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Crockpot Candy Clusters

Crockpot Candy Clusters

Tis the Season! Another Christmas is upon us and the most wonderful—and busiest—time of the year is here. I know this time of year can be overwhelming. We have to allow ourselves to slow down, to enjoy the season, and to remember the reason for the season.

As the years go by, it sometimes seems to become harder to just relax and enjoy this time and to reflect on what we should be celebrating—and that is the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. We can become too wrapped up in the activities, gifts, entertaining, etc.

I encourage you in this last few days before Christmas to take time to remember what the season is about, and to enjoy your family and the loved ones around you. Slow down and savor those precious moments.

If you’re like me, I like to give small gifts (we call them “happys”) to neighbors and friends. I have a simple treat you can make and it is so delicious. I make several batches of this recipe every year.

You won’t believe this wonderful, delicious candy treat is made in your crockpot. So slow down a bit, gather your family around, and let the kids help you dump some ingredients in the crockpot.

Check back three hours later and you will be amazed at this treat. Adults will need to drop these on the parchment paper because they are hot. After allowing these to set up, the fun begins as you all package them for friends and neighbors. This is a great time for the children to get involved.

There are so many cute ways to package these. You can use cellophane bags, plastic cups, Christmas containers, and so on. The dollar stores are great places to find packaging ideas. So get those creative juices going and get those children involved in the gift-giving!

Remember to celebrate the family table! Merry Christmas to all of you.

CROCK-POT CANDY CLUSTERS

36 ounces salted dry roasted peanuts

1 package (4 ounces) German sweet chocolate

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 ½ pounds white almond bark

Place peanuts in the bottom of a crockpot. Layer the chocolate over the peanuts, beginning with the sweet chocolate, followed by the chocolate chips, and then the almond bark. Set the temperature to low and cook for 3 hours. Do not stir the mixture.

After 3 hours, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth. Drop the candy with a spoon on parchment paper. Allow the candy to cool completely until the chocolate is set.  Package the clusters to give away or store them in an airtight container.

By: Debbie Greenhill

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