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.
These chocolate covered peanuts are a favorite around here!
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.
Chocolate Covered Peanuts
- 18 ounces almond bark
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 24 ounces salted peanuts
- Turn the crockpot to high and add the almond bark. Stir occasionally until mostly melted.
- Add the chocolate chips and continue stirring until melted and smooth.
- Add the peanuts to the mixture and stir well to coat.
- Add additional peanuts or chocolate chips as needed to get the right ratio of chocolate to peanuts.
- Drop spoonfuls of chocolate covered peanuts onto a parchment lined baking sheet and allow to harden, about 1 hour.
- Store at room temperature.
Recipe from my mama