Once You Try This Ridiculously Easy And Delicious Method, Youíll Never Go Back
Iím a fan of dessert. A server once told me when I declined dessert after my meal (only because I was full and for no other reason!) that some people actually order dessert first, as their appetizer. I thought this was such a clever way to make sure I get to eat dessert before I fill-up from a meal. I donít eat out often, though, which means Iím forced to bake my own desserts. Some dessert recipes are just so ridiculously delicious, and when those same dessert recipes are ridiculously easy, I call that a win! Take chocolate nut clusters, for example. A delicious sweet dessert or snack recipe of chocolate melted around peanuts. Yum. And Once You Try This Ridiculously Easy And Delicious Method, Youíll Never Go Back to baking these delicious clusters the way youíve been doing it all along. Iím going to throw it out at the start. This chocolate nut clusters recipe is made in the slow-cooker (also known as a Crock-Pot). Thatís right. Dessert in a slow cooker. Itís strange that Iíve never utilized my slow cooker to make dessert recipes, but now that Iíve tried it Iíll definitely be doing it again! This is so easy.
Crock-Pot is actually a trademarked name sometimes used generically for a slow cooker, which is an electrical countertop cooking appliance usually used for simmering meals. It maintains a relatively low temperature that allows for unattended cooking for many hours. Under the leadership of Irving Naxon, the Naxon Utilities Corporation developed the All-Purpose Cooker. The Rival Company purchased Naxon in 1970 and re-introduced the cooker under the Crock-Pot name in 1971. Slow cookers became widely popular in the United States during the 1970ís as many women took work outside the home. Many of todayís recipes for slow cookers are designed for convenience, which is the case for this slow cooker chocolate nut clusters recipe. So, for this delicious and easy chocolate nut clusters recipe, all you will need are peanuts Ė both salted and unsalted (although you can substitute salted for all unsalted if preferred), white almond Ďbark,' peanut butter chips, dark chocolate chips and a German chocolate bar. If you arenít familiar with almond bark, not to worry (I wasnít either). Almond bark is a chocolate-like confection made with vegetable fat instead of cocoa butter. You purchase it in packages, blocks or even round discs in the candy and baking supplies section of most supermarkets (I always find mine in Walmart).
From start-to-finish, this delicious chocolate candy treat recipe will take about 2 hours in the slow cooker, and then a further 1-2 hour suggested wait time before the chocolate nut clusters are ready to be consumed. This is one of the easiest melted chocolate and nut recipes I have ever made. The slow cooker melts everything well without worrying about burning it in a pot or the microwave, and it doesnít make a mess of a whole sink full of dishes either. The only tip I would offer is to make sure once the mixture has finished cooking and you spoon it out, that you use either a parchment-lined baking sheet or cupcake wrappers; otherwise these delicious clusters might just stick to whatever surface you place them on. I lied. One more tip! Double this chocolate nut clusters recipe. Although it makes three dozen clusters, theyíre so delicious theyíll be gone before you know it and youíll be left wanting more!