The combination of salty peanuts and sweet chocolate is a classic taste treat. Chocolate covered peanuts are readily available in your grocer’s candy aisle or from gourmet candy manufacturers, but you don’t have to leave home to enjoy this sweet delight. With only three ingredients, you can make your own chocolate covered peanuts at home.
Combine chocolate-flavored candy coating squares and milk chocolate baking bits in a large microwaveable bowl.
Microwave on high for one minute. Stir the mixture. Continue to microwave, stopping and stirring every 30 seconds until the mixture is completely melted and smooth. The mixture will be thick and creamy, not runny.
Add dry roasted peanuts to the melted chocolate mixture and stir quickly to coat the peanuts.
Drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. If you like, you can separate the peanuts while the mixture is still warm and soft into individual chocolate-covered peanuts.
Store chocolate-covered peanuts in an airtight container after the chocolate coating hardens.
You can alter this basic recipe by adding or substituting ingredients.
Substitute dry roasted cashews for peanuts.
Reduce dry roasted peanuts by 1 cup, and add 1 cup of raisins for a taste and texture variation.
If you don’t have candy coating, you can use two 12-oz. bags of milk chocolate bits. Add 2 tbsp. of vegetable shortening to the bits before melting in the microwave.
Stir in 1/2 cup of shredded coconut when you stir in the peanuts.
Drop the melted chocolate/peanut mixture by spoonful into coated-paper candy cups and sprinkle with colored sugar or edible cake sprinkles for a festive treat, suitable for serving at a shower or party.
Use only a dry microwaveable bowl and a dry spoon when heating and stirring the melted chocolate. A few drops of water can make the melted chocolate mixture lumpy and grainy.
Supervise children in the kitchen. The melted chocolate can become very hot.