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Hot Chocolate Covered Almonds are an easy candied nut recipe! Hot Cocoa dusted almonds are the perfect gift too.


hot chocolate covered almonds in bowl

We’re getting down to the wire – the holiday is almost here! Do you have all your gifts yet?

I’m one of those people that does all her shopping in late November/early December so I’m usually done by mid-month.  But then I have two weeks left and watch everyone else shopping and I want to shop more, so I do. Or I get emails about sales so I shop more. Then, what usually happens is the week before the big day I remember 4 people I forgot to get things for.

When you rememberer you need a gift last minute a homemade options is perfect. It’s fast and easy and costs practically nothing. Usually by the week before Christmas my credit card is crying in agony.

These Hot Chocolate Covered Almonds are an easy gift to make and give, but they’re also a delicious snack all year long. Move over boring almonds, hot chocolate almonds are in town!

hot chocolate almonds in bowl

I’m always looking for ways to jazz up nuts for the holidays, whether it’s making them with coconut or cinnamon sugar. I love giving snack foods like Muddy Buddy Pecans or a Popcorn Snack Mix because they’re so easy and everyone loves them.

This twist on chocolate covered almonds uses hot cocoa mix to coat the nuts. You could use any nuts, like cashews or pecans, but I love almonds. They’re a versatile nut that’s actually good for you!

I love using hot cocoa mix in recipes. I’ve made Hot Chocolate Krispie Treats before and they’re so good! You can use a prepared mix or you can make your own. I have a homemade hot chocolate mix that would be a great recipe to use for these chocolate covered almonds.

With only three ingredients, these hot chocolate covered almonds are the perfect snack or gift!

hot chocolate covered almonds in bowl

Tips for making chocolate covered almonds:

  • Toast your almonds so that they have that delicious deep nutty flavor.
  • Never walk away from the oven or stove when you’re toasting nuts. They burn quickly! Once you smell them they’re done.
  • You can use honey or agave in place of the maple syrup.
  • Use a cocoa mix you especially like; it’s the main flavor!
  • Optional: add some of those mini marshmallows you find in the baking aisle!
  • Package these in some cone shaped plastic bags for a great gift idea.

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hot chocolate covered almonds in bowl

Hot Chocolate Covered Almonds

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Make hot chocolate covered almonds as a great snack or an easy gift! These cocoa dusted almonds are perfect for the holidays.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 3 cups almonds whole, unsalted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa mix divided


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Place almonds on a baking sheet and bake for just a few minutes, stirring each minute, until the almonds are lightly toasted. Once you smell them, they’re done. Do not walk away from the oven for any reason or they’ll burn! Nuts go from raw to burned in seconds, so as soon as you smell them, remove them from the oven.
  • While the almonds are toasting, place maple syrup in a large bowl. Pour hot almonds into the syrup and stir to coat. Pour 3/4 cup hot cocoa mix over the almonds and stir to coat. Pour nuts onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat. Let cool.
  • Place remaining hot cocoa mix in a large gallon ziploc bag. Place almonds inside, seal the bag, and shake to coat a second time, just before serving or gifting.

Recipe Notes

You can use any kind of nuts for this recipe. Pecans or cashews would be so good!

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword almonds

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Last Updated on May 13, 2020

Dorothy Kern

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