Monday, December 22, 2014

Crockpot Chocolate Candy and Merry Christmas!

I am enjoying some Winter Solstice tea from Peet's Tea along with some yummy chocolate candy, for my angelic tea today.

This Lenox teacup was one that I was gifted in the very first teacup exchange that I participated in and it goes with anything, especially my angelic tea for today.

Angels seem to be an important part of my decorating these days.  The darling Goebel one with the baby Jesus was given to me from my Dad, back in 1979.  


This angel was given to me from a  dear friend that passed away almost a year ago.  I love her skirt which is made from strips of cloth.  Isn't her face sweet?  I look at her and think of my friend.

 
I have a signed copy of  Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood and I have been wanting to make this recipe for awhile now.  Trisha has such a relaxed easy style on her TV show and her recipes are really good!  If you need some gifts to give to neighbors or friends, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this fabulous recipe. I'll be making this recipe every year from now on!  The Merry Christmas plate came in a set with four different designs that a sweet friend gave me last year.

Here's my adapted recipe of Crockpot Chocolate Candy:

Ingredients

2 pounds salted dry-roasted peanuts
A couple of handfuls of cup dried cranberries (my addition and everyone seems to like it), optional
4 ounces German's sweet chocolate (about 4 squares)
One 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
2 1/2 pounds white almond bark

Directions

Put the peanuts in the bottom of a 4-quart slow cooker.  Add the dried cranberries, if desired.  Layer the chocolate over the peanuts and dried cranberries,  beginning with the sweet chocolate, followed by the chocolate chips and then the almond bark. Set the temperature on low and cook for 3 hours. (I put a piece of paper towel under the lid to catch any condensation).  Do not stir the mixture.

After 3 hours, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth. Drop the candy into cupcake pan liners using about 2 tablespoons per liner. Allow the candy to cool completely before removing the cupcake liners.  (I will just drop the candy onto waxed paper the next time I make this).
My kids gave me the Willow Tree nativity set quite a few years back.  I've surrounded it with some large iron angels and I have battery operated lights to add a special glow.

Merry Christmas Blessings to you!

I am sharing this with:

Share Your Cup
Full Plate
Foodie Friday
Weekend Potluck

Thank you for your visit!  xo

33 comments:

  1. Chocolate can be so finicky to work with, this sounds like a nice easy method Kitty! Bet the kids loved it! Merry Christmas Week,enjoy:@)

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  2. Kitty, I saw TY make this on Food Network and was intrigued, I love your addition of cranberries to the candy mix! Love your collection of angels and nativity! Your grands are adorable. ♥

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  3. I just added the candy to my Christmas list for next year. I start a folder every Christmas ;o) The Willow Tree nativity with the large iron angels is lovely, as is your angel from your dad and friend. Last year I bought an angel that fits on the corner molding of a door way for a friend, and it looks down on her every day. Your grands are precious! xo

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  4. Your angel tea looks so pretty! I've seen recipes for the slow cooker candy before & always wondered if they were any good, so I'm glad you posted it. Now I will give it a try. The nativity on our mantel looks lovely. Merry Christmas Kitty!

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  5. Your Christmas card is so precious! Love your angels too. I collect angels; they're all in my garden. I'm always on the lookout for more. Your candy sounds great and easy too. Your nativity is special. Merry Christmas!

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  6. Hi Kitty, All of your angels are so pretty and sweet! I love the one your dad gave you and the one your friend gave you -- so special. :) This Christmas card is just PRECIOUS; I just want to cuddle that new grandbaby. :-D

    Thanks for sharing the recipe with us, Kitty, it looks and sounds delicious! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

    Blessings,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  7. Merry Christmas Kitty! Everything looks so festive...love the photo of the new little angel! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Merry Christmas!
    Ruth

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  8. Your decor is so pretty. The angel is the sweetest. What a beautiful thing to have from a late friend. The chocolates look so delicious. I love playing around with chocolate and making different clusters like these. Have a merry Christmas!

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  9. Your angelic tea looks lovely - your vignettes and mantle awesome and that candy YUMMY!

    I didn't realize Trisha Yearwood has a book and a tv show - I never watch tv and just miss so much. She sure is a neat lady, and your book is signed, how neat is THAT?

    Sorry I have been so behind - so many social engagements - now finally beginning to read posts and do a little posting myself, have lots to share yet either no time, energy or SUN to get decent shots. Oh well, my heart is still in the right place at least.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS SWEET FRIEND! ♥

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  10. Your mantel is beautiful, Kitty. I love Willow angels. This sounds like a nice, easy recipe. And the photo card of your grandchildren is so beautiful. You have your own special little sweet angels. And baby's first Christmas! Hugs toyou, Kitty. Merry Christmas!

