This Three Ingredient Moose Poop Candy is chocolatey, peanutty, and delicious. It’s also called chocolate peanut clusters, but moose poop is so much more fun. It’s easy to make, easy to serve, (easy to eat!), and easy to gift.
Grab your slow cooker and let’s go!
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Moose Poop Candy, also known as Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters
Moose poop candy, or, Chocolate Peanut Clusters are a fun and easy 3 ingredient homemade candy recipe that is perfect for serving at parties, passing along to others in cookie exchanges, and simply making to surprise loved ones.
You can even change the name and call them “reindeer poop” to leave behind for the kids to find after a visit from Santa.
Either way, calling them anything like that will get huge smiles from little ones when you serve them at your next holiday party because these clusters kind of have that look to them.
- Chocolate chips – I went with both semi-sweet and milk chocolate because that’s what I had on hand. You can use all the same types if you want, or mix it up according to what you like.
- White melting chips – You can also use white almond bark if you have it.
- Peanuts – roasted, salted, please. None of those wonky red skins on them, either.
Festive sprinkles to dust on top as the moose poop candy is hardening. (Optional)
Making the Christmas candy
Super duper easy steps.
Line the slow cooker with a Slow Cooker Liner. It helps with cleanup, but if you don’t have one, that’s fine.
- Add all the ingredients (except the sprinkles) to the slow cooker liner bowl.
- Put a clean tea towel over the top of the slow cooker. (It helps prevent the chocolate from seizing – see the recipe card below for more information)
- Place the lid on top of the tea towel.
- Heat the ingredients until they’re all melty and chocolatey.
- Spoon it out onto the pans, sprinkle the sprinkles, and let harden!
Helpful hints and additions to level up this recipe
- Stir the mixture often so the chocolate doesn’t scorch.
- Change up the nuts by adding cashews, hazelnuts, or almonds.
- Switch out the sprinkles and add coarse salt, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut.
- This crockpot nut cluster recipe can be made on the stovetop but is much easier in the slow cooker because there’s pot watching, plus you’d need a double boiler so the chocolate doesn’t scorch.
- For gift-giving, these nut cluster candy can be put into clear candy bags with a fun label on the top and ribbons. Or toss it into a mason jar and add a fun ribbon for a simple and easy homemade Christmas gift.
That’s called “blooming”. There’s nothing wrong with the chocolate, it has to do with the cocoa butter in the chocolate changing because it’s experienced some rapid temperature changes or it’s been sitting in the cupboard a bit too long. It’s TOTALLY edible and fine to eat.
Sure! I would cut back on some of the nuts, and use the same amount to replace them with the raisins or cranberries. Just know it will make the clusters sweeter!
Storing your peanut clusters, or moose poop candy is fairly simple. Keep away from any heat sources or they could easily melt and stick together.
For the best results store these in an air-tight container in a cold dark place away from heat sources. The best place for these when you are not using them is in the refrigerator.
If you wish to freeze them, freeze them on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. When completely frozen, store them in between layers of parchment paper inside an air-tight container for up to 3 months.
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- 1 bag Semi sweet chocolate chips (12 ounces)
- 1 bag Milk chocolate chips (12 ounces)
- 1 package of White chocolate melting chips (12 ounces)
- 1 pound Peanuts, roasted and salted.
- Pantry ingredients:
- Sprinkles for the top (optional)
- Line the slow cooker with the liner if you have it on hand.
- Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker bowl.
- Turn the cooker on LOW.
- Add a clean tea towel over the cooker and then put on the lid. (See notes for why).
- Cook for 60 - 75 minutes, depending on the heat of your slow cooker. You MUST stir the mixture every 15-20 minutes to prevent the chocolate from scorching or seizing up.
- When everything is melted perfectly, turn off the slow cooker. Using a tablespoon measure, (or a regular soup spoon) and spoon mounds of the candy onto a parchment lined (or lightly greased) baking sheet.
- As it's cooling, add a few festive sprinkles to the top if you want. Check the notes for other ideas to add on top.
- Chill in the fridge until hard and then enjoy!
The reason you want to put a tea towel in between the top of the slow cooker and the lid is that sometimes condensation can build up underneath the lid. So, when you remove the lid to stir the pot, those water droplets can fall into your candy mixture, and then it could seize the mixture (making it stiff and dry looking, not smooth and creamy). The tea towel will help to absorb the water so your candy stays safe!
Other ideas for toppings - crushed candy canes, crushed peanuts, shredded coconut.
Serving Size1 cluster
Amount Per Serving Calories 244Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 3mgSodium 123mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 3gSugar 10gProtein 7g
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.