How to Make Chocolate Covered Almonds

Chocolate covered almonds are one of those snacks that you can never get enough of. They are crunchy, sweet, and satisfying, and they also have some health benefits. Almonds are rich in protein, fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants, while chocolate contains flavonoids that can lower blood pressure and improve mood.

Making chocolate covered almonds at home is not difficult at all. You only need two main ingredients: almonds and chocolate. You can also add some optional ingredients, such as coconut oil, sea salt, or spices, to enhance the flavor and texture of your chocolate covered almonds.

In this blog post, I will show you how to make chocolate covered almonds step by step, with tips and tricks to make them perfect every time. I will also answer some frequently asked questions about chocolate covered almonds, and give you some variations to try.

What You Need to Make Chocolate Covered Almonds

To make chocolate covered almonds, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Almonds: You can use raw or roasted almonds, depending on your preference. Raw almonds have a more mild flavor and softer texture, while roasted almonds have a more nutty flavor and crispier texture. You can roast your own almonds in the oven or buy them already roasted.
  • Chocolate: You can use any kind of chocolate you like, such as dark, milk, or white chocolate. Dark chocolate has a more intense flavor and less sugar, while milk and white chocolate have a creamier flavor and more sugar. You can also use vegan or sugar-free chocolate if you have dietary restrictions.

You will also need the following equipment:

  • A baking sheet: This is where you will spread the almonds and drizzle the chocolate over them.
  • Parchment paper: This is what you will line the baking sheet with to prevent the chocolate from sticking.
  • A microwave-safe bowl: This is where you will melt the chocolate in the microwave.
  • A spoon or a fork: This is what you will use to stir the chocolate and drizzle it over the almonds.

How to Make Chocolate Covered Almonds

Making chocolate covered almonds is very easy and takes only a few minutes. Here are the steps:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the almonds in an even layer.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, break the chocolate into small pieces and microwave for 15 seconds, then stir. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
  3. Drizzle the chocolate over the almonds, making sure to cover them as much as possible. You can use a spoon or a fork to do this.
  4. Refrigerate the baking sheet for at least 15 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
  5. Break apart the chocolate covered almonds and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks to Make Chocolate Covered Almonds Even Better

Here are some tips and tricks to make your chocolate covered almonds even better:

  • Use high-quality ingredients: The quality of your ingredients will affect the taste and texture of your chocolate covered almonds. Use fresh and unsalted almonds, and high-quality chocolate that has a smooth and shiny appearance.
  • Temper the chocolate: Tempering is a process of heating and cooling the chocolate to create a stable crystalline structure. This makes the chocolate more shiny, smooth, and snappy, and prevents it from melting easily or developing white spots. To temper the chocolate, you will need a candy thermometer and follow these steps:
    • Chop the chocolate into small pieces and reserve about 25% of it for later.
    • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the remaining 75% of the chocolate in 15-second intervals, stirring after each one, until it reaches 115°F (46°C) for dark chocolate or 110°F (43°C) for milk or white chocolate.
    • Add the reserved 25% of the chocolate and stir until it melts completely. This will lower the temperature of the melted chocolate and create seed crystals.
    • Keep stirring until the temperature drops to 90°F (32°C) for dark chocolate or 86°F (30°C) for milk or white chocolate. The chocolate is now tempered and ready to use.
  • Add some coconut oil: Coconut oil can help to thin out the chocolate and make it easier to coat the almonds. It also adds a subtle coconut flavor and makes the chocolate more shiny and smooth. You can add about 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per 6 ounces of chocolate.
  • Sprinkle some sea salt: Sea salt can add a nice contrast of flavor and texture to your chocolate covered almonds. It can also enhance the sweetness of the chocolate and the nuttiness of the almonds. You can sprinkle some sea salt over the chocolate before it sets, or use salted almonds instead of unsalted ones.
  • Add some spices: You can add some spices to your chocolate to give it some extra flavor and kick. For example, you can add some cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom for a warm and cozy flavor, or some chili powder, cayenne pepper, or ginger for a spicy and exotic flavor. You can add about 1/4 teaspoon of spice per 6 ounces of chocolate.

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FAQs About Chocolate Covered Almonds

Here are some frequently asked questions about chocolate covered almonds:

Can I use other nuts instead of almonds?

A: Yes, you can use other nuts instead of almonds to make chocolate covered nuts. You can use cashews, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, macadamias, or any nuts you like. Just follow the same steps as for chocolate covered almonds.

How long do chocolate covered almonds last?

A: Chocolate covered almonds can last for up to two weeks at room temperature, or up to a month in the refrigerator. However, if you tempered the chocolate, you don’t need to refrigerate them at all. Just keep them in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

How do I store chocolate covered almonds?

A: You can store your chocolate covered almonds in an airtight container or a ziplock bag. You can also wrap them individually in wax paper or candy wrappers for easy snacking or gifting.

Can I make chocolate covered almonds without a microwave?

A: Yes, you can make chocolate covered almonds without a microwave by using a double boiler. A double boiler is a set of two pots that fit together, with the bottom one filled with water and the top one holding the chocolate. To use a double boiler, follow these steps:
>Fill the bottom pot with water and bring it to a simmer over low heat.
>Place the top pot over the bottom pot and add the chocolate. Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the top pot.
>Stir the chocolate until it melts and becomes smooth.
>Proceed with the rest of the recipe as usual.

Conclusion

Chocolate covered almonds are a delicious and easy snack that you can make at home with just two ingredients: almonds and chocolate. You can also customize them with different flavors and toppings, such as coconut oil, sea salt, or spices.

If you want to learn more about how to make chocolate covered almonds or other chocolate recipes, check out this link for more ideas and inspiration.

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