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12-Oz. Macadamia Nuts
Flaky Salt (optional to finish), Maldon is a favorite
1) Melt the chocolate of your choice in a large bowl in the microwave. Follow instructions on the package.
2) Add the nuts to the chocolate and stir to completely cover.
3) Drop in heaping tablespoons onto a baking sheet covered with tin foil (for easy cleanup).
4) Immediately sprinkle with flaky salt and pop in the freezer for about 15 minutes to set. Enjoy!
NOTES: I don’t know anyone that doesn’t love chocolate covered macadamia nuts. We rush to buy the Hawaiian macadamia nuts when we are on the island, we buy macadamia nuts in bulk if we can, and we race to Costco to buy boxes of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts every holiday season to give as gifts.
So, why not make your own? It is an easy recipe, fast to make and a lot more affordable if you make them yourself. You control the quality of the ingredients and they make the perfect homemade gift. My homemade dark chocolate macadamia nuts uses just three ingredients (all top quality) and taste amazing.
THE INGREDIENTS FOR DARK CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA NUTS
Let’s start with the nuts. You have choices here. You can purchase bulk macadamia nuts in stores like Sprouts and Whole Foods and you can buy them with or without the salt. You’ll find honey roasted macadamia nuts and plain roasted nuts too. You can also buy Hawaiian macadamia nuts in smaller jars or bags online and in some grocery stores. Mauna Loa Roasted Macadamia Nuts is the traditional Hawaiian brand and you might even find them in some grocery stores. These are much pricier than the nuts you buy in bulk. The quality is great, but you decide.
For this recipe, I purchased in bulk (I was making lots of gifts) and bought the plain roasted variety since I knew I would finish with the flaky salt.
For the chocolate, I use dark chocolate. I love the flavor and the richness and the fact that it isn’t as sweet as milk chocolate or even semi-sweet. However, you can use any chocolate you prefer. I also use Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers which melt quickly and evenly in the microwave, taste great and are a good quality chocolate OR if I want a sugar-free option, I use Lakanto Chocolate Melting Wafers.
Talk about great flavor and pulling together a healthy treat! Using Lakanto gives me that option for those staying away from extra sugar or any sugar, for that matter, and they don’t have to miss out on the treats. I love the taste (Monk fruit and erythritol sweetened) and during the holidays when I’m really trying to watch my intake, this gives me a great option.
For me, flaky salt is a must on this treat. I don’t think there is anything better than sweet and salty with the crunch from the nuts. It makes for one delicious bite. I always use Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.
While I absolutely love chocolate macadamia nuts, there is no reason not to try this same recipe/technique with other types of nuts. They all work great. Some of my favorites include:
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE-COVERED MACADAMIA NUTS
The recipe is simple. Before you start, line a couple of baking sheets with tin foil. This will make clean up a breeze.
In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate wafers. In 30 second intervals, microwave the chocolate. Stir in between each round until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Add the nuts and stir completely to cover every nut.
Drop in heaping tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets. Leave about 1/2 inch in between each mound of chocolate nuts. Immediately sprinkle with some flaky salt. When you have used all the nuts and chocolate, place the baking sheets in the freezer for about 15 minutes to completely set.
Serve on a platter for your guests or if you are gifting these, box in holiday tins and add a big bow. You can also put a few in cellophane treat bags and add a ribbon. That makes great little gifts for neighbors and coworkers.
If you like this recipe and are looking for other easy, candy recipes, be sure to try some of these: