Making homemade Chocolate Covered Almonds is easy and makes a great gift! They’re better than store-bought ones and keep well so you can have them on hand or give them away. Chocolate and almonds is the best combination and you will love this easy recipe.
Chocolate covered almonds are so easy to make and one of my favorite food gifts to share with family and friends. With some whole almonds and good-quality chocolate you’ll have a batch ready to enjoy in no time.
I love these all year, but especially around the holiday season when I want to make easy recipes for my family and friends. Everyone loves to get a bag of these chocolate covered almonds!
You can make dark chocolate almonds or make them with milk chocolate – the choice is yours. Just be sure to use a high quality chocolate for the best flavor and results.
- Whole almonds – You can use ones with the skin or ones with the skin removed.
- Chocolate – Use dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or a combination of both. Use high-quality chopped chocolate bars for this recipe. I don’t recommend using chocolate chips which don’t melt as smoothly.
Are Almonds good for you?
Almonds which are tree nuts are rich in nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin E, and dietary fiber. Almonds make a filling and nutritious snack. They also contain calcium and phosphorus, this can improve bone health, which can protect you from fractures.
If you want to make this recipe as healthy as possible I would use dark chocolate rather than milk or white chocolate.
What is bain-marie?
It is basically a fancy french term for a hot water bath. To do this, place a pot with water on the burner and a plate on top with the ingredient that needs to be melted or heated. If you are melting chocolate be sure that the water in the pot does not touch the bottom of the dish. Heat the water to a slow boil and stir the chocolate until completely melted and smooth.
How to Make Chocolate Covered Almonds
Chop the chocolate into small pieces.
Spread the almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast them at 350°F for five to eight minutes. Transfer them to a bowl – don’t leave them on the baking sheet or they will continue to cook.
In a medium bowl melt a little more than half the chocolate over a bain-marie or microwave. If you do it in the microwave, melt it in 30 second intervals and stir between each one until the chocolate is smooth.
When the chocolate has completely melted take it off the heat and add the remaining chocolate, stir until smooth and completely melted, let it cool slightly.
Add the almonds to the melted chocolate and stir to coat them.
Use a fork to lift out individual almonds. Allow the excess chocolate to drip off before placing them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Chill the chocolate covered almonds for one to two hours or until the chocolate is set.
How do you make chocolate almond clusters?
You can make clusters by scooping five to six coated almonds into small piles on the parchment paper.
How long do chocolate almonds keep?
Store them in an airtight container and they will keep for up to two weeks at room temperature. They can also be frozen in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 2-3 months.
Do you have to roast the almonds?
You don’t have to, but they taste a lot better when they are roasted. The heat draws out their natural oils which makes them more flavorful.
You can use roasted almonds from the store if you want to save time. Use unsalted ones or, if you like a sweet and salty treat, dry salted roasted almonds. Or try sprinkling some flaky sea salt over them before you chill them in the refrigerator.
Can you use other kinds of nuts?
Yes, you can make chocolate covered peanuts or make chocolate nut clusters with a mix of roasted nuts, including cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts.
Who knew chocolate covered nuts are so easy to make? Now that you know, I hope you make a batch soon and enjoy them!
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Chocolate Covered Almonds
- 6½ ounces whole almonds (skinned or not)
- 7 ounces chocolate (good quality dark, milk or a combination)
- Chop the chocolate into small pieces.
- Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C). Place the almonds on a plain cookie sheet in a single layer, roast for 5-8 minutes. Remove from the pan and place in a small bowl, let cool. Do not leave the almonds on the hot cookie sheet or they will continue to bake.
- Melt half the chocolate either bain-marie or with the microwave (If you do it in the microwave, melt it in 30 second intervals and stir between each one until the chocolate is smooth). Add the remaining chopped chocolate to the bowl and stir until completely melted and smooth.
- Add the almonds to the melted chocolate and stir to coat them. Move the almonds one at a time with a fork, let the chocolate drip to remove any excess. Place the covered almonds on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place in the fridge for approximately 1-2 hours or until firm. Enjoy!
- You can also make almond clusters, using a large spoon (table or soup spoon) combine 5-6 almonds into a mound and place on the prepared cookie sheet.