Almond Joys

If I’m not mistaken, the most wonderful time of the year comes out of the middle of nowhere each year. It seems as if the holidays arrive faster than the year before. What feels like a few months ago has already been a year since last Thanksgiving and Christmas. While everyone is planning their menus for what to cook for thanksgiving and Christmas, I am beginning my list of sweet treats to bake. My career as a Chef doesn’t give me the option to have the holidays off to spend with family and friends. In lieu of my absence this year I would like to put together mini cookie boxes to send home to my friends and family as a Thank You for loving me and being there for me with your support and a gift to show I’m thinking of them this holiday season.

Along with cookies I’m going to include one or two of my favorite candies. I went through phases growing up of what my favorite candy was. I’ve loved them all and rarely indulge in them anymore now that I’ve read the labels and don’t understand half the crap that is added into candy, plus its not healthy with the diabetes that lingers in my family background.  It’s okay to love dark chocolate though and lately I’ve been on an almond joy kick. I don’t know why anyone would dislike almond joy’s. They are made from 4 healthy and yummy ingredients (if made at home of course!). If your on an AJ kick as well, I urge you to try this recipe. As you can tell by the above photo, my chocolate skills are not the best, but I’m not too concerned about the look of it because the taste is spot on. Forget buying this candy from the store. If your doing a lot of baking for the holidays you should add in some candy as well.

Active Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 35 Minutes

Yield: 8 Each

Recipe Credit: Deliciously Organic

Mise en Place (Ingredients):

-2 Cups Shredded Coconut

-1/3 Cup Maple Syrup

-16 Almonds

-12 Ounces Dark Chocolate, melted

Other Tools:

-Double boiler

-Food processor

-Sheet Tray

-Wire rack for sheet tray

-Spatula

Method of Prep:

-Process maple syrup and coconut until moist and clumps together.

-Form mixture into ovals. (Approximately 1.5 tablespoons worth of mixture each)

-Place an 2 almonds on top of each mound.

-Melt chocolate over a double boiler until smooth.

-Spoon chocolate over each mound.

-Refrigerate for 10 minutes until firm.

Enjoy!

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Driven2Eat

Food & Wine connoisseur, I love to make beautiful things even if nobody cares. Nikon D3100 photo journalist and writer. I've started this blog to share my enthusiasm of the culinary world among other personal interests with folks who maintain involvement in the food world and to enliven others who want to develop a love for cooking, crafting and wellness. Be active, be healthy, be happy. Thanks for stopping by! Cheers :)

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