I used to have a terrible sweet tooth. Terrible. My dad told me I got it from my Grandma. My mom said I got it from her. Who’s to tell? All I know is that as I’ve gotten older it’s sort of fizzled out. I don’t crave sweets much anymore, it’s savory that gets my mouth watering.
Except for one thing.
There is this chocolate bar at Whole Foods that I treat myself to every now and then. It’s dark chocolate with chunks of almonds and a sprinkle of sea salt.
As heavenly as the chocolate bar may be, I’m not the kind of girl to eat the whole thing in one sitting. I’ll break off a square and tuck the rest away (read: hide in a secret place) to save for another day, another craving. The last time I got my beloved chocolate bar it was a disappointment. The flavor just fell flat.
As I was messing around in the kitchen the other day, chopping almonds for a completely different recipe, I had an idea. Chocolate Almond Clusters with Sea Salt. All the flavors I love, but made fresh and at home.
Sometimes the best ideas come when you least expect them.
These were so good I couldn’t trust myself to have them at home (and remember I’m not even a sweet tooth). I bundled them up and walked around delivering them to neighbors. Why not spread a little neighborly love and chocolate, right?
I used dark, vegan chocolate chips for this recipe, but you could just as easily use semi-sweet if you like.
Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters with Sea Salt
2 cups vegan dark chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup Roasted, Unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
Sea Salt for sprinkling
In a small saucepan, melt chocolate in a double broiler over low heat. Stir in chopped almonds and add a pinch of sea salt. Spoon into clusters on parchment paper. Sprinkle each cluster with a little more sea salt if desired (I highly recommend this step).
Place in refrigerator until cooled and set.
I dare you to eat just one.