Melting Chocolate… in the crock-pot!

Oh yes, its gloriously possible!

Melted chocolate… in the crock-pot! Let’s do this!

chocolate peppermint birds nest candy in crockpot
If you’ve ever tried melting chocolate in a double broiler or even in the microwave, you’ve probably experienced a burning incident or ten two.  Seriously, it seems like if you even look away for a split second while melting and stirring, you can kiss your lush white or dark chocolate goodbye.  So naturally, when I read this tip on, I about fell out of my chair!  I couldn’t resist testing it out and seeing if I could indeed toss chocolate in my crock pot, walk away, and return 2 hours later to hot, melty amazingness.

Chocolate Peppermint Birds’ Nests

Whats in it?
8oz of dark chocolate melts [Merckens brand rocks!]
8oz of unsalted, dry roasted peanuts
a handful of raw, unsalted almonds
a handful of lightly salted pretzel rods
crushed candy cane

I ran out of PB filled pretzels making my white chocolate snack mix but by all means, hunt some down and add them to the mix too!  I’ve already added them to my grocery list.  Possibly for the next 5 lists.  Just sayin.

melting chocolate in the crockpot

Toss it in your crock pot!

Add everything but the candy cane into your slow cooker and turn the heat to low.  Pop in a movie, fix yourself dinner or go for a run, and in an hour or so you’ll have a melty crockpot full of candy.  Stir to incorporate and add spoonfuls onto parchment paper to cool + harden.  Sprinkle crushed candy cane on top and leave them out for santa with a glass of milk or gift them to your friends!

Have you heard of this trick before?  If so… why didn’t you tell me!!? 

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  • Wynne

    I made a recipe that said it only took 45 minutes to melt the chocolate chips in the slow cooker. The recipe turned out ok but the melted chocolate was hard to work with. It seemed kind of lumpy and grainy.

  • Tina Murray

    Do you grease your crockpot when making candy

    • Hi Tina! I don’t grease the crockpot for this recipe. I checked with one of my blog buddies who makes crockpot chocolate peanut clusters and she doesn’t grease hers either. Hope this helps! xo

  • um hello!! that’s a dream come true! let’s make this a reality! hehe =) and then eat lots of veggies after <3

  • [email protected] Eat. Drink. Love.

    Love that you made this with the crockpot!!!

  • I am falling out of my chair right now. Great, Marvelous, Fantastic idea!  I think I could go a bit overboard with this though and have the Crock Pot plugged in next me as I dip away. It is like a personalized chocolate fountain.  

  • I am so game! this would be one of my dream dinner dates! <3 Merry early Christmas darling!!!!

  • bahahaha I made a mess when I first got into candy making too! Its normal =) The more you practice the more you get it streamlined into a splatter-less affair – promise! Hope they were a huge hit!!! Come over anytime and we’ll wreck my kitchen! <3

  • ooooh you picked good ones!!!! I didn’t ask for anything this year so i’m expecting a bunch of pointless gifts I begged ppl not to buy me! lol =) Next year i’m putting together a pinterest board and unleasing the fam on it =) Hope you have a merry christmas!!!!

  • I have a cheapo one that my mom got for me back when I was in high school and it is pretty glorious =) Its lasted years and years without fail!

    I need a good crockpot bean recipe~! esp if its vegan!!! =)

  • no more burnt chocolate for us! HOORAY! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season Sara!!!! <3 love ya!

  • join!!! =) Its how I keep tabs on all the tips and recipes I want to remember =) LOVE it!

  • Same cleanup as with any crockpot meal! Hot soapy water works best on rinsing the chocolate from it. I just filled mine with hot water and dawn, popped on the lid and set it inside the sink, and then dealt with it the following morning =) it cleaned up perfectly with no scrubbing =)

    Merry Christmas doll! MWAH!

