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Simple Snacks You Can Make in Your Slow Cooker

Yes, believe it or not, your slow cooker doubles as an awesome snack maker.
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December 8, 2010-Holiday party fare part two. we tally up calories, fat and sodium in five favorite sweets found at holiday parties. Candied nuts. TORONTO STAR/TANNIS TOOHEY (Photo by Tannis Toohey/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
December 8, 2010-Holiday party fare part two. we tally up calories, fat and sodium in five favorite sweets found at holiday parties. Candied nuts. TORONTO STAR/TANNIS TOOHEY (Photo by Tannis Toohey/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Until now, you've probably only used your slow cooker for stews and Super Bowl wings. If that's the case, you're missing out on a whole slew of slow cooker snacks. Yes, believe it or not, your slow cooker doubles as an awesome snack maker.

Slow cookers are the ideal cooking vessel when you don't have a lot of time to stand around and stir your food. The low, gentle heat of a slow cooker means food won't burn. Plus, since we're talking about snacks, overcooking isn't much of a problem.

You can even ditch the blender or cocktail shaker. Your slow cooker is the ideal vessel for drinks like mulled wine, hot chocolate, apple cider, and hot buttered rum.

Hankering for a dessert snack? It's easy to bake cakes and fudge in a slow cooker. Again, your low setting will perform miracles here as it's the perfect temperature to slowly melt chocolate without the fear of burning or tempering it. Ever wonder how to perfectly candy nuts? Your slow cooker is the answer. The low, slow heat allows sugar to melt and candy. A bag of your favorite nuts, egg whites, sugar, and seasonings like cinnamon and vanilla are all you need for perfect food court-style candied nuts. Plus, your kitchen will smell like a candy shop all day long. Replace half the nuts with oats, sub out the sugar for honey, add some dried fruit, and you've got the makings of the perfect sweet and salty granola.

Yes, you really can do it all in the slow cooker. Heck, people have been known to make soap in their slow cookers, too. For now, we'll focus on the snacks.

Candied Nuts

If you've ever gotten in line for a cone full of street vendor nuts during Christmas, this recipe is for you. You can use any nuts you want, but the subtle sweetness of pecans and the rich flavor of almonds make for a perfect combo.

Slow Cooker Chex Mix

Sure, you could buy Chex mix, or just mix together dry cereal and call it a day. This recipe, however, will take your savory snacking to a new level. Store it in snack-sized resealable bags for on-the-go eating. Add coated candies like M&Ms for a bit of sweetness.

Crock-Pot Jalapeño Spinach Dip
Take your spinach dip to the next level with the addition of jalapeño peppers for the perfect pop of flavor. Just mix the ingredients together in a slow cooker and let it do its thing. It’s that easy. Photo Credit: Taste of HomeClick Here to see the Simple Snacks You Can Make In Your Slow Cooker
Slow Cooker Mexican Seven Layer Dip
You'll love this warmed-up, no-fuss version of your favorite Mexican dip. Cheese, salsa, refried beans, onion and spices come together for the ultimate indulgence: a seven-layer dip packed with flavor. Photo Credit: Flickr
Slow Cooker Mini Cheeseburger Pies
Craving a snack that’s more savory than sweet? These mini cheeseburger pies are the perfect bite-sized, protein-packed snack. Wrapping phyllo dough around the burgers brings their texture and flavor to another level. Combine it with your go-to burger toppings for a dish you won't forget. Photo Credit: FlickrClick Here to see the Simple Snacks You Can Make In Your Slow Cooker
Hot Fruit Salad
Old-fashioned fruit salad transforms into a healthy and delicious snack in the slow cooker. It’s easy to make and doubles as a great side dish alongside roasted meats, and shines served over pound cake for dessert. Photo Credit: Taste of Home
Homemade Crock-Pot Yogurt
Think making yogurt involves a churning mechanism and an old Amish woman? Think again. Your slow cooker and two ingredients are all it takes. Yup, two ingredients: milk and what’s left of the yogurt you bought at the grocery store. You’ve just saved yourself a ton of money for the week. Be sure to reserve a half of a cup of this batch to use as a starter next time. Photo Credit: Deposit PhotosClick Here to see the Simple Snacks You Can Make In Your Slow Cooker


-Fabiana Santana, The Daily Meal