Learn how to make easy slow cooker chocolate candy with layers of nuts, chocolate chips, German chocolate and almond bark. Perfect holiday gift or party treat!
This sweet and salty candy comes together easily in the slow cooker with just a few ingredients – salted peanuts, German chocolate, chocolate chips, and almond bark which get layered in order and cooked for 3 hours on low without stirring.
Once melted together, the chocolate nut mixture is scooped with a cookie dough scoop into mini cupcake liners to cool and set up.
The important steps are layering the ingredients properly so nothing burns, fully cooking for the entire 3 hours, using a 2-tablespoon scoop for uniform sizing, and letting the candies cool and harden completely before serving.
Follow those guidelines, and in just 3 hours plus cooling time, you’ll have about 4 dozen decadent chocolate nut candies to gift or enjoy for the holidays.
Their combination of crispy peanuts and smooth chocolate is absolutely delicious and addicting!
Can I make this recipe in a regular oven or double boiler instead of a slow cooker?
Yes, you can. Simply combine all the ingredients in a heatproof bowl and place over a saucepan with 2 inches of simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth, about 15-20 minutes.
Does the order of the layers matter?
It’s best to stick to the order in the recipe – nuts, German chocolate, chocolate chips, almond bark. The almond bark should be the top layer as it melts the quickest.
Do I have to use mini cupcake liners or can I use something else?
You can use foil candy molds or even lightly greased mini muffin pans if you don’t have liners. The liners just make it easy to lift the finished candies out.
Should the candy completely firm up when cooled?
Yes, the candy should become completely hardened when cooled so it’s easy to transport and serve. If any pieces remain soft or sticky, they likely have not set up correctly and should be discarded.
How long does the finished candy keep for?
Properly stored in an airtight container at room temperature, the chocolate candy will stay fresh for up to 1 week. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
Slow Cooker Chocolate Turtles
Total Time: 3 hours prep & cook time
Yield: About 4 dozen pieces
- 2 pounds salted dry-roasted peanuts (907g)
- 2 cups (340g) semisweet chocolate chips
- 4 ounces (113g) German’s sweet chocolate, broken into squares
- 2-1/2 pounds (1,134g) white almond bark
- Mini cupcake liners for serving (about 4 dozen)
- Line a mini muffin pan with cupcake liners. You can use holiday themed liners or basic ones. Set aside.
- Add the salted peanuts to the bottom of a large slow cooker. Spread into an even layer.
- Top the peanuts with the German’s sweet chocolate squares in an even layer.
- Sprinkle the semi-sweet chocolate chips evenly over the German chocolate.
- Finally, add the white almond bark, covering the other layers.
- Cover and cook on low heat setting for 3 hours. Do not stir during cooking.
- After 3 hours, stir the melted candy until fully blended and smooth.
- Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to portion the candy into the prepared mini cupcake liners.
- Let cool completely before serving or storing. Candy will become firm as it cools.
- Arrange cooled candies on a serving tray. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
- Use foil mini cupcake liners to easily lift out the candies after cooling.
- The yield will depend on the liners used. Full-sized cupcake liners will make about 30-40 pieces.
- Feel free to use any combination of chocolate, nuts, and candies in the layers.
Enjoy this easy slow-cooker chocolate nut candy on its own or as a holiday gift or party treat!