  • How have I not heard about this before??  I LOVE my crockpot!  I don’t know why I never thought of melting chocolate in it!  Is it difficult to clean after?  Or is it no worse than any other crockpot meal?  Thanks for the idea, girl! 🙂

  • Elina (Healthy and Sane)

    Genius! I need to try this 🙂

  • Oh wowww that is suchhhh a smart idea!  But it’s still so simple.  Now, why did I not think of it before?  haha, so funny when that happens~

  • itzyskitchen

    This is brilliant! Totally trying it. <3

  • Stephanie

    OK, I tried to make your AWESOME GORGEOUS cookie cutter chocolate treats.  And – while the end result was pretty awesome and gorgeous – I made SUCH a mess.  It was a disaster.  I had chocolate everywhere, candy canes stuck in my hair…honestly, I need you to come give me lessons.  Ha!

  • Mmm. So delicious and so easy!!! I might try this for Christmas dessert if I remember. I forget things easily!!!

  • Ann Chiappetta

    Thanks for the Tip.  Making the last of Christmas Goodies today so I will definitely try.

  • I’ve burned chocolate in the microwave 4327842 times. And guess how many times I’ve used my crock pot? 0 times. Haha. Think of all the poor chocolate that went to waste! So sad. But thanks to you, no longer.  Love this idea!! xoxo

  • Yosefa R. Huber

    My friend’s family has something special every night of Chanukah.  She said this year they will do fondue one night.  I will have to share this with her!  I am hoping to buy a crock pot this week so maybe I will right a post with this and other slow cooker posts I’ve read recently, like Happy Herbivore’s beans.

  • I’ve never heard of this but it’s brilliant! 
    I’m getting a Crockpot for Christmas and I cannot wait. I have an entire list of things that I’m preparing to make with it. Between that, the juicer, and the food processor that I’m getting- I’m going to be in kitchen heaven! (Obviously I picked out the majority of my presents! lol)

  • Viviane Bauquet Farre

    Wonderful! I love seeing all of the chocolate treats people concoct this time of year and these are great. Perfect for making festive desserts!

  • I really do need a smaller crockpot for this kind of thing. God knows I’m always holding my breath when it comes to melting chocolate. A few mishaps have happened in recent years…

  • I have a mini crock pot (the size you get free when you buy a big one) that some lame relative gave us as a wedding gift.  But it may be perfect for chocolate melting.

  • Mattie @ Comfy & Confident

    Brilliant! What a fabulous idea! I have been trying to find an easy DIY present I can easily wrap and give to friends and family as a small gift. This is perfect. Consider it done. 

  • The more I use my crock pot, the more I realize it is an amazing piece of equipment!!  This is great, Jenn!

  • Baker Street

    What a brilliant idea! 

  • Alexa

    Genius! I’ll have to try this!

  • Whaaaaaa?! This is amazing. Doing it now. Consider it done.

  • Yummy yummy yummy. Kind of love my crockpot, so super excited to try this one

  • Stuftmama

    Um… I’ve never heard of that trick before, but you just made my night AGAIN! I’m so doing this. You are my hero. The boys and I will be over ASAP with our crockpot and some wine ( we’ll have an hour or so to drink it while we’re waiting for the candy, right). 🙂 love ya!

  • First of all… this looks amazing! Second, I am equally blown away by this magical chocolate melting crock-pot-ery. Can’t wait to experiment with this!!

  • My crock pot envy grows by the minute.  Grrr…

  • christinaorso

    this is making me emotional. chocolate, nuts, salty pretzels, and mint?! OMG

  • What a fantastic idea!!!!!  I ‘m all over this one! 

  • Ami @ parsnips and pears

    ahhh why has nobody told me this trick before????!!!!  I LOVE the crock pot!

  • I guess it wasn’t a ferret. haha! I like this idea much better 😉

  • YUM!!  And I have those Crock Pot liners that keep your CP all nice and clean…so making these.

  • Wow!  So THAT’S what you put in your crock pot!  It’s amazing!  

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