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Homemade Chocolate Covered Peanuts: An Easy & Inexpensive Gift!

homemade chocolate covered peanuts

Need a thoughtful gift for that special someone? Valentine’s Day is coming, but these Homemade Chocolate Covered Peanuts make the perfect gift any time of year! With only three ingredients, the recipe couldn’t get easier, and no special cookware is needed!

Homemade Chocolate Covered Peanuts Recipe…

Like many of my best recipes, Homemade Chocolate Covered Peanuts comes from one of my co-workers. In case you didn’t know it, teachers LOVE to eat! Therefore, we tend to have a very high percentage of above-average (read: GREAT) cooks on our staff. The teacher who shared Homemade Chocolate Covered Peanuts with me might teach some of the most difficult math classes in our curriculum, but her formula for these little sweets is much easier than Calculus. No need for a fancy double boiler, expensive chocolate, or hours of waiting for the coating to set up. Nope, these chocolate covered peanuts can be ready in as little as two hours!

homemade chocolate covered peanuts

The Process…

As with any cooking project, there is a little prep work. Mainly, find a large glass bowl that sits inside a large pot without touching the bottom. This is your double boiler. You will fill the pot with enough water that when it boils it will not touch the bottom of the bowl sitting inside. (You will be using the steam from the water to melt the chocolate slowly and perfectly!)

Add the chocolate and almond bark to the bowl over the boiling water and stir occasionally. Once it’s melted, stir in the peanuts until everything is nicely coated.

homemade chocolate covered peanuts

I use my #24 scoop to portion out the chocolate and peanutty goodness! It makes fast work of the process and creates even servings. Interestingly enough, the scoops are the size of a serving of peanuts (according to the jars of peanuts I used from Aldi). For my recipe, I used wax paper as a base for the candies to harden on, however, parchment paper will work as a good surface, too.

homemade chocolate covered peanuts

After scooping the peanuts onto a wax paper-lined surface, just let them sit until hardened. Mine only took about two hours. I bagged mine up as gifts for our son’s basketball coaches in pretty clear bags. However, you can package these however you want! I promise you that the recipient will pay little attention to the wrapping…he/she will be too focused on how tasty these little treats are! Be careful…they are totally addictive!!!

Homemade Chocolate Covered Peanuts: An Easy & Inexpensive Gift!

Category: Snack

Yield: 34

Serving Size: 1 peanut cluster

Homemade Chocolate Covered Peanuts: An Easy & Inexpensive Gift!

An easy homemade treat that comes together quickly and only uses three ingredients! A great gift for someone special!

Ingredients

  • 2 (16 oz.) jars of peanuts (I used dry roasted with one jar being salted and one unsalted.)
  • 24 oz. almond bark
  • 12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line cookie sheets, a countertop, or table with wax paper or parchment paper. Two 18-inch pieces should work.
  2. Create a double boiler using a large pot and a bowl big enough to sit safely in the pot without touching the bottom. Fill the pot 1/4 to 1/3 full with water, checking to make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water when sitting in the pot. Add chocolate and almond bark to bowl and place over pot.
  3. Bring water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and stir chocolate and almond bark while it melts until an even mixture is formed.
  4. Stir in peanuts and mix until well coated.
  5. Using a #24 cookie scoop (or two spoons), scoop peanut mixture into piles on wax paper.
  6. Allow to cool and harden. Stir in well-sealed containers.

Notes

The almond bark I used was in pre-made squares. If a solid block is purchased, cut into small squares prior to adding to the double boiler. It will melt more quickly. Parchment paper may be substituted for the waxed paper.

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