It’s that time of year. A time where it seems that everyone I know is posting pictures on facebook from a tropical island, holding a drink in a pineapple or coconut. I’d love to crawl in someone’s suitcase, but I’d definitely be over the weight limit. So, I decided to contribute to my weight instead. Ha!
This candy is awesome. It’s not an Almond Joy – there’s way more almonds than that. Almonds all through the candy, not just in a bite or two. Go ahead. Indulge in a little island paradise without leaving your kitchen!
Almond Coconut Candy
- 2 cups sliced almonds, roasted
- 2 cups flaked coconut (unsweetened is better)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup butter, cut into cubes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp coconut extract or vanilla extract
- 6 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 200°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Spread the coconut and almonds on the sheet pan in an even layer, and set them in the oven to warm. Butter a separate large sheet pan and set aside.
- In a 2-quart saucepan, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup and cream. Heat over medium until the mixture boils. If needed, you can use a wet pastry brush to ‘wash’ the side of the pot at any time.
- Insert a candy thermometer. Heat over medium heat until the temperature reaches about 280°F.
- Stir in the butter, one piece at a time, until it is all incorporated. It will BUBBLE LIKE CRAZY. Click the thermometer back on, and cook until the temperature comes back up to 280°F (the temp will drop when you add the butter).
- Remove the pot from the heat and add the warmed coconut and almonds, salt, baking soda, and coconut or vanilla extract. Stir well.
- Quickly dump the mixture onto the prepared cookie sheet. Using two forks, spread the mixture out into an even layer. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
- Place sheet pan in 200°F oven and let it warm about 20 minutes.
- Carefully take the pan out of the oven, and spread the melted chocolate evenly over the top of the candy. Let sit at least 4 hours (overnight is best), then break or cut into pieces.
- Ignore the dishes, laundry, etc. Kick up your feet, and watch an episode of Gilligan’s Island. 🙂