Almond Buttercrunch Candy

Almond Buttercrunch Candy recipe featuring homemade Honeycomb and loads of chocolate and almonds. It’s an addictive holiday treat!

Almond Buttercrunch Candy recipe featuring homemade Honeycomb and loads of chocolate and almonds. It's an addictive holiday treat!

If you’re like me, you love a good piece of candy around the holidays. Especially when it’s homemade! This almond buttercrunch candy is delicious and features a honeycomb that will have your taste buds singing. Plus, there’s lots of chocolate to top it off. It’s the perfect sweet treat for any occasion!

If you’re looking for a delicious and festive candy to make for your next holiday gathering, look no further than this Almond Buttercrunch Candy recipe!

Who doesn’t love a good holiday treat? Especially one that is festive, delicious, and surprisingly easy to make!

This Almond Buttercrunch Candy is definitely one of the best holiday treats I’ve ever made! If you’re looking for a delicious (and easy) way to impress your guests, this is it. Enjoy!

Almond Buttercrunch Candy recipe featuring homemade Honeycomb and loads of chocolate and almonds. It's an addictive holiday treat!
Almond Buttercrunch Candy recipe featuring homemade Honeycomb and loads of chocolate and almonds. It's an addictive holiday treat!

How to Make the Best Homemade Candy!

Proper timing is one of the keys to success with this recipe.

For example, you’ll want to add the baking soda and vanilla extract to the hot candy mixture as soon as you remove it from heat.

Plus, you’ll also want to have the ground chocolate chips ready in advance to spread on top of the hot candy mixture right away so it melts from the heat.

Therefore, be sure to have all ingredients measured, prepped, and nearby before you start preparing this recipe.

Equipment Needed to Make Buttercrunch Candy

Food Processor – If you don’t have a food processor you could also just chop the almonds by hand. It’s WAY fast just to use a food processor though.

Candy Thermometer – You will absolutely need a candy thermometer with a pot clip attachment in order to be successful.

About the Ingredients for Homemade Buttercrunch Candy

Almonds – We will be using both whole and sliced almonds.

Butter – Unsalted butter is best here, but you can use salted if that is all you have on hand. Just halve the amount of additional salt.

Chocolate chips – You can use any level of sweetness you like. Milk chocolate, semi sweet, or dark chocolate. It’s up to you.

White sugar – Don’t use any other kind of sweetener unless you want to risk it not working.

Corn syrup – Ditto

Vanilla – Pure vanilla extract is best but you can use artificial vanilla extract if that is all you have on hand.

Baking soda – Make sure the baking soda is fresh and active for best results.

Almond Buttercrunch Candy recipe featuring homemade Honeycomb and loads of chocolate and almonds. It's an addictive holiday treat!

Looking for More Holiday Dessert Recipes?

Check out one of my favourite Christmas desserts!

A delicious recipe for gingersnap cookies made with molasses that is soft, chewy, and perfect for the holiday season!

Learn how to make the traditional German Christmas cookies, Pfeffernusse. These powdered spice cookies are a real festive holiday treat.

Almond Buttercrunch Candy recipe featuring homemade Honeycomb and loads of chocolate and almonds. It's an addictive holiday treat!

How to Make Almond Buttercrunch Candy

Yields: 6-8 Servings | Prep time: 15 mins (+ time to chill) | Cook time: 25 mins

Ingredients:

1 c. blanched whole almonds
½ c. sliced almonds
½ c. + 2 T. unsalted butter, divided
1½ c. chocolate chips, divided
1¼ c. white sugar
2 T. water
1 T. corn syrup
¼ t. salt
1 t. real vanilla extract
1 t. baking soda

Directions:

Place top oven rack in the center positions and pre-heat oven to 350°F.

Whole and sliced almonds laid out on a baking sheet.

Spread whole almonds on a baking sheet into a single layer without overcrowding and place in the pre-heated oven for 5-6 minutes.

Remove baking sheet from oven and push the whole almonds to one side of the baking sheet, as shown. Pour the sliced almonds on the other side and spread into a thin, even layer. Return baking sheet to the oven for another 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Whole roasted almonds being ground up in a food processor.

Place the toasted whole almonds in a food processor and pulse until only a few larger pieces remain. Set aside.

Melt two tablespoons butter in the microwave and set aside.

Parchment folded to make a sling and laid out inside a baking pan.

Create a sling from parchment paper, and line an 8” x 8” baking pan with it. Pour the melted butter onto the parchment paper and spread evenly across the bottom and the sides of the baking pan.

Butter melted over the parchment and a layer of ground almonds sprinkled over.

Sprinkle half the ground almonds onto the greased parchment paper, as shown, in an even layer in and set aside.

Melted chocolate spread out over the almonds.

