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Chocolate Macadamia Nut Candy
Posted By Heather On February 9, 2010 @ 11:43 pm In Desserts,Holidays,Recipes | 10 Comments
This month I’ve been experimenting with chocolate-covered macadamia nuts. I made three different versions: Easy, Delicious, and Addictive! Plus, some heart-shaped ones for Valentine’s Day. Let me start with the easy recipe:
Whole Raw Macadamia Nuts
Dark Cocoa Candy Melts 
You’ll also need a Truffles Candy Mold .
For an even better tasting candy, instead of raw macadamia nuts, I used Elana’s recipe for candied macadamia nuts  at Elana’s Pantry. It’s a pretty quick and easy recipe, and is a very tasty treat by itself. But, the sweetness of the agave nectar combined with the salt, and then roasted in the oven gives this chocolate candy another tasty layer which is delicious!
For the best tasting chocolate covered macadamia nuts, use the candied macadamia nuts and use real dark chocolate! Using real chocolate just makes these even better. In order to get the best looking results, too, you’ll have to temper your chocolate. I’m still trying to perfect the tempering process, but even if it doesn’t work for you it will be delicious! It just may not be as pretty. Un-tempered chocolate also has a tendency to bloom at room temperature. So, if you don’t temper your chocolate, eat them right away or store in the refrigerator.
Valentine’s Day Treats
  So, for Valentine’s Day, I made some of these with heart-shaped molds. I couldn’t find any candy molds that were deep enough to accommodate the macadamia nuts, so I used these silicone gelatin/ice cube molds  I found at the dollar store.
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 The W.H.O.L.E. Gang: http://www.thewholegang.org/2009/02/chocolate-macadamia-nuts/
 Cooking For Engineers: http://www.cookingforengineers.com/article/155/Tempering-Chocolate
 buying chocolate: http://giverslog.com/?p=4453
 melting and tempering chocolate: http://giverslog.com/?p=4334
 What Can I Eat That’s Gluten Free?: http://www.glutenfreehomemaker.com/2010/02/21010-what-can-i-eat-thats-gluten-free.html
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