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Salted Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds

by Chef Owen May and Dr. Michelle May

February is National Heart Health AND Chocolate Month. Coincidence? I think not!

AND, February 16th was National Almond Day – as if National Heart Health Month and National Chocolate Month weren’t enough reason to celebrate. Here’s how we celebrate almonds, healthy hearts, and chocolate – simple handmade chocolate covered almonds.

Chef Notes

To melt chocolate, place in glass dish and microwave on half power for 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time until chocolate starts to melt. Be careful not to burn it or it will clump. Be sure to stir with a dry spoon; water will also cause the chocolate to “seize.”

Health Notes

Almonds and dark chocolate have both been shown to have healthful antioxidants. Nevertheless, this dessert is best enjoyed mindfully in moderation.


Handful of raw almonds
2 ounces of high-quality dark chocolate
Kosher salt or flaked sea salt


  1. Toast a handful of raw almonds in a dry pan until they become aromatic. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Melt approximately 2 ounces of high-quality dark chocolate.
  3. Dip almonds in the chocolate and place on parchment or waxed paper.
  4. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. (Don’t overdo it on the salt or you won’t be allowed to celebrate National Heart Health Month!)
  5. Refrigerate until hardened.
  6. Display in a small martini glass or give as a gift.
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