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Chocolate Almond Candy: it’s a DIY gift your friends and family will actually want to receive! And I’ve got 2 variations for you to choose from!

two jars of Chocolate Almond Candy two ways with the cocoa chili in the front and the sweet and salty in the back.

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DIY Gifts: Chocolate Almond Candy, 2 Ways

A jar of Chocolate Almond Candy with salt on top

I recently did a poll in my Instagram stories and you guys indicated that you wanted more DIY holiday gifts. So I’ve got you here with a double doozy! By the way, if you don’t follow me on there already, you totally should. If not for any other reason but the fact that my stories show all the parenting hot-mess glory- no Pinterest perfect here and it can often be hilarious!

Anyway, I don’t know about you, but I seriously love those fantastic chocolate covered almonds at Trader Joe’s. It’s kind of dangerous because if I buy them, I end up eating the whole container in one day! So I figured they’d be a great gift to make and give.

A jar of Chocolate Almond Candy covered in cocoa and chili.

I also figured you guys would like some good variations to keep it interesting. The first one is Chocolate Covered Almonds with Cocoa and Chili. These have a slight zing from the chili powder (I used Ancho Chili powder for a nice kick- I’m not linking it in here because it’s crazy expensive on Amazon but the one I used was featured in the this recipe) and are a nice unexpected twist in your usual chocolate covered almonds.

The second variation are Salty Sweet Chocolate Covered Almonds. For these, I sprinkled a little bit of coarse kosher salt over the chocolate covered almonds before they set which adds a nice bit of savory flavor to the candy sweetness.

Chocolate Almond Candy with salt coming out of a jar that fell over.

A few tips for making Homemade Chocolate Almond Candy:

  1. Line your pan– I used my Silpats (which I seriously love in general) but even parchment or wax paper is a great option to keep them for sticking and make clean up a breeze!
  2. Don’t rush– these come out much prettier if you take take your time. You’ll also make less of a mess overall.
  3. Don’t overload your bowl of cocoa– if you’re making the Chocolate Covered Almonds with Cocoa Chili, put each almond into the chili powder individually so they don’t stick together. I dropped a few a time into the powder, but aimed for separate spots in the bowl so they wouldn’t stick together. And make sure you use a big enough bowl- I used this one.
  4. Use course salt– For the Sweet and Salty Chocolate Covered Almonds I used course kosher salt, but a Coarse Sea Salt or even Malden Salt Flakes would also work. Regular table salt or fine salt will heed a candy that is way over-salted. It’s all about balance.
  5. Store them in the refrigerator– They’ll last longer instead of melting into each other.

Jars of Chocolate Almond Candynext to each other with decorations in the background

Homemade Chocolate Almond Candy, 2 Ways

20 minPrep Time

2 minCook Time

22 minTotal Time

Yields 2 cups

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Ingredients

    For the chocolate covered almonds:
  • 1 10 ounce bag of good quality dark chocolate chunks or chips
  • 1 12 ounce bag of dry roasted, unsalted whole almonds
  • For the Cocoa and Chili variation:
  • 2/3 cup high quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-4 teaspoons chili powder (I used Ancho chili powder and the amount can vary based on how spicy you want them)
  • 2 generous pinches kosher salt
  • For the Sweet and Salty variation:
  • Course salt to taste (I used course Kosher salt but you can also use coarse Sea Salt or Malden Salt flakes)

Instructions

    For both types of almonds:
  1. Place the chocolate chips into a medium microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir.
  3. Microwave for 30 more seconds and stir.
  4. Microwave for 10 second increments, stirring in between until the chocolate is fully melted.
  5. Pour the almonds into the melted chocolate and stir until all the almonds are fully coated.
  6. Add cocoa powder, chili powder and salt in a small bowl.
  7. Whisk well until fully combined.
  8. While the chocolate is still wet, use a fork to take each chocolate coated almond and roll it in the cocoa mixture (don't pour them all into the cocoa at once, it will be a big, sticky mess!).
  9. Gently tap the excess cocoa mixture off the almonds and place them on a lined baking sheet.
  10. Refrigerate for at least an hour to set and store them in the refrigerator for up to a couple weeks (if they last that long!).
  11. For the Sweet and Salty variation:
  12. Use a fork to take each almond out of the bowl of chocolate and place them onto a lined baking sheet (do them one at a time so they don't all stick together!).
  13. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle course salt evenly over the top to taste (place your hand higher above the pan for more even distribution).
  14. Refrigerate for at least an hour to set and store them in the refrigerator for up to a couple weeks (if they last that long!).

Notes

If you want to do both variations in one batch, halve the amount of cocoa, chili and pinches of salt from the Cocoa and Chili variation.

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