Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Triple Chocolate Nut Clusters (Courtesy of your Crock Pot)
My mom makes a similar version to these with Spanish peanuts and milk chocolate. Thanks to my husband I am now partial to dark chocolate (obsessed actually - my preference for super dark i.e. the kind that can strip paint actually scares him.) Anyway his mom brought these with her from Georgia when she visited this past Christmas. They are SO good.
This makes an obscene amount, so hopefully you have plenty of friends to give them to. And if not - you're about to!
Triple Chocolate Nut Clusters
* from Christmas With Southern Living 2006, Oxmoor House
1 (16-ounce) jar dry-roasted peanuts
1 (9.75-ounce) can salted whole cashews
2 cups pecan pieces
18 (2-ounce) chocolate bark coating squares, cut in half
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels
4 (1-ounce) bittersweet chocolate baking squares, broken into pieces
1 tablespoon shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine first 7 ingredients in a 5-quart slow cooker; cover and cook on LOW 2 hours or until chocolate is melted. Stir chocolate and nuts; add vanilla, stirring well to coat.
Drop candy by heaping teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Let stand at least 2 hours or until firm. Store in an airtight container.