10 days. They’ll be harder to bite into straight out of the fridge, so bring them to room temperature a bit first.
Can I freeze them?
Yes! White chocolate peanut clusters freeze very well. Make sure they are completely set first before transferring them to a freezer bag. You can layer them with parchment paper if you want, but if they’re set properly, they shouldn’t stick together once frozen. Keep them in the freezer for up to 2 months.
How many pieces does this make?
This will depend on the size of scoop you’re using. If you use a medium cookie scoop as I do, you’ll get about 25 clusters of candy.
Can I double this recipe?
Yes, and triple it too. It’s a good thing too because these never last long over here!
Do I have to make these in the slow cooker?
Not at all. A couple of quicker methods would be to use the stovetop or microwave.
Melt candy bark in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently until melted. Remove it from the heat and stir in the peanuts. Continue with the recipe as written.
In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt candy bark for 30-second increments, stirring in between each, until smooth. Once fully melted, stir in the peanuts, making sure they’re evenly coated. Then, continue with the recipe as written.
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