homemade almond roca

I have been working on Christmas presents lately...  Doing a lot of homemade this year, and having so much fun finding new, special things to make!

This recipe makes a delicious copycat Almond Roca...  And no, I haven't exactly decided who is getting this, but I hope whoever does enjoys it!!

Homemade Almond Roca Recipe
adapted from this recipe on Tasty Kitchen!

1 lb butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup water
2 cups chopped almonds
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds

In a large heavy pot, on high heat, cook together the butter, sugar and water, stirring constantly through 3 stages...  1. smooth and runny, 2. cheesy (like melted white cheese), and 3. smooth and golden brown.  Once the caramel mixture reaches the 3rd stage (smooth golden brown) remove the pot from the heat immediately and stir in the 2 cups chopped almonds.

Pour the mixture out onto a foil-lined and buttered baking sheet.  Let it set for a few minutes and then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.  After about 5 minutes, or when all the chocolate chips look shiny and soft, spread them out thinly and evenly all over the top of the caramel mixture in the pan.  Sprinkle the top with the 1/2 cup almonds and let cool completely.

(If your kitchen/house is too warm, you may need to put this into the fridge to finish cooling and setting the chocolate before breaking!)  Once the candy is completely cool and the chocolate has set, break it into pieces and store in Tupperware, in the fridge!

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