Easy Crockpot Christmas Crack – Dark Chocolate Clusters

These easy crockpot Christmas crack dark chocolate clusters are to die for! This slow cooker candy contains layers of sweet, salty, crunchy, and chewy flavors covered in rich dark chocolate. Absolute Heaven!

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There is no shortage of chocolate peanut clusters during this time of year. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of the traditional recipes. Most recipes seem to be made with white or milk chocolate chips, and I’m not a big fan of either. Both are far too sweet for me. I’m all about the dark chocolate!

I just love the bitter-rich complexities of dark chocolate. I believe it creates a much more addicting crockpot Christmas crack recipe for those who love bitter and tart flavors in their candies as I do. 

This homemade Christmas candy is an addicting sweet treat, and you’ll hardly be able to stop yourself from grabbing a crack cluster every time you walk past the plate. They’re perfect to bring to a holiday party or add taste & texture variety to holiday cookie trays.

Ingredients

There is a range of textures and flavors in this crockpot Christmas candy from several easy-to-find, simple ingredients. To make these dark chocolate crockpot Christmas crack clusters, you need:

  • Caramel-filled Stroopwafels – These Dutch cookies are two thin waffle layers sandwiched with caramel syrup. They are relatively easy to find in grocery stores during the holiday season, and they give a perfect chewy touch to the crack cookies.
  • Pretzels – I used Pretzel Crisps, but you can use regular pretzels, too. These give a salty crunch to our crack clusters!
  • Shredded Coconut – I used sweetened shredded coconut. This gives the crack so much delicious flavor, and let’s be real–dark chocolate and coconut were made to go together (check out my chocolate coconut swirl protein ice cream if you love this combo as much as I do!)
  • Chopped Pecans – I used raw pecans, but you could also use peanuts or pistachios if you aren’t a fan of pecans!
  • Dried Tart Cherries – Tart cherry is also a beautifully complementary flavor to dark chocolate, and they give a great chew to the crack!
  • Dark Chocolate Chunks – I’m using 62% cocoa because that’s the darkest I could find at my grocery store. Choose whatever percentage you like. If you’re not sure if you like strong dark chocolate, choose one with around 50% cocoa content, or use semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • White Almond Bark – We are using half a large block of white almond bark to help mellow out the flavors.

Can’t find some of these ingredients? Check out the “Tips & Variations” section below for substitution ideas.

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Instructions

This is the definition of a simple recipe! To make these dark chocolate crockpot Christmas crack, follow the easy instructions below.

prepped and chopped christmas crack ingredients on green plate

1. Prep Ingredients

Chop your Stroopwafels into tiny pieces about the size of your thumbnail. Crumble the pretzels into similar-sized pieces. Give your pecans a rough chop, or buy chopped pecans in the baking section. Portion out the rest of the ingredients and set them aside.

crockpot christmas crack ingredients inside crockpot

2. Combine Ingredients

Take out a medium-sized slow cooker. Add all ingredients to the crockpot. Give it a few stirs to evenly mix the ingredients.

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3. Turn Crockpot to High

Turn your crock pot on to the “high” setting. If you are using a large crockpot and are working with a wider, thinner layer, you may wish to use “low” instead, or start it on high and turn it to low heat after the first stir to prevent burning.

stirring partially melted crockpot christmas crack ingredients

4. Stir Frequently

Stir your crack every 10 minutes until the chocolate and almond bark completely melts. This usually takes 30-40 minutes.

scooping clusters onto wax paper

5. Scoop

Use a small cookie scoop or spoon to scoop out evenly sized clusters onto a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper. You could also scoop the clusters into mini cupcake liners for a cleaner shape!

pile of crockpot christmas crack clusters on white plate sitting on wooden table with christmas foliage

6. Add Toppings

Sprinkle some toppings onto each cluster, such as a pinch of coarse sea salt, holiday sprinkles, crushed candy canes, toffee bits, or even more coconut flakes.

pile of crockpot christmas crack clusters on white plate sitting on wooden table

7. Allow to Set

Leave clusters to set at room temperature. They will need several hours to get fully hardened.

crockpot christmas crack dark chocolate clusters in tupperware with parchment paper

8. Serve & Store

Once hardened, the crockpot Christmas crack is ready to eat! Store clusters in an airtight container. They will be good up to a week….if they last that long!

Tips & Variations

The great thing about Christmas crack is you can customize the ingredients pretty easily to suit your tastes. Hate dark chocolate? Use milk or white chocolate chips. Can’t find Stroopwafels? Use chopped-up shortbread cookies. Hate nuts altogether? Crumble up some Oreos. Have at it! The world is your oyster.

My instructions say to cook this Christmas crockpot candy recipe on high so they will be done in less time, but this is assuming you are going to keep an eye on them and truly stir them every 10 minutes. If you’re making these while busy and distracted, using the low setting would be a perfectly fine choice so you don’t burn them.

Serving Suggestions

These go great on a cookie plate with other seasonal desserts! Try making my Gooey Peanut Butter Blossoms Bars or my Healthy Molasses Oatmeal Cookies.

inside view of crockpot christmas crack clusters on white plate sitting on wooden table

Nutritional Information

This makes a big batch of 35 candy clusters. For one cluster, the nutritional information is as follows:

  • Calories: 195
  • Protein: 1.8 grams
  • Fat: 10.6 grams (6.9 grams saturated)
  • Carbs: 21.8 grams
  • Fiber: 2.7 grams

Recipe Notes

Allow the homemade candy time to set for several hours before storing. Then you can store the crock pot candy in an airtight container.

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Easy Crockpot Christmas Crack Dark Chocolate Clusters

This rich and sweet dark chocolate crockpot Christmas crack is to die for! They're the perfect addition to your holiday cookie plates this year.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy, crockpot christmas candy, dark chocolate christmas candy, holidays
Servings: 35 clusters
Calories: 195kcal
Author: Holly Lee
Cost: $15

Equipment

  • Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • 4-5 Caramel-filled Stroopwafel Cookies about 150 grams
  • 1 cup Pretzel Crisps abut 70 grams
  • 2/3 cup Dried Sweetend Tart Cherries about 100 grams
  • 2/3 cup Shredded Coconut about 85 grams
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pecans
  • 20 oz Dark Chocolate Chunks
  • 10 ounces Vanilla Almond Bark
  • Your favorite toppings, like sea salt, candy cane bits, or toffee pieces

Instructions

  • Chop your Stroopwafels into tiny pieces about the size of your thumbnail. Crumble your Pretzel Crisps into similar-sized pieces. Prepare the rest of your ingredients by measuring them out and setting them aside.
  • Take out your crock pot and plug it in. Add all of your ingredients to the crockpot and give it a few stirs to evenly mix everything. Put the lid on and turn the crock pot on to high heat.
  • Stir the contents of your crockpot every 10 minutes to prevent burning. As soon as all of the chocolate and almond bark is melted, turn off your crock pot. This will take 30-40 minutes. If using a larger-sized crockpot, it may take less time, and you will want to stir it even more frequently to prevent burning.
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion out the clusters onto a large sheet of wax paper. Top each cluster with your favorite toppings, such as sea salt, festive sprinkles, or toffee bits.
  • Let the clusters sit for several hours until fully set. Store in an airtight container for up to 5-7 days. Enjoy!

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Notes

The great thing about crockpot Christmas crack is you can customize the ingredients pretty easily to suit your tastes. Hate dark chocolate? Use milk or white chocolate chips. Can’t find Stroopwafels? Use chopped-up shortbread cookies. Hate nuts altogether? Crumble up some Oreos. Have at it! The world is your oyster.

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcal

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