Almond Bark Nuts

almond-bark-walnuts A few years ago, one of my teaching colleagues introduced me to almond bark.  It’s a type of baking chocolate that is very inexpensive (around $2 for a pound).  You can find it at WalMart (R) at Christmas time, but it is  available year round at some grocery stores.  I buy enough to use all year.  It comes in dark or white chocolate and you can do all kinds of things with it.  Almond Bark Nuts are the easiest thing to make—they take about 10 minutes to prepare a batch, and they taste great.  Here’s how to make them:

Ingredients:
Almond Bark (as much as you want, a pound makes about 3 dozen candies)
nuts (peanuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds—whatever is your favorite)

Directions:
1.  Melt almond bark in the microwave (30 seconds to 2 minutes depending on your oven and how much you are melting.  Check often.)
2.  Stir in enough chopped nuts to use up all the melted almond bark.
3.  Drop by spoonful onto waxed paper.
4.  They will be hard in about 30 minutes.

One package (a pound) will make 30-45 candies, depending on how big you make them.

If you use white chocolate, you can sprinkle them with sugar sprinkles to make them match whatever holiday you are celebrating.  Do this before they harden.  These little candies make great gifts because they are so inexpensive and taste so great.  They are also handy when you need to bring a dessert or goodie to a holiday party.  Students can make them as gifts for classroom volunteers.

The utensils all wash up easily in hot water, but I like to wipe them off first with paper towels.  If the chocolate has hardened already, just reheat them in the microwave and then wipe them clean.  (I feel uncomfortable about putting that softened chocolate down my drains—it’s got to harden along the way and who needs more gunk build-up?)

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