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  11. The tea tray amongst angels is lovely as they have an important role in the story of Christmas.
    Chocolate made in the crockpot is different, here I am melting everything in the microwave. It sure looks good.
    Your Christmas card is adorable with all the sweet faces on it.
    Merry Christmas Kitty.

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  12. Hi Kitty, I love your angels, the mantel and the Christmas Card! Thank you for sharing this candy recioe! I bet they are delicious. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hugs, Julie

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  13. I love the Willow Tree angels and I have a few that were gifts from my family. Your nativity is very sweet and special. The candy looks divine and oh so easy to make. A white teacup is always right for any occasion. Thank you for sharing your darling collection of angels and thank you for joining me for tea during this very busy season. I wish you and your loved ones a Very Happy Christmas, Kitty!

    Christmas blessings & hugs,
    Sandi

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  14. Years ago, a friend made me an angel with the very same type of skirt torn in strips. All your angels are beautiful, the one from your dad and the nativity set from your children are really special. Love the picture of all your grandchildren, too. Merry Christmas to you Kitty; you are in my daily prayers, I know how you miss your dear husband. Love, Deborah xo

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  15. Love your angels Kitty. I went to a Tea yesterday. My friend has the Royal Doulton anniversary cups - both versions. She served butternut squash soup in them. I was going to send you the link, but I was afraid it would not get through. You can find them on amazon if you just type in the royal doulton anniversary cups.

    Hope you have a wonderful Holiday. The card is very sweet.

    Madonna

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  16. Your angels are so sweet, dear Kitty, just like you :) And your chocolate candy looks divine!

    Merry Christmas, my precious friend! You are a blessing - love to you!

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  17. Hi Kitty: I have so enjoyed getting to know you this year. I pray only blessing for you and your family. Hugs, Martha

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  18. Merry Christmas Dear Kitty! Your gift exchange Lenox teacup is very lovely and your chocolate candy looks yummy! Angels are such a beautiful way to decorate your mantle. Your family is so precious! Wishing you all the best in the New Year! Karen

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  19. Thank you for sharing your beautiful decorations...love all your angels...so sweet. I also love the addition of craisins to the candy too...perfect touch. Sure would love for you to share with me...ha Take good care Sweet Friend - trust you enjoy a delightful Christmas day and week. We need to catch up soon. XO

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  20. What a lovely cup to receive. Merry Christmas!

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  21. What a beautiful idea for an angel tea! Love it! I have to try this recipe, as I have her books, and ever tried it. They look so yummy and I adore my crockpot. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2015.

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  22. Holy Heaven I can't wait to try this! Love your cranberry addition! Your Christmas card is adorable :)
    Your holidays are indeed blessed!
    Jenna

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  23. Love your sweet angels Kitty. I have heard of this crock pot chocolates, but have not tried them yet. Your family is so very sweet! Enjoy them this Christmas. Happy Holidays and thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  24. Merry Christmas to you dear Kitty. What a lovely scene on your mantle.

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  25. Sending warm Christmas wishes westward to you, Kitty! The children in the card photo are absolutely darling. You are truly blessed & I'm glad that you're surrounded by family.

    Hugs,
    Rett

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  26. Merry Christmas! I love the way you put your mantel together. I saw TY make this last week on TV, and I am glad you published it because I want to try it. I am going to use pecans because that is what I have, although I am sure the peanuts are good, too. I'll let you know how this works out!

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  27. Kitty:
    Thank you for the sweet card and photo. I am impressed with your candy making here and your decorations are very festive. Looks like a wonderful family you have and I wish you a Merry Christmas!

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  28. Adorable Christmas card, Kitty. I know that new baby makes for a joyous Christmas. I'm glad you have your children there with you. The cranberries in the chocolate sound delicious.
    Merry Christmas, my friend.

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  29. Hello, Kitty! So nice to stop by and visit you! Your home looks lovely--warm and cozy and well protected by angels, including those darling ones in the last picture! I wish you the best in 2015, Kitty! ~Zuni

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  30. Lovely as always Kitty. Love the card and the candy looks divine. I hope your Christmas was very special. Happy New year.....xo

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  31. Your mantle is lovely. Christmas decorations mean so much more when they hold special memories. I was very interested to read a slow cooker recipe for candy. I seem to have lost my touch with chocolate. Maybe I'd have better luck with this method. I love Trisha Yearwood as a singer and her cooking show. Merry Christmas - and Angels to you!

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  32. I used to actively collect angels and many were given to me. You know, different situations over the years urged me to give away many of them. I do have some of the most meaningful. Your mantel looks gorgeous! Love the photo of your grands ~ so precious.

    The candy looks and sounds good! Absolutely easy enough, right? :) Thanks for sharing.

    xo
    Pat

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  33. Greetings Kitty!
    Your Grand Children are just adorable and I am so happy that you are surrounded by family love at this time. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with our special edition of Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are enjoying your holidays and look forward to seeing you soon!
    Stay Warm in this cold weather.
    Miz Helen

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