Use your Slow Cooker to make the easiest Chocolate Candy! Loaded with dried cranberries and topped with Hawaiian pink salt, these are a perfect homemade gift!
This is the first time I have made homemade candy using the slow cooker. And, it will most definitely not be my last.
Over the past few weeks, I have read several posts by blogging friends who used this technique. It’s so stupid easy. I can’t believe that all these years that I’ve been making homemade candy, it never occurred to me <<head slap>>.
The slow cooker is so much easier than setting up a double boiler and way better than using the microwave. It’s just dump, wait and then drop. Really. This recipe is that easy.
I had some dried whole cranberries leftover from recipe testing a stuffed chicken dish so I tested out the flavor combo with semi-sweet chocolate and Hawaiian pink salt. It was soooo good, I decided to run to the store and get 4 pounds of cranberries to make a huge batch of this homemade candy for teachers gifts and other family and friends.
You don’t have to make 4 pounds but if you cut the amount, make sure you use a smaller slow cooker so that your chocolate doesn’t burn. I used a 6.5 Quart.
Happy Holidays and have a great weekend!
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Use your Slow Cooker to make the easiest Chocolate Candy! Loaded with dried cranberries and topped with pink salt, these are a perfect homemade gift!
- 4 pounds dried whole cranberries
- 4 pounds semisweet chocolate chips
- coarse Hawaiian pink salt
Dump dried cranberries and chocolate chips into slow cooker. Mix, cover and set to low for 60 minutes.
Stir once or twice while heating.
Once time is up, remove lid and stir until chocolate is all melted and cranberries are completely coated.
Link baking sheets with parchment paper and grab a Tablespoon.
Spoon clusters onto parchment. Repeat until tray is filled.
Sprinkle each with some of the Hawaiian salt.
Repeat until all chocolate and cranberries are used.
You can leave these out too cool (if your house or kitchen is cool) or place each tray in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes to set. Enjoy!
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Leslie Vann says
Just bought a big bag of dried cranberries. This sounds good. I also just bought a big bag of dried blueberries. I’m thinking that’d be great, too – all year round!
Alyssa Brantley says
Sounds yummy! Let me know how they turn out 🙂
How would it be with fresh cranberries? Seems like there would be enough sugar in the chocolate chips and they might even have a tart !pop!
Alyssa Brantley says
I think it could be interesting (and definitely tart!) if you eat them all rather quickly (not sure how the fresh cranberries would do overtime) so maybe cut the recipe to 1/4 to try it?
Cindy Lieberman says
My daughter-in-law and I followed your advice and made these for teacher gifts for the grandgirls’ day care. It was unbelievably easy, except for finding a place to cool all of them, it made so many! We had plenty left over for our own holiday snacking. Next time I make them (and there will be a next time), I will add shelled pistachios too. Thanks for the great how-to!
Love the idea of adding pistachios! So glad you all liked them Cindy 🙂
The combination of chocolate and cranberries is perfect for Christmas, and I also have never tried the slow cooker – but am definitely going to for this! Sounds easy!!! Thanks!
You are going to love how easy this is Bec!
Angel Hunter says
This sounds so yummy. Just a little question. When you say dried cranberries, is that like ocean spray craisns?
Alyssa Brantley says
Yes, exactly! Those will work perfectly 🙂
What other salt could substitute for the pink salt?
Hi Laura, You could use Maldon or another flaky sea salt like Jacobson.
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
Candy in the slow cooker is such a great idea! Love the pink salt in it!
Seriously – I can’t believe I just learned about it this year!
Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
I love that this is made in the slow cooker! And I have a huge bag of Hawaiian pink salt begging to be used on this!
Perfect! I use Hawaiian Pink Salt all the time – it’s soooo yummy!
Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
I love the addition of the cranberries, yummy!
I can’t resist sweet and salty. This sounds delicious!
Me either – such a good combo!