Buttery toffee goodness that doesn’t come from a can.
Home made Almond Roca is a decadent treat – but one I knew I had to make when we were asked to participate in Baking for Kate – a food blogger bake sale for Kate, who is battling Stage IV breast cancer.
To raise money for Kate, food bloggers are joining together to hold a bake sale on May 24 & 25. I wanted to make something that you wouldn’t normally make yourself at home, but is a big splurge. And so, our hats are off to Carrie, the Frugal Foodie Mama, for organizing this compassionate bake sale.
This Almond Roca just melts in your mouth – and is rich and buttery and sweet. Fellow food bloggers – join us in baking for this worthy cause! Please go to Carrie’s Facebook page Baking for Kate and order some of this decadent deliciousness – we will happily ship you a ton of this. Don’t worry – if you run out, we’ll make more!
And Kate – we’re sending our love and best wishes your way!
HOME MADE ALMOND ROCA
1 pound butter
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 1/2 cups diced roasted lightly salted almonds
12 ounce bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
In a large sauce pan, bring the butter, sugar and molasses to a boil. Using a candy thermometer, boil until the mixture reaches 280 degrees, which will take from 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat.
While mixture is boiling, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Scatter 1/2 cup of almonds on top of foil.
Pour hot sugar mixture on top of almonds. Let cool for about 2 minutes, then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Wait about 2 minutes, until chips are softened. Spread the melted chips over top with a spatula. Sprinkle nuts on top. Let cool completely – it will take at least an hour to cool and set – and then break into pieces.
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