You know how when you go to the bulk bin section at the store and they state that they don’t want you sampling?
Yeah, I’m a rebel and I don’t abide by that.
Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing since I usually have Andrew with me, and I’m not sure if I’m teaching Andrew something “positive” but hey, living by the rules all the time is a little boring.
I can’t be the only one… right?
Anyway, in the bulk bin section we usually head to one thing: the dark chocolate covered almonds.
Those dark chocolate covered almonds are my way of bribing Andrew if I’m having a little bit of a difficult day with him. He likes to be in his ways and sometimes I can’t get him to stop playing with his toys so we can go to the store.
“Andrew, let’s go to the store and we can get chocolate almonds!”
That gets his attention, and then he tries to negotiate with me. “Five chocolate almonds,” he says.
I retaliate with a “No, three.”
He comes back and says, “Four.”
I say, “Done.”
Bribing is probably not the best thing to do but as I see it, I’d rather bribe then end the discussion in a huge tantrum. Sometimes Mama just does not have the patience of a tantrum.
However, the ingredient label on the dark chocolate is a little lower standard than what I usually would prefer. I see it as a treat so I don’t really fret over it but I couldn’t help to think that I probably could recreate it without a hitch.
The perk to recreating the dark chocolate covered almonds at home is being able to use my favorite soy-free chocolate in replacement of the chocolate that they use (which includes soy lecithin).
And when I tell you how incredibly easy it is to do so, well, pfft…
You’ll be thanking me a million times over. And I’ll just ask that you invite me over when you’re making a batch so I can indulge in your treat with you.
I mean, really… this is the easiest homemade chocolate covered almonds EVER.
You literally melt the soy-free dark chocolate chips in a double boiler (no worries if you don’t have one, you can still make these), put your almonds in little baking cup (bonus points if you have reusable ones), pour the melted chocolate over the almonds, and let them cool.
Tell me that isn’t the easiest recipe ever!
To add a little bit more of a health-conscious kick to them, you can first soak the almonds in a salt water, then dry them out in your dehydrator which makes them extra crispy — yum! This helps the almonds become more easily digestible and this added step really doesn’t take much work to do so.
Enjoy these homemade chocolate covered almonds throughout the year (duh) or they would make an excellent homemade gift for the holiday season (or I guess any season really — who doesn’t like receiving chocolate?).
- Double boiler (like this or just use a pot with a glass bowl over it)
- Baking cups
- Baking sheet or muffin tin, 1 or 2 depending how big they are and how many stacks you'll be making
- Silicone Christmas tree mold (I got mine at Michael's but this would work)
- 1 bag of your favorite soy-free dark chocolate chips (My favorite is Enjoy Life)
- ½ cup almonds to start, organic if possible (crispy almonds, optional)
- Pinch of unrefined kosher sea salt (I use this brand)
- Add water to the bottom pot for your double boiler and pour chocolate chips in the top pot. If you don't have a double boiler, pour your chocolate chips in a glass bowl and pour water into a pot that the bowl sits comfortably on.
- Turn the heat to medium; add a pinch of kosher sea salt
- Stir occasionally until melted
- While chocolate is melting, prepare your baking cups by placing a few almonds in each baking cup; place the baking cups on a baking sheet or in a muffin tin
- Once the chocolate has melted, pour the chocolate very slowly on top of the almonds. You'll only want a little so use your rubber spatula to help guide you
- Do this until all your almonds have been covered with chocolate
- If you want them a little prettier, take your spatula and lightly "dab" the tops of the almond stacks. You'll notice they slightly melt down.
- Pop them into your refrigerator and let harden completely (15-20 mins)
- Remove and store in a glass mason jar inside or outside of the refrigerator -- whichever you prefer
To Put a Little Christmas Spirit in Them
So, I had this genius idea when I was at Michael’s spending way too much money to make homemade chocolate covered almond Christmas trees!
All you have to do is:
- Take one of those Christmas tree shaped silicone molds (placed on top of a cutting board so it makes it easy to move to the refrigerator)
- Pour the melted chocolate in them
- Take your spatula to spread the chocolate so it completely spreads into the mold
- Squish the almonds in by hand (Don’t add the almonds first or you won’t have a pretty front mold)
- Transfer the chocolate molds to the refrigerator to cool and harden
- Place in cute little clear bags with twine for homemade gifts
Stay tuned for my “How to Ensemble the Perfect Handmade Stocking Stuffer Gift Bag” post. This will be published two weeks from now and I’ll share my other idea of how to create a cute little handmade gift bag to put in your loved ones stockings.