Saturday, December 29, 2012

Chocolate Covered Almonds and Cranberries

Growing up, we had plenty of almonds...I remember picking the almonds in the hot sun, I remember the itchy feeling from the almond trees.
The thing is, almonds are good for you (pretty much like any other nut).
I am very blessed that when my parents come, they replenish my almond stash.
Here is a traditional recipe of Southern Italian chocolate covered almonds...with a spin.
The ingredients of the chocolate covered almonds and cranberries are very simple: 10oz. chocolate
2c. almonds
1c. cranberries
See, recipes are usually pretty simple around here.

Dark chocolate is best, dark Swiss chocolate even better.
Toast the almonds in a 350 oven for 10-15 minutes.
Melt the chocolate in a "double boiler"...aka, 1 small pot with chocolate pieces over 1 large pot with boiling water.

When the chocolate is melted, 
add the toasted almonds and the cranberries.
Spoon it out onto a sheet of aluminum foil and let it cool. (you can put in the fridge to speed up the process)

A dessert that is good for you.

I am adding this to our New Year's Eve Menu.

Stay Frugal,


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh it must be wonderful to pick your own almonds, these candies look amazing! Happy New Year to you!

NanaDiana said...

Those sound wonderful, Dani. I love almonds but have never picked them. Some things are just worth the itch, you know? xo Diana


Kelly said...

I continue to learn more and more about your heritage. That is always fun. This is a healthy treat for sure! I like the cranberries being added.

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

I KNOW that is scrumptious! Woe to me, the price of almonds is so outrageous here, lucky you to have your mom bring them to you. I can imagine the joy of picking almonds in warm sunshine. With the nasty weather we are having, doing anything in warm sunshine would be a joy to me!! (Well, maybe not picking cotton, which is not joyous, and is most certainly itchy!)

Anonymous said...

That looks awesome!! Only thing stopping me from getting to it is I'd be the only one in the house to eat them. My guys won't touch cranberries, and I'm trying to lose weight, not gain it. :-)
Happy New Yew, Daniele

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Yum! We bought some almond cherry clusters like these, I bet the cranberries are really good.

Unknown said...

these look so delicous Daniela - and easy too - my kind of dessert!!!

Unknown said...

Not only do I LOVE your recipes, but hearing your story and memories behind them means so much. Wishing you much abundance in 2013 Dani!!

xoxo, Tanya

Claudine from said...

It looks yummy!!! Just came over form WOW US Wed.

Claudine from said...

It looks yummy!!! Just came over form WOW US Wed.

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

We had an almond tree growing up but I don't remember ever getting many almonds out of it. Boy would we have loved to have made these. Looks so good!

Libby said...

I can already imagine the deliciousness way over here. I must admit that I've not been a fan of nuts for my whole life, but in the last year or two I'm been an almond-addict!

Moe said...

I keep seeing this post and it keeps making me really want some of these. But alas I am feeling lazy and don't want to make any of these. So I am going to need you to come be my next door neighbor and bake me some. Haha

Unknown said...

Yum, I already have those 3 in my cabinet and will give this a try!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
Such a healthy snack indeed. With the big blocks of dark chocolate, from Trader Joe's this works perfect and for all of us without having access to fresh almonds, those bags at Costco are great, also their cranberries!
Thanks for always sharing this goodness.