December 8, 2011

Homemade Gift Week: Cocoa Almonds {Naptime Webisode}

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For this webisode I am demonstrating how to make delicious cocoa almonds. They make fantastic holiday gift and are incredibly simple to make during naptime or whenever you have a free moment. Today I am making them while my daughter is at school! To give them as gifts I like to package them up in clear plastic bags or to-go containers lined with parchment paper. Everyone loves them this way and they make a great holiday party nibble.

Cocoa Almonds

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Cocoa Almonds


 13 ounces unblanched almonds
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
¼ cup water
¾ cup cocoa powder


1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Spread the almonds out on a lined cookie sheet and toast them for 15 minutes in the oven, or until fragrant and golden brown.

2. Carefully put the almonds in a large saucepan with the water and sugar and turn the heat to medium. Bring the sugar water to a boil and stir the almonds continuously until the water has dissolved and the almonds are coated in sugar. Immediately remove them from the heat and spread them back out on the lined cookie sheet to cool for two minutes.

3. Place the almonds in a heatproof bowl and toss them with the cocoa powder, adding more if necessary and stir everything until the almonds are evenly coated with the cocoa powder.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

To package these for gifts try placing them in a clear plastic treat bag and tying it with a pretty ribbon. Or, package them in a take-out container lined with parchment paper.

Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes total


Naptime Reviews

Everyone loves these pretty gifts and they are especially great for hostesses!



7 Responses to “Homemade Gift Week: Cocoa Almonds {Naptime Webisode}”

  1. Errinfiend says:

    Shared this recipe on Facebook!  I love cocoa almonds. 🙂

  2. […] If you still have lots of names to cross of your gift list, try whipping up a big batch of these cocoa almonds, then divide them up into little clear plastic treat bags tied with a festive holiday ribbon. Kelsey Banfield says these almonds “make fantastic holiday gift and are incredibly simple to make” in about 20 minutes. (The Naptime Chef) […]

  3. laurel says:

    Homemade Christmas Cookies!!! YUM!!

  4. […] 1. Cocoa Almonds: These simply sweet chocolate candied almonds are perfect for last minute gifts. They take less than ten minutes to make and look wonderful packaged simply in clear plastic bags. […]

  5. Carmen says:

    I always have to make homemade caramels and truffles for Christmas

  6.  Yummy! These home made cookies when wrapped in a clean nice box can be given away as a holiday gift.