Almond Coconut Candy


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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Insert a candy thermometer.  Heat over medium heat until the temperature reaches about 280°F.
  4. 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).
  5. Remove the pot from the heat and add the warmed coconut and almonds, salt, baking soda, and coconut or vanilla extract.  Stir well.
  6. 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.
  7. Place sheet pan in 200°F oven and let it warm about 20 minutes.
  8. 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.
  9. Ignore the dishes, laundry, etc.  Kick up your feet, and watch an episode of Gilligan’s Island. 🙂

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