Go Nuts for Almond Roca

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If just the sight of that renowned pink container with gold foil-wrapped candies causes your mind to wander and you begin to salivate at the thought of the butter, chocolate and nut confection we all know as Almond Roca, then read on to find my DIY no-fail method!

This is not just a standard toffee with a few sprinkles of sliced almonds and a smear of chocolate. Rather it is a rich, molten toffee cradled deliciously in the arms of decadent sweet chocolate and its perfect partner, chopped nuts.  It is so much better than store-bought Roca, in my humble opinion.

I use pecans and walnuts, along with the almonds, because I feel it adds a slight nutty taste advantage over Almond Roca made solely with almonds. It rounds out the flavor. If you're a purist at heart, you can use almonds alone and forego the others... I won't tell.

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Step 1: Gather Ingredients and Tools

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  • 1 pound butter 
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (either semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup raw walnuts

  • 9" x 13" baking dish
  • Candy thermometer 
  • Food processor (shown in STEP 2)
  • Medium-sized heavy sauce pan
  • Stirring spoon
  • Sharp Knife

Step 2: Prep the Nuts and Chocolate

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In a food processor, finely chop one cup each of: 
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
Mix all the nuts in a bowl. Divide the nuts in half and put aside for now. 

There is no need to thoroughly clean the food processor after chopping the nuts. A bit of nut dust won't hurt while you prepare the chocolate. 

Add 2 cups of chocolate chips to the food processor.
Pulse the chocolate chips until they are broken into pieces about the size of rice. It will help the chocolate melt easier. 
bajablue1 year ago
Almond Roca is the most perfectly balanced food... EVER! Beautiful work... and now I'm craving chocolate... again! ;-p~
krissisj (author)  bajablue1 year ago
Thank you Baja! Your coconut chocolates look fabulous as well... and certainly more friendly to my waistline! I am definitely going to give them a try!
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krissisj (author)  Kimberly_REMOVED1 year ago
Thank you! :)
sshumaker1 year ago
These look delicious. This is my favorite candy. I am definitely adding it to the Christmas baking list as well as any other holiday or non-holiday that requires a fix.
krissisj (author)  sshumaker1 year ago
Thank you for the nice comment, sshumaker! Almond roca is definitely my favorite candy as well... so rich and buttery, you really can't go wrong using it as a gift for any holiday or special occasion. Thanks again!
Good tip about the Magic Pig Wand, I need to get me one of those. :D

These look lovely!
krissisj (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
:) Thank you! I think my wand is malfunctioning, darn it!