Last week after testing out some new dark chocolate bars I thought It’d be a good idea to try using them in a fun summer dessert.
So, after a few bites of each bar- I tossed ‘em in a saucepan on the stove top and got to work.
I was inspired to create these tasty lil’ nibbles after attending two Almond Board events last month where they had buckets upon buckets of every almond imaginable.
I’m talkin’ about everything from chocolate covered almonds to coconut chili almonds.
There were easily 30 different kinds of almonds to choose from. So, I simply grabbed a pretty candy bag and tossed a few of each inside.
Of course I tried each one.
But my favorite were the simple dark chocolate covered almonds.
So, after they were all gone (and in my belly)…
I figured I should make some myself.
And I did just that.
It’s a fairly simple recipe. I mean chocolate covered almonds can’t be that difficult to make, can they?
Just make sure you’ve got some really, really good dark chocolate.
I’m talkin’ really good.
Because it’s the good chocolate that makes these babies so tasty.
I used two Alter Eco dark chocolate bars that I found at Whole Foods Market last week. They were pretty darn fabulous to say the least.
I could have easily eaten each bar bite – by – bite.
But, instead I took a few bites and used ‘em for this recipe because I knew I wanted them to taste mighty fine.
These chocolate covered almonds rocked.my.world.
That pretty much sums it up.
So, now I’m ready to move to California to work for the Almond Board and a company that makes a mighty fine dark chocolate. Because they just might be my two favorite things right now. Yes, almonds and dark chocolate- who would’ve thought? I mean, for a (almost) 30 year old Manhattan gal you’d think Jimmy Choo’s and a Prada bag would be on my list of wants…
Ha- that was back in the day when I worked at VOGUE.
Now, I want the Prada and Jimmy Choo of food n’ kitchenware, hehe…
Hey- a girl can dream, can’t she?
I’ve been called the Carrie Bradshaw of Food. Except Carrie spent all her money on shoes- mine goes to food.
Anyway, back to the almonds and the dark chocolate, of course.
These were deliciously dense, a little on the grainy side and unlike any dark chocolate covered almond I’ve ever had. In the best way possible. I think it was my magic touch along with my two new favorite ingredients.
If you’re a fan of crunchy n’ sweet snacks (or desserts) you’ll love these. I was satisfied after eating a few and that never happens. Trust me.
I melted the dark chocolate on the stove top … and ended up eating most of it with a spoon straight outta the pot.
Oy! Belly ache.
I used two chocolate bars because what goes better with almonds than dark chocolate?
Ya, you might wanna run home and create this recipe. Stat.
Try keeping them in your freezer for a refreshing summer dessert. It will blow your mind.
- 2 cups roasted almonds
- 1 Tbsp. stevia
- 2 bars Alter Eco Dark Chocolate
- Break up chocolate bars into ½ inch pieces in a medium bowl; place bowl over simmering water on the stove top until melted.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine almonds with stevia and melted chocolate; stir until well coated.
- Transfer nuts to prepared baking sheets. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Store in an airtight container in the freezer.