Fix Me A Snack

A blog created by a mom who got sick of feeding her kids crackers and ice cream

Meet my ‘it’ snack of the moment. It’s crunchy. It’s simple and easy to prepare. It’s salty and sweet. And last but not least, there’s the chocolate! We all love these little nuts. I have no idea why oh why it’s taken me so long to pull this together. If I had come up with it three years ago when I started thinking about healthier kid snacks, I might have considered the case closed and never started this blog of mine.

Salted Chocolate Almonds Recipe

This recipe is easily doubled. It would also probably be insanely good with smoked salt if you happen to have any on hand. If you don’t have almonds, use cashews!

1 cup roasted unsalted almonds
1/2 cup (3 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli)
1/2 teaspoon (give or take – more is more) kosher salt

Melt the chocolate chips gradually in a double boiler or in the microwave. If using the microwave, proceed with caution and set the power level to 20% for a minute at a time. After a few minutes, the chips should not appear melted, but should be soft enough to stir into a semi-smooth mass with a silicone/rubber spatula. Stir for a good thirty seconds or more. The warm bits of chocolate will gradually melt all of the firmer chips as the heat is redistributed. If you heat the chocolate too much, it will turn into a coarse chalky mass (from which it is impossible to recover). Melting it gently and keeping it away from moisture of any kind will allow the chocolate to keep its temper and be shiny when it cools.

Once the melted chocolate is ready, add the almonds to the bowl and stir to coat. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread the nuts into a single layer. Sprinkle with salt and allow to dry. This should take about ten minutes. Break apart any huge clusters of almonds and serve. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: 1 1/4 cups
Prep-time: 15 minutes (including drying time)

Related posts:

  1. Almond Bon Bons
  2. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
  3. Chocolate Cinnnamon Pudding

6 Comments

  1. Amy
    3:39 pm on May 3rd, 2011

    Cindy, the Trader Joes version are one of my favorite snacks ever! Can’t wait to make these. Maybe even tonight :)

  2. These look delicious! My kids actually like plain roasted almonds but these would be a fun treat to have on occasion. And we’re glad you didn’t make these three years ago and call it a day…otherwise we wouldn’t have all your other wonderful ideas!

  3. Darienne
    12:38 am on May 4th, 2011

    Yum! Good timing — I was looking for a quick, awesome treat for some deserving folks. I think I’ll try this with a bit of rosemary too. Looks great!

  4. Wow, this looks fantastic. I second the motion! Why, oh why, did it take you so long to come up with this idea. this looks AMAZING. I am bookmarking this RIGHT NOW.

  5. Lisa
    9:17 pm on May 6th, 2011

    am I the only one who opened the page and said, eek! chocolate covered bugs! (sigh of relief) it’s just the way the chocolate tailed off…I’m surprised these lasted long enough for you to take a photo.

  6. Cindy
    10:22 am on May 11th, 2011

    Sorry I frightened you Lisa. I didn’t see the bug thing at all. But now I do!