Pour one-half cup chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high, stirring every 20-25 seconds, until completely melted. Remove from microwave and pour the melted chocolate over the ground almonds. Spread into an even layer with a spatula and place in the refrigerator just until set.

Add the remaining chocolate chips to the food processor and pulse until chopped small. Set aside.

Place a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add remaining butter, sugar, water, and corn syrup and stir continually until the butter is completely melted, approximately 5-6 minutes.

Butter and sugar melted in a large pot with a candy thermometer in it.

Stop stirring and add the candy thermometer to the saucepan (without touching the bottom) once the mixture begins to bubble.

The candy mixture is boiling and temperature on the candy thermometer shows it has reached the hard crack stage.

Reduce heat to just below medium and continue to cook until the mixture reaches between 290°F – 295°F.

Stirring in baking soda and the candy mixture is bubbling up and getting airy.

Remove from heat and immediately stir in the vanilla extract and baking soda.

Candy mixture being poured over the chocolate base in the pan.

Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish and gently tap on the counter until the hot candy mixture is level.

Chocolate being levelled out over the candy.

Add the ground chocolate chips in an even layer across the top.

Chocolate should be melted and smoothed out in a layer over the candy.

Spread with a spatula until melted and smooth, as shown.

Ground almonds sprinkled over the chocolate.

Sprinkle the remaining ground almonds in an even layer on top, and finish with the toasted sliced almonds.

Sliced almonds in a layer on top of everything.

Press down gently with your fingers to make sure the almonds adhere to the layer of chocolate.

Place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes, or just until set.

Using the parchment paper sling to get the candy out of the baking pan.

Remove from refrigerator and lift the parchment paper from the pan.

Using a knife to break up the cooled off candy.

Place the candy on a cutting board and carefully break apart with the tip of a sharp knife into individual pieces, as shown.

Broken up candy pieces on a cutting board, they are quite large pieces.

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks.  Enjoy!

Almond Buttercrunch Candy
Yield: 6-8 Servings

Almond Buttercrunch Candy

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Almond Buttercrunch Candy recipe featuring homemade Honeycomb and loads of chocolate and almonds. It’s an addictive holiday treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 c. blanched whole almonds
  • ½ c. sliced almonds
  • ½ c. + 2 T. unsalted butter, divided
  • 1½ c. chocolate chips, divided
  • 1¼ c. white sugar
  • 2 T. water
  • 1 T. corn syrup
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 1 t. real vanilla extract
  • 1 t. baking soda

Instructions

  1. Place top oven rack in the center positions and pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spread whole almonds on a baking sheet into a single layer without overcrowding and place in the pre-heated oven for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Remove baking sheet from oven and push the whole almonds to one side of the baking sheet, as shown.
  4. Pour the sliced almonds on the other side and spread into a
    thin, even layer. Return baking sheet to the oven for another 4-5 minutes.Remove from oven and set aside.
  5. Place the toasted whole almonds in a food processor and pulse until only a few larger
    pieces remain. Set aside.
  6. Melt two tablespoons butter in the microwave and set aside.
  7. Create a sling from parchment paper, as shown, and line an 8” x 8” baking pan with it.
  8. Pour the melted butter onto the parchment paper and spread evenly across the bottom and the sides of the baking pan.
  9. Sprinkle half the ground almonds onto the greased parchment paper, as shown, in an even layer in and set aside.
  10. Pour one-half cup chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high, stirring every 20-25 seconds, until completely melted.
  11. Remove from microwave and pour the melted chocolate over the ground almonds. Spread into an even layer with a spatula and place in the refrigerator just until set.
  12. Add the remaining chocolate chips to the food processor and pulse until chopped
    small. Set aside.
  13. Place a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add remaining butter, sugar, water,
    and corn syrup and stir continually until the butter is completely melted, approximately 5-6 minutes.
  14. Stop stirring and add the candy thermometer to the saucepan (without touching the bottom) once the mixture begins to bubble.
  15. Reduce heat to just below medium and continue to cook until the mixture reaches between 290°F - 295°F.
  16. Remove from heat and immediately stir in the vanilla extract and baking soda. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish and gently tap on the counter until the hot candy mixture is level.
  17. Add the ground chocolatechips in an even layer across the top and spread with a spatula until melted and smooth, as shown.
  18. Sprinkle the remaining ground almonds in an even layer ontop, and finish with the toasted sliced almonds. Press down gently with your fingers to make sure the almonds adhereto the layer of chocolate.
  19. Place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes, or just until set.
  20. Remove from refrigerator and lift the parchment paper from the pan. Place the candy on a cutting board and carefully break apart with the tip of a sharp knife into individual pieces, as shown.
  21. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator
    for up to 2-3 weeks.  Enjoy!

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