We’re getting close to Christmas, and as promised for the next 12 days I will be sharing the secrets to my holiday treats and adding a couple newbies.
When I was a teenager I had the privilege of working in a candy shop. While working there I learned how to make most of the treats they made and sold. One year I was puzzled on what to give our close friends and families as a gift for Christmas. I remembered my sweet candy making skills and I’ve been giving the gift of cookies and candy ever since![recipe title=”Milk Chocolate Almond Clusters” difficulty=”easy”]
Day 1 is Milk Chocolate Almond Clusters
Let’s start off with something easy! These Milk Chocolate Almond Clusters are simple to make and delicious to taste.
You will need:
- 2 – 10 oz Packages of Milk Chocolate Chips (I Prefer Guittard or Ghirardelli)
- 3 1/2 – 4 cups Almonds (unsalted)
Parchment Paper & a Double Boiler (If you don’t have a double boiler you can do what I do and put a pan inside another pan or a glass bowl over a saucepan.)
Step 1. Line a large cookie sheet or your counter top with Parchment Paper
Step 2. Fill the bottom of your double boiler with a small amount of water maybe 1/2 cup or so. Place the other pan on top or your glass bowl. Heat at Low.
Step 3. Add the chocolate chips to the top pan and allow to melt, stirring occasionally. You’ll notice as the chocolate starts to melt. Keep stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
CAUTION: Be careful not to allow the water to boil or to start steaming from the bottom. If this happens turn off and remove the double boiler from the heat.
Step 4. Add your almonds to the melted chocolate and stir until they are evenly coated.
Step 5. CAREFULLY remove pan with the chocolate and almonds and lay it on a towel.
Step 6. Spoon out your almond and chocolate mixture and slowly lower it to the parchment paper. I always use my left pointer finger to help guide it onto the parchment paper. You will get a feel for how small or big you would like your clusters to be as you go along.
Step 7. Continue until you’re left with an empty bowl, let your Milk Chocolate Almond Clusters sit until hardened. Enjoy!!
Keep an eye out for Tomorrow’s Candy or Baked good recipe 😉 MERRY ALMOST CHRISTMAS![/recipe]