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Crock Pot Bark with Salted Peanuts

Super easy, 4-ingredient Crock Pot Bark with Salted Peanuts. This makes a great gift for those who love that sweet and salty combo!

Crock Pot Bark with Salted Peanuts makes a great homemade holiday gift. That salty-sweet combo is irresistible! Recipe from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com | crock pot candy recipe | slow cooker recipes | homemade candy | easy candy recipes | homemade candy without a thermometer | nut clusters | #candy #glutenfree #crockpot #slowcooker #chocolate #easyrecipes #Christmas #dessert

Be sure to enter the 2017 Christmas giveaway at the end of the post. One winner will receive their choice of a $75 gift card to Williams Sonoma or Amazon!

Crock Pot Bark

You guys have probably seen quite a few recipes for crock pot candy and this is technically another one. However, instead of making individual candies, I went the lazy route and turned it into a bark.

Yes it’s true, I didn’t feel like spooning 30+ pieces of candy into tiny paper liners or onto wax paper. I know, whatever. Adulting can be hard and I may or may not like to take shortcuts 😉😂 But you know what? Short cuts this time of year are always welcome, especially if it doesn’t have any effect on taste!

I first started making this bark 2 Christmas’s ago when I wanted to try Fake Ginger’s Crock Pot Candy recipe. Except I didn’t have the ingredients I needed and I didn’t want to run out to the store and get them.

You guys, I’m sensing a theme here and it’s not making me look good. I swear I’m a hard worker and not as lazy as this post is making me sound 😬😂

Any-who… I still wanted to make this so I used what I had on hand which was a hodge-podge mashup of almond bark, chocolate chips, and SALTED peanuts. Most recipes call for unsalted but whatever. I went with it and I’m so glad I did.

Crock Pot Bark with Salted Peanuts makes a great homemade holiday gift. That salty-sweet combo is irresistible! Recipe from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com | crock pot candy recipe | slow cooker recipes | homemade candy | easy candy recipes | homemade candy without a thermometer | nut clusters | #candy #glutenfree #crockpot #slowcooker #chocolate #easyrecipes #Christmas #dessert

The combination of chocolate is really good but honestly you can throw a lot of different chocolates together and you’d probably still get good results. Just don’t use unsweetened – that would be BAD!

It’s the salted peanuts here that really make this crock pot bark stand out. I am a sucker for that salty sweet combo so this easy candy just speaks to me. I have a really hard time packaging it up and sending it away for others to enjoy. But tis the season and I can literally make this any time I want (or any time I have enough of the ingredients on hand).

I’m a BIG fan of bark because it’s so easy to make. Melted chocolate + toppings = a no-bake dessert that’s hard to mess up. If you’re looking for other ideas, try my Candy Cane Bark or Ina Garten’s French Chocolate Bark. Both are perfect for holiday gifts!

I’m sure you’ll love this version of crock pot bark with salted peanuts as much as I do – especially if you love salty sweet foods. You’re in for a treat!

And if you’re feeling a little bit more ambitious than I usually am, you can make this in pretty little festive mini cupcake liners. I also sometimes sprinkle the top with some festive red, white, and green gluten free sprinkles for an extra bit of fun. Either way you make them, enjoy!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post! One winner will get to choose from a $75 Williams Sonoma gift card or a $75 Amazon eGift card. Good luck! And be sure to check out all of the other blogs listed below, they’re all hosting their own giveaways and recipes for a virtual gluten free cookie exchange!

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Crock Pot Bark with Salted Peanuts makes a great homemade holiday gift. That salty-sweet combo is irresistible! Recipe from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com | crock pot candy recipe | slow cooker recipes | homemade candy | easy candy recipes | homemade candy without a thermometer | nut clusters | #candy #glutenfree #crockpot #slowcooker #chocolate #easyrecipes #Christmas #dessert

Crock Pot Bark with Salted Peanuts

5 from 23 ratings
Super easy, 4-ingredient Crock Pot Bark with Salted Peanuts. This makes a great gift for those who love that sweet and salty combo! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 36
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound 16 oz. lightly salted peanuts
  • 10 oz. bag dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet
  • 3/4 4.6 oz cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 pound 16 oz. vanilla almond bark (can sub white chocolate chips)

Instructions

  • Add the peanuts to your slow cooker bowl and spread evenly over the bottom. Top with the dark chocolate chips and white chocolate chips.
  • Break up the almond bark and place on top. Cover and cook on low for 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours (SEE NOTES ON COOKING TIME).
  • When done, line a large baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper. Stir the candy until completely combined and then transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Spread it in an even layer across the pan.
  • Let sit at room temperature to harden or place it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Break or cut into about 36 pieces.

Notes

  • If desired, this can also be made in mini muffin tins lined with paper wrappers for a prettier presentation.
  • Store at room temperature in an air-tight contain or refrigerate. This bark can be frozen.
  • If your Crock Pot / Slow Cooker runs HOT, you may need to decrease the cooking time. If yours runs on the slower end of cooking times, you may need to cook this up to 2 1/2 hours. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 189kcal | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 63mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g

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Crock Pot Bark with Salted Peanuts makes a great homemade holiday gift. That salty-sweet combo is irresistible! Recipe from @whattheforkblog | whattheforkfoodblog.com | crock pot candy recipe | slow cooker recipes | homemade candy | easy candy recipes | homemade candy without a thermometer | nut clusters | #candy #glutenfree #crockpot #slowcooker #chocolate #easyrecipes #Christmas #dessert

2017 Christmas Giveaway

I’ve joined a bunch of my gluten-free food blogger friends for a Virtual Gluten-free Cookie Exchange.

