Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Chocolate Peanut Clusters! YUM!

I know, I know...I've slacked off with my December Photo Project. The truth is, I just didn't have any pictures that I thought were really interesting. They weren't "blog worthy". But, today's pictures will make up for the last few days! These are definitely "blog worthy".

Have I told you about my new BFF? It's the Crock Pot Lady. She doesn't know that she's my new BFF, but she is. If I knew where she lived, I might stalk her. I am a crock pot junkie and I'll be sad when she stops posting every day. Anyway, Roger has a party at the office this afternoon, so I thought I'd make a little "something something" to send to the shin-dig. I decided to try Crock Pot Peanut Clusters. They are sooooo easy. Here's how I made them.
Crock Pot Peanut Clusters

-- 3 16 oz. jars/cans of peanuts (I used "Party Peanuts" and the Crock Pot Lady says to used "lightly salted" peanuts -- I'll address this in a moment
-- 24 oz. milk chocolate chips
-- 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
-- 8 oz. unsweetened chocolate

Put it all in the CP (I used a 6 quart size) and cook on high for 1 1/2 hours, or low for 3 hours. Here's what it looked like...

It doesn't look much different after it's cooked than it does when you dump it all in. Don't be fooled though... and don't open the lid "just to make sure it's working". It really is melty gooey...

After it's cooked, you can mix it all up with a wooden spoon. You'll have to put a little muscle into it...
Then, I took one of those ice cream scoopers that is really for melon balls and I scooped out little lumps on to waxed paper.

Let them harden for quite a while...like, over night. Or, you can put them in the freezer to harden them quickly. If you don't let them harden nicely, they are really messy...

Here's what I discovered: The "party peanuts" are salty. I don't really care for a lot of salt on things, but I love the peanut clusters. Perhaps the combo of sweet and salty makes it OK for me. Now, here's the greater discovery... my kids were not crazy about this. They thought it was too salty! WHAT! So, if you're looking for a yummy candy to make that you won't have to share with the kids, this is what you've been waiting for!!
I made them a little bigger than I should have... I ended up with 113, some of them big. Here they all are on my kitchen island...they look like little soldiers all lined up, waiting to be eaten! Yum!


Jerri Dalrymple said...

Those look SUPER yummy! I'm not a salty nut fan, but I might just have to try those! Mmmmm..... I hope the people at the clinic really appreciate all that hard work your crockpot put in! :0)

BTW: I love crockpot lady, too!

Shan said...

Oooh that is a gorgeous display of chocolate nuttiness there! The office surely appreciated your contribution ;). I'm going to have to check out the Crock Pot lady because most of my ambition about dinner is at mid- morning!

Crockpot Lady said...

oooh, I could use a new friend! Mine all think I'm nuts. :-)

thank you for your write-up, Trish, and your sweet words. have a very Merry Christmas and New Year.

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

(and that last picture is my favorite!)

andrea said...

yum! yum! now that's a crockpot ditty i'll use!