Chocolate covered almonds are a delectable treat, often given as gifts or favors during holidays or parties. Whole almonds are covered in dark, milk, or white chocolate, and can often be decorated with sprinkles or drizzles of chocolate. Flavored chocolates can also be used to add a unique touch to these candies. Keep reading to learn how to make chocolate covered almonds at home.
What Types of Chocolate Can Be Used?
Many different types of chocolate are available at grocery stores and specialty baking or craft stores. Choose a chocolate that matches your preference. For dark and rich almonds, go with very dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa. Milk chocolate is a good choice as the fat content adds a creaminess to the outside of the crunchy almonds. For a more neutral flavor and unique look, try using white chocolate as the coating.
Some chocolate bars contain nuts, marshmallows, or espresso beans. It is best to steer away from these bars because the fillings will not melt properly and can cause the almonds to look lumpy. Flavored chocolate bars such as orange or raspberry, however, make wonderful options to use because they will lend their flavors to the finished candy.
Candy melts are another option to coat almonds. These round disks are not technically chocolate but come in a variety of colors and flavors.
How to Safely Melt Chocolate
There are two methods to melt chocolate: a double-boiler or the microwave. When using a double-boiler method, fill the bottom saucepan with water but don’t fill it so full that it touches the top pot or heat-safe bowl. Add the chocolate to the top pot or heat-safe bowl, and bring the double-boiler to a low boil over medium heat. Turn off the heat and stir the chocolate with a rubber spatula until it has fully melted.
To use a microwave to melt chocolate, add the chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl and heat at 40% power for 1 minute. Stir the chocolate, and return to the microwave, melting in 15 to 30-second increments until the chocolate has fully melted and can be stirred smooth.
Dipping the Almonds
Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Add whole almonds to the bowl of melted chocolate, and use two forks to toss the almonds so that they become fully coated in melted chocolate. Use the forks to remove each almond individually and place them on the prepared baking sheets, ensuring that the almonds don’t touch. Allow the chocolate to harden in a cool location. Decorate the almonds before they dry if you will be using sprinkles, or wait for the almonds to dry before adding chocolate drizzle in an alternate color or flavor. Store the chocolate covered almonds in an airtight container or zip-top bag, or package them up to give as gifts.
Using Other Types of Nuts
This method works well for many types of nuts. Pistachios covered in chocolate have a delightfully sweet and salty flavor. Walnuts are chewy and pair well with dark chocolate. Pecans, macadamia nuts, and Brazil nuts also make excellent choices.
If you do not want to separate each almond as you dip them in chocolate, you can use a spoon to scoop out spoonfuls and drop them onto the prepared baking sheets. You can also buy premade nut clusters. They will take slightly longer to harden but will form little mountains of nuts. This works well with any type of nut and chocolate that you wish to use.