Check out all 12 recipes in our virtual gluten-free cookie exchange, listed in the order they appear in the photo, left to right, row by row:

Gluten-free Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies by My Gluten-Free Kitchen

Gluten-free Gingerbread Kiss Cookies by Gluten Free Palate

Snowball Cookies by Allergylicious

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Mint Cookies by Meaningful Eats

Cinnamon Stars by Life After Wheat

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies in Jar by This Vivacious Life

Candy Cane Cookies by gfJules

Coffee Flour Cookies by Flippin’ Delicious

Snickerdoodle Cookies by Veggie Balance

Lemon Cranberry Cookies by Vegetarian Mamma

Gluten Free Vegan Raspberry Pinwheel Cookies by Sarah Bakes Gluten Free

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  1. It just does not get easier than this…and I thank you for that! this is such a fun recipe to put together, my kids will love this

  2. Lori Pouncey says:

    Hey Sharon, quick question?
    I’m in the lricess of making the bark (thank you for a great gift recipe)
    If I use the muffin tins do I poor the candy mixture into the papers in the tins then let set?
    I mean that sees so common sense lol but you never know haha
    I thought I better ask lol
    Thank you in advance😍

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Lori – yes, that’s the easiest way to do it so the liners keep their shape! If you’re using silicon liners, you could probably just place them on a sheet pan since they hold up on their own πŸ™‚

      • Lori Pouncey says:

        Got it and they came out beautiful.
        I made a double batch as I have two crock pots and man what a great gift idea. Thank you, I owe you a ton lol
        Life saver 😍
        Merry Christmas 😍

  3. Beverly says:

    So I made this tonight just as written and all I have is a hot mess!! Walked into the kitchen after 2 hours and smelled something burning, yep, chocolate!! I’d send you a picture but it would be awful. My mixture, looks dry, not shiny at all. I think it needs cream or something, and it tastes a little burned. Anyway my advice would be, do it on the stove top, not the slow cooker since the temperature on those may vary. Good luck!!

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Beverly, it sounds like your slow cooker might run on the hot side – so sorry it didn’t work out for you! I’ve updated the notes to reflect cooking times depending on how “hot” or “slow” Crock Pots cook πŸ™‚

  4. Wiley says:

    Highly addictive. About to make a double batch for gifts. Thank you for the recipe!

  5. Lori Pouncey says:

    Oh wow this is soooooo awesome! This recipe is so what I was lookomg for to make for skme peeps for Christmas gifts. Then I saw the giveaway, double win 😍
    Woohoo thank you so much for the super easy recipe and fabulous chance to win 😍. Merry Christmas πŸŽ„ Good luck and God Bless to everyone. This is so exciting 😍
    Triple win because I love your blog and page!

  6. Megan says:

    How nice to free up your oven in case you’ve already got cookies or other goodies for a goodie plate going on.

  7. Audrey says:

    I never thought to make candy in the crock pot. What a brilliant idea! Looks delicious.

  8. How cool is this, I never would have thought to make bark in a crock pot!

  9. I am all about easy holiday treats! This bark needs to happen soon!

  10. Amanda says:

    The virtual cookie exchange is such a fun idea. And the concept of making candy in the crockpot is outstanding . I have the perfect Christmas paper liners for this!

  11. Michelle says:

    I am all for a little laziness, especially this time of year! And hey, it leads to amazing creations like this so it can’t be bad!

    I love the sweet and salty combo so much and this just looks amazing!

  12. Jereann Zann says:

    I love the sweet and salty combo too! Adding this to our must make list over the holiday break.

  13. Leslie says:

    Using the crock pot is genius. It frees up the stove and oven for more goodies!

  14. Abeer says:

    Yummy! Perfect treat for winter holidays!

  15. Catalina says:

    What a great idea! Sounds like something my family would like!

  16. Celeste Noland says:

    I looooooove easy recipes! These look absolutely divine.

  17. Kortney says:

    A holiday dessert buffet/cookie table is incomplete without some bark! This is a fun change to candy canes, I bet my dad would love this with soybeans instead of peanuts.

  18. Erin Dee says:

    This is such an easy homemade gift for the holidays!

  19. Jen says:

    I’m all for the sweet/salty combo!! Bonus that it’s made in a crock pot!!

  20. This seems so foolproof! It’s easy to be tempted to use the microwave, but this prevents scorching and is simpler.

  21. Kristina says:

    I am super intrigued by the crock pot cooking – I have made MANY a bark, but never in the crock pot! love it!

  22. Kristen says:

    This looks so easy & delicious! I’ll have to try!

  23. Wiley says:

    Turned out very yummy and was so quick and simple. I love that it’s something my little kids can do. They love being able to “cook”. Thanks for the recipe! Going to make again soon with salted cashews.

  24. Wiley says:

    I talked my 4 and 7 year old kids into putting the ingredients in the crockpot. Of course they had to sample each chocolate. 😊

  25. Jennifer says:

    What a clever way to make a holiday treat!

  26. No judgement here! I love easy baking and this sounds like an amazing way to simplify holiday cookie making. Looks delicious too!