Almond Roca is a staple sweet treat for family during the holidays. It takes very little time and effort to prepare at home, and makes the perfect homemade gift idea for the toffee lover in your life. The best part about making it from scratch is that you can use any kind of chocolate or nut variety you like. I personally love dark chocolate with almonds and cashews, but you can use milk chocolate or white chocolate, or any other nut variety you like best.
Adapted from Simply Recipes
• 1 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup water
• 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
• 1/2 pound butter (two sticks)
• 2 cups raw almonds
• Pinch of Salt
• 1/2 bag (6 oz) chocolate chips
Spread the almonds out on a cookie sheet and bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes, stirring every five minutes, until roasted. Remove from heat and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Chop finely and set aside.
Line your cookie sheet with parchment or a silpat mat and set aside.
Pour the sugar, water, corn syrup and butter into a medium sized heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. While stirring, allow the mixture to come to a rolling boil. Once the mixture begins to boil, stir constantly and allow to cook for another ten minutes. Once the mixture has turned a deep amber, remove from heat and add half of the chopped almonds that you set aside earlier. Add another pinch of salt, and stir until almonds are incorporated.
Spread the mixture over your parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet. Using the back of a spoon or spatula, spread the mixture as thin as it will go. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the hot mixture and let sit for two minutes until the chocolate has melted. Spread the chocolate over the toffee as evenly as possible, and top with the other half of the nuts before the chocolate hardens.
Let sit until hardened at room temperature. Break into bite sized pieces, and store in an airtight container until ready to eat.
• Avoid making candy on a humid day.
• Avoid double batches. If you want to make twice the amount, it’s best to do it in two separate batches.
• Sprinkle some coarse sea salt over the chocolate and nuts for added flavor.
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