These Chocolate Caramel Pecan Clusters are absolutely irresistible! With a decadent blend of nutty, chewy caramel goodness and sweet chocolate flavor they’re sure to satisfy your sweets cravings. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to make using a slow cooker, making them a perfect homemade candy recipe for parties, gifting, or simply treating yourself!

Whether you’re hosting a gathering and need a crowd-pleasing treat or want to create thoughtful homemade gifts, these Chocolate Caramel Pecan Clusters are sure to impress. Make a batch, serve them up, and watch them disappear in no time!

Slow Cooker Chocolate Caramel Pecan Clusters.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Chocolate Almond Bark – We use a combination of semi-sweet chocolate almond bark and white chocolate almond bark, but you could choose one or the other.  
  • Pecans – Use whole or chopped pecans, depending on your texture preference. 
  • Melting Dark Chocolate Wafers – We love to use Ghiradelli wafers for a rich flavor! 
  • Caramel Bits – Find soft caramel candies in the baking aisle or candy aisle of your local grocery store. 
  • Sea Salt – Adjust to taste. 

How to Make Chocolate Caramel Pecan Clusters with Ease

Unlike most pecan cluster recipes, this version comes together in the slow cooker. That means you don’t have to spend time standing over a hot stove! 

  1. Layer. Arrange the pecans in a single layer at the bottom of a slow cooker. Break the chocolate and white chocolate almond bark into pieces, and arrange them over the pecans. Then, add the chocolate wafers. 
  2. Cook. Cover the slow cooker, and cook on low heat until the chocolate begins to melt, stirring occasionally. 
  3. Combine. Sprinkle the caramel bits evenly over the chocolate mixture, and gently stir to combine and melt. 
  4. Portion. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and use a spoon or cookie scoop to dollop portions of the nut mixture onto the baking sheet. Leave space in between each cluster! Sprinkle sea salt on top of each caramel pecan cluster, and place a single pecan on top. 
  5. Cool. Allow the candy to cool and harden at room temperature. Or, speed up the process, and transfer the pecan caramel clusters to the fridge!
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A chocolate caramel pecan cluster topped with a pecan and sea salt.

Flavor Variations

  • Swap the Nuts. Use cashews, almonds, or peanuts instead. 
  • Add Fruit. Stir in dried raisins, cranberries, or even blueberries. 
  • Make it Extra Crunchy. Gently fold in potato chips or pretzels for a sweet and salty flavor and satisfying crunch. 

Do I Need to Toast the Pecans? 

No, but you can if you want to! It’s a great way to add a slightly smoky depth to the flavor of the caramel pecan clusters. 

Two halves of a caramel pecan cluster.

How to Store

  • Store: Once cooled and set, leftovers can be transferred to an airtight container and stored at room temperature for up to two weeks. 
  • Freeze: Wrap each pecan cluster with plastic wrap, place them in a resealable bag, and store them in the freezer for up to six months. Enjoy them frozen, or let them thaw in the fridge overnight! 

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A chocolate caramel pecan cluster topped with a pecan and salt.

Slow Cooker Chocolate Caramel Pecan Clusters

5 from 6 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 24 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Cool Time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 35 minutes
Make these slow cooker chocolate caramel pecan clusters with six ingredients for an indulgent treat perfect for snacking and gifting!

Ingredients  

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 20 ounces chocolate almond bark
  • 20 ounces white chocolate almond bark
  • 1 cup of melting dark chocolate wafers like Ghirardelli
  • 1 (11 ounce) bag caramel bits
  • Sea salt for garnish

Instructions 

  • Add the pecans to the bottom of the slow cooker.
    2 cups pecans
  • Break the chocolate almond bark and white chocolate almond bark into smaller pieces, and place them over the pecans in the slow cooker.
    20 ounces chocolate almond bark, 20 ounces white chocolate almond bark
    White and sem-sweet chocolate bark over pecans in a slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle the melting dark chocolate wafers evenly over the chocolate and pecan layers.
    1 cup of melting dark chocolate wafers
  • Cover the slow cooker with a lid, and set it to low heat. Allow the ingredients to melt, stirring occasionally for approximately 1 hour or until everything is fully melted and combined.
  • Once melted, add the caramel bits evenly across the melted layers in the slow cooker. Gently stir the mixture to thoroughly combine all the ingredients.
    1 (11 ounce) bag caramel bits
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a spoon or cookie scoop to drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, ensuring they are spaced apart. Sprinkle sea salt over the candy clusters a long with a pecan on top.
    Sea salt for garnish
    Hot chocolate caramel pecan clusters on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Let the candy clusters cool and set at room temperature. For a quicker setting process, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator.
    A chocolate caramel pecan cluster topped with a pecan and salt.

Notes

Note: Adjust the cooking time as needed to ensure all the ingredients are completely melted and well combined. The duration may differ based on the slow cooker model and heat settings.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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20 Comments

  1. Hi, I’m making this now, I could only find caramel flavored chocolate chips, do you think cut up salted caramels would work?

    Thank you

  2. Hi, you say you use semi-sweet chocolate almond bark and white chocolate almond bark. But I can’t find those anywhere, it is just chocolate or vanilla. Can I use a baking bar? Or what kind do you use? Thank you. 🙂

    1. Hi! Yes, any chocolate/vanilla almond bark can be used. We recommend using melting wafers if you can’t find almond bark. Any brand will taste great!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

  3. want to make this! is “white chocolate almond bark” the same as “vanilla almond bark”? what brand of almond bark do you recommend?car

  4. The ingredients list 2 cups of pecans which are all put into the slow cooker. How much do we need for finishing (garnish)? In other words, how much will this recipe make? Have you ever toasted the pecans?

    1. Hi Donna! You can include as many or as little as you’d like for garnish. We typically use one nut on top of each cluster. This recipe is great with toasted pecans!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

    1. Hmmm you could melt the chocolate in the microwave instead and combine the ingredients in a bowl!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

  5. Do you let the caramel bits melt completely in the crockpot? Or do you want some pieces of caramel in the finished product?