Crock Pot Candy ("Mr. Bud Candy")

Donna Brown Recipe

By Donna Brown gabbiegirl

Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot

This is my daughter's recipe that she makes for fund raisers, church, to give away on trays, etc. because it's so good and it makes a lot. An older man at her church named Mr. Bud makes it a lot and gave her the recipe, so they all call it Mr. Bud candy.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Yummy candy from the crock pot? Doesn't get much better than that! It's never been easier to indulge your sweet tooth... and I couldn't be happier about it.


1 jar(s)
(16 oz.) dry roasted, unsalted peanuts
1 jar(s)
(16 oz.) dry roasted, salted peanuts
1 pkg
(12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 oz
sweetened german chocolate (green packaging), broken into pieces
3 lb
(two 24 oz. pkgs.) white almond bark, broken into pieces [there are several different brands, you'll just have to use the brand found in your area. manufacturer's have lowered the ounces in some packaging, so use the equivlaent of 3 lbs.
(some packages of almond bark may have candy coating on the package)

Directions Step-By-Step

Put ingredients into a 4 or 5-quart crockpot in EXACT order as listed. Cover and cook on LOWEST setting [on your appliance] for 3 hours. DO NOT remove lid! Turn off and allow to cool slightly. Mixture will not be melted but will be soft. Mix thoroughly and drop by teaspoon size cookie dropper or a teaspoon onto wax paper. Let cool thoroughly. Makes approximately 150 - 170 pieces, depending, of course, on how large you make the pieces.

NOTE: This candy is made best by following the recipe to the letter. Make other variations and changes at your own risk, [for example, using pecans or almonds in place of peanuts; white chocolate chips instead of almond bark, etc.] as this is the voice of experience speaking. Please take into consideration that it may alter the quality of the finished product. Thank you and LOL!

**NOTE: There seems to be discrepencies in the terms crockpot and slow cooker. This recipe is for a crockpot which, when on low, will only melt the ingredients. A slow cooker will get hotter and start to cook the ingredients, thus resulting in an inferior product. Please be aware of what kind of appliance you have. It seems the older "crockpot" works best. There have been some who have burned their ingredients because their appliance is too hot. The makers and manufacturers of these appliances seem to interchange the description of their appliances calling slow cookers crockpots. It seems that Rival owns the name crockpot, therefore, others can't use the name crockpot, they are slow cookers. It's very confusing, but slow cookers, indeed, cook hotter, which could result in burning of this recipe. There are many discussions and explanations of this subject within the comments.
***NOTE I've been asked to add this note. If your crockpot appliance is below 275 watts, you should not have any problem with the candy burning if you follow the ingredients and the directions, however, all crockpots are different, so please pay attention to your cooking process. Look on the bottom of your appliance to see the wattage. The new crockpots get hotter than the older crockpots and the slow cookers get even hotter.
DISCLAIMER: I have not made 1/2 a recipe, used peanut butter chips, mint chips, almonds, pecans, coconut or any other ingredients other than what the recipe calls for,(except for caramel and it was a disaster and I threw it away), I have not made it in the microwave nor have I made it on top of the stove, as this is a crockpot recipe, therefore, if you want to use any other ingredients or make it any other way, please do so, but it may not have the same consistency, texture, taste, nor gloss that this one has and the end results may not be the quality you are hoping for.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #nuts, #chocolate

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Sharon Campbell Sharynrose
Apr 3, 2015
read through every page before embarking on the making of this delightful recipe. I have a 6qt rival crockpot that has in very small lettering underneath that "slow cooker" I followed the directions as stated except for a couple of tweaks as I did not want to risk ruining a very large batch of expensive ingredients. 1st, I used cashews instead of peanuts and I set it on low for the first half hour and when I felt the outside of the slow cooker it felt very hot so I reduced the temp to the "keep warm" setting and checked it again after 2 more hours and it was good to go for a total cooking time 2 1/2 hours with the first 1/2 hour on low. Turned out fantastic! Hope this helps Heather :)
Heather Suter McArter Heather_SuterMcArter
Apr 3, 2015
My crockpot brand crockpot is 220 watts and after 60 minutes my house was smokey from the chocolate burning. I'm at a loss :(
Lisa Muench Lisa_Muench
Feb 11, 2015
I made this recipe last night and my house smelled like burned peanuts! I was able to salvage the "fudge" hopefully, but only after scraping the top off and picking out the burned peanuts, adding lots of vanilla & some marshallow cream. Has anyone else had this problem? Could it be my crockpot? (I did not use a slow cooker and I followed the recipe to a T.)
Tenishia Ambrose tstamp1
Jan 18, 2015
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!

I have made this recipe "several" times. I have a crockpot and cook it on low for 2 1/2 hours. I have used almonds instead of peanuts. Was awesome. In addition, I have included a cranberry trail mix to enhance the texture! This recipe has plenty of "wiggle room" to tweak as you like!
Angela Payne Angela_Payne
Jan 16, 2015
Just made these for the second time, first time they burnt because i have a slow cooker not a crock pot, but this time we started on low for thd first 20 mins then turned it to the warm setting for 2 and half hours them low again fod ten more minutes. Turned out great!