Savor the rich, buttery goodness of this homemade almond roca recipe. This simple yet irresistible recipe combines crunchy almonds, buttery toffee, and smooth melted chocolate to create a delicious treat perfect for any occasion. Plus, this recipe comes together perfectly with no need for corn syrup.
Whether you're craving a delightful dessert or a sweet pick-me-up on a rainy day, this easy almond roca recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings and become a beloved favorite.
Like my Pecan pie bark, I love packing homemade almond roca candy in small tissue-lined boxes or mason jars for a fun and unique homemade candy gift. Be sure to check out our time-saving tips following the recipe.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Simple ingredients
- Easy homemade candy
- Perfect for any occasion
- Great idea for homemade gifts
- Irresistible buttery toffee flavor
- Crunchy almonds add texture
- It's a huge hit at gatherings
I have made this recipe for Christmas, birthdays and Father's Day as a great edible gift!
Ingredients for Copycat Almond Roca
Ingredients for this homemade almond roca recipe
- Brown sugar - I used light brown sugar, but you can use dark if you want.
- Butter - Use real butter, margarine won't work well.
- Sliced almonds - I like buying my almonds in bulk from the big box stores. It is much more economical and you can store the almonds in the freezer. Be sure to pick up sliced almonds.
- Chocolate chips - I use semi-sweet baking chips, but milk chocolate chips work well too! Your choice.
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- White Chocolate Bark - Another great bark recipe with a white chocolate twist.
Equipment and kitchen tools
- Instant-read thermometer
How to make easy homemade almond roca
Toast almonds in a skillet or oven.
Sprinkle ½ cup of the toasted almonds in a 13" x 9" pan.
In a medium saucepan, combine butter and sugar over medium-high heat.
Cook until the mixture reaches 280°F, stirring often.
Once it reaches 280°, pour the sugar caramel mixture over the almonds.
Heat chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl at 30-second intervals until melted. Stir well.
Pour chocolate over the caramel layer.
Top with additional almonds and allow to set for at least 3-4 hours.
Once the candy is set, break it apart carefully with a butterknife or spatula.
- Tips for the Best Results
- Use room temperature butter for easier mixing.
- Stir the butter and sugar mixture continuously to prevent burning.
- Ensure the toffee reaches 280°F for the perfect texture.
- Allow the almond roca to cool completely before breaking it into pieces.
- Store it in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a couple of weeks.
- You can use salted or unsalted almonds for this recipe.
- You can pre-toast the almonds ahead of time so that they are ready when you are ready to make the candy.
- Make an extra batch and give some away to neighbors or friends.
- Keep almonds in the freezer to stay fresh.
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Substitutions and Variations
- Substitute milk chocolate or white chocolate for the semi-sweet chocolate for a different flavor.
- Add a splash of vanilla extract to the toffee mixture for extra flavor.
- Use chopped pecans or walnuts instead of almonds for a variation on the classic recipe.
- Add some sprinkles or extra chopped almonds to the top of the candy. You could also sprinkle chocolate chips or chopped pieces of chocolate bars on top.
FAQs About This Recipe
Yes, you can substitute your favorite nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, for the sliced almonds.
When stored in a sealed container in a cool place, homemade almond roca can last for up to a couple of weeks. You can also store it in the fridge for up to 2 months.
While a candy thermometer ensures the toffee reaches the correct temperature, you can also perform a cold water test by dropping a small amount of the toffee mixture into cold water. If it hardens into brittle threads, it's ready.
Almond Roca Recipe
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup butter
- ¾ cup sliced almonds
- 1 12 oz package chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- Toast almonds in a skillet or oven.
- Sprinkle ½ cup of the toasted almonds in a 13" x 9" pan.
- In a medium saucepan, combine butter and sugar over medium-high heat.
- Cook until mixture reaches 280°F, stirring often.
- Once it reaches 280°, pour sugar caramel mixture over almonds.
- Heat chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl at 30-second intervals until melted. Stir well.
- Pour chocolate over the caramel layer.
- Top with additional almonds and allow to set at least 3-4 hours.
- Once the candy is set, break apart carefully with a butterknife or spatula.
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