If there is one gift from the kitchen that everyone in my family LOVES it’s roasted or flavored nuts. Everyone has a different favorite nut: pistachio, cashews, and hazelnuts. However, the one nut everyone enjoys is the humble Almond.
Chocolate Candied Almonds
Now, the name will fool you a bit. These nuts are neither super sweet nor overly chocolaty. Nope, they have just a hint of sweetness and chocolate to make your almonds special.
These are made like Candied Cumin Almonds, over the stove. You’ll have to work quickly but boy they are good.
- 3 cups raw almonds
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tbs dutch cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a skilled over medium high to high heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the almonds, stirring constantly. After approximately 3 minutes you will hear the almonds begin to make popping sounds, similar to popcorn popping.
After another minute has passed (don’t forget to keep stirring continuously) add the sugar/cocoa mix and the vanilla extract. Keep stirring and after about 15 seconds or so, the sugar will seem to melt. When the total cooking time has reached approximately 7 minutes, the melted sugar will have totally coated the almonds with no more “pooling” on the bottom of the pan.
Turn off the heat and immediately dump the almonds onto a cookie sheet to cool.
Store these in an air tight container.