Let me tell you a short (okay, long) story about how I ate my weight in chocolate covered peanuts. My mama makes them every year and they are one of my favorite Christmas treats (second only to these Butter Cookies).
Let me back up.
Four years ago, back when my son was in public school, I was on my way to pick him up. I was running late, as usual, and to make matters worse my daughter had just face-planted in a humongous mud puddle before getting into the car. I had no time to clean her off, so she was covered in mud for the short ride to the school. I was worrying about her and worrying about how far away from the school I was going to have to park and then drag my mud covered 2 year old up to the school to find my son. The thing I was not worrying about was paying attention to my driving or the garbage cans lining the street. My poor little passenger side mirror was knocked clean off on the way to school that day by a garbage can that was sticking just a wee bit too far out in the road.
It was a sad day.
Fast forward to last summer and I was sitting in one of those car washes with the big swishy things that attack and wash your car. One of the big swishy things got to close and knocked the mirror off of our car. The car wash people paid to have it repaired which means that it was definitely not even a little bit my fault. (So there, husband! No more jokes about my driving!)
My husband and I dropped the car off to be repaired and were on our way back to pick it up after they had completed the work. I was driving my minivan to pick up the newly repaired car with it’s bright, shiny new mirror when BAM! Out jumped a garbage can.
The van was now missing a mirror! Lucky for us, we were on our way to the repair shop anyway, so we could just get an estimate while we there. Because that was not AT ALL embarrassing.
Then, yesterday, I was backing our car out of the driveway when I heard this funny scraping sound. I look over and there was my van! Parked in my driveway! Where it has been parked everyday for the past three months! Suddenly, BAM! There goes the mirror on the car along with a big scratch down the side of the van.
So, that is the story of how I ate three plate fulls of chocolate covered peanuts and gained 33 pounds in one day. I needed chocolate and I needed it desperately.
Merry Christmas, y’all.
- 18 ounce package of white Almond Bark
- 2 cups (or more, depending on your preferences) chocolate chips
- 24 ounce jar lightly salted peanuts
- Break up the almond bark into pieces and turn your crockpot to high. Add the almond bark to the crockpot, stir occasionally until mostly melted, and then turn the crock pot to low. Add in the chocolate chips until it gets to a nice, dark, chocolate-y color. Pour in about 3/4 of the peanuts and give it a stir. If the chocolate to peanut ratio is too high, add some more peanuts. You can test this by dropping a spoonful of the chocolate/peanuts onto a wax paper or parchment lined counter top. It should be thick and peanut-y (technical term!) and not spread out all over the place. Add more peanuts or chocolate chips as needed to get the consistency you prefer. Drop by spoonfuls (or use a melon baller, if you have one) on the parchment lined baking sheet and allow to harden. This makes lots and lots of peanut clusters, so be sure to clear off some counter space before hand. These should harden in about one hour, depending on how big you make them.
Recipe from my mama