Friday, December 22, 2017

Homemade Chocolate Almond Turtles

Homemade Turtles easily made with almonds enveloped in sweet carmel and rich chocolate.

Homemade Chocolate Almond Turtles


 I love anything chocolate (minus white chocolate because I believe it is just a chocolate conspiracy). That being so, turtles are something of which I can eat 4 or 5 in a matter of seconds. This is the case with most anything chocolate for me.

During the Christmas and Holiday season however, turtles just seem to belong. Don't get me wrong, I'll eat them all year long as long as they are present. However, turtles just fit in with the holiday season and especially for Christmas.

Homemade Chocolate Almond Turtles
Although candy making may seem like a daunting task, these are incredibly easy and have worked out great for our family and allow you to look like an amateur Willy Wonka of sorts to your friends.

The watered-down instructions for these turtles are to first make the caramel, and while making the caramel, cluster a few almonds together on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a non stick pad. Once the caramel is done, use a spatula to drip it over the almonds until they are mostly covered (the caramel will run, but don't worry, once it cools you will be able to shape it to your liking). Melt the chocolate and place the hardened cluster in the melted chocolate coating the entire caramel. Remove and place back on sheet and refrigerate! That's it!

After your family and loved ones polish these off this year, they'll be left using the infamous words of Michael Scott, "WHERE ARE THE TURTLES!!!!!".

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays,

Keaton


Yield: 24 Turtles

Homemade Chocolate Almond Turtles

prep time: cook time: 30 MINStotal time: 30 mins

ingredients:

Caramel
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • dash of salt
  • dash of vanilla 
Chocolate & Almonds
  • 18 oz chocolate chips, a bar or two baking chocolate (I like to use semi-sweet)
  • bag of whole almonds

instructions

  1. Place butter in glass or ceramic bowl and heat in microwave for 5 minutes on power level 2 (may need to microwave longer at same level until butter is all melted)
  2. Remove from microwave and add corn syrup, sugars, sweetened condensed milk, and salt. Mix until all combined and microwave on highest power for 6 1/2 minutes (use candy thermometer and heat to 240°F).  While microwaving, place 6 - 9 almonds in clusters on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or not stick pad. 
  3. Once appropriate temperature, remove from microwave and mix in vanilla
  4. Pour caramel over almonds with spoon or spatula and let refrigerate until solidified
  5. Once caramel and almond clusters have solidified (and been shaped to your liking) place chocolate in glass or ceramic bowl and heat for 1 minute, remove and stir, and microwave in 20 second increments until chocolate is completely melted
  6. Dip solidified, caramel-almond clusters into melted chocolate immediately after melting chocolate, ensuring that cluster is coated completely and evenly.
  7. Remove cluster from chocolate with fork,  place on lined baking sheet, and let refrigerate until hardened and then enjoy!
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Ashton Swank
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