It’s that time of year, where we need gifts for our friends, neighbors and Aunt Betty. What could be better than chocolate and yummy cashews? I adapted this from various recipes all using peanuts. I find peanuts inferior nuts compared to cashews so did a bit of changing, and it turned out great. This has been dubbed Trisha Yearwood’s crockpot candy, although remembering eating something similar a good 30 years ago (the only difference I remember is my mom poured it all onto wax paper), I figure we’ve all had some form of this throughout the years.
I hope you enjoy!
Crock-Pot Cashew Candy Clusters
24 Ounces of Dry Roasted Cashews
4 Ounces of Bakers German Chocolate Bar
12 Ounces of Chocolate Chips
2 Pounds of White Almond Bark
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Oblong Crock-pot 5 quart or larger
- First this recipe will be much easier to stir in an oblong crock that is 5 quarts or larger, smaller size makes it much harder to effectively stir.
- Spray Crock with Pam.
- Place the cashews (can also use peanuts if that is your preference), at the bottom of the crock.
- Next layer will be the Bakers German Chocolate Bar broken up and chocolate chips.
- On top is your layer of white almond bark, broken up in as small of pieces as you can.
- Place on low and for the first hour, stir every 15 minutes with a spatula/wooden spoon (if you have a warm feature on your crock you can place on warm for at least 3 hours and just let it melt as it won’t scorch before stirring).
- After the first hour, you will stir every 30 minutes, when it starts mixing really well but not quite all melted add the vanilla extract and stir in well.
- This can take 2-3 hours depending on how warm your crock gets.
- Unless you have one of the much older first generation crock-pots, skipping the stirring process will result in burnt cashews and chocolate.
- Don’t forget to stir!
- After it is mixed well and smooth, spoon out onto empty cupcake liners.
- We found the less thick clusters were easier to eat.
- Putting them in the fridge we also found they set up faster, if needed.
Don’t be shy if you want to change up the recipe. You could add pretzel bits, dry cereal, different nuts and you could even add marshmallows at the very end as your spooning it out.