Gluten Free Almond Roca

I wish I could photograph the crunch and the sweet toffee goodness of this almond roca – not to mention the buttery caramel scent of my kitchen at the moment! This candy is easy to make – it takes about an hour – and tastes like the real thing. You can add chocolate if you want, but we like it just like this!

~scroll down for the recipe~

almond rocaThis recipe came from a friend of ours from Vancouver B.C.. Thanks Carol!

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What you’ll need:

2 cups almonds

Tip: You can purchase sliced almonds and toast them in a 250° oven until browned and toasted (takes about 10 minutes) or you can use salted almonds, coarsely chopped. Cashews are also very tasty!

2 cups salted butter

2 cups white sugar

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons corn syrup

candy thermometer

OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup chocolate chips or milk chocolate pieces

In heavy sauce pan, melt butter. Add sugar, water, and syrup. Stir continuously over medium heat until the candy reaches 300° F. If you don’t get the candy hot enough, it turns out more like fudge than almond roca. Also good, but not quite the same.

TIP: If you don’t have a candy thermometer, heat the candy until it turns a dark toffee color, gets an oily sheen, and all starts to move as one in the pan.

TIP: Keep a couple of spoons handy and switch one out for the other while stirring. I have burned a few spoons making this!

Remove from heat. Add the almonds and pour onto a buttered cookie sheet. If you want to top with chocolate, sprinkle the chips over top while the candy is still hot.

Once cooled, break into pieces and store in an airtight container in a cool place (but not in the fridge).

Photo credit

Gluten Free Recipes from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

16 thoughts on “Gluten Free Almond Roca

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  2. Oh wow. This is one of the few confections in the world I have a weakness for … especially over the winter holidays. I will so definitely be trying this. Not sure whether I should thank you … or whether the gym should thank you. 🙂

    Can’t wait….

  3. Whenever I watch shows like Top Chef, I always think about how I can’t actually judge the food by any of its important qualities besides appearance, and am just taking the judges’ word for it (unlike in other silly competition shows like, say, Project Runway or American Idol, where viewers can judge for themselves). Always seemed a bit odd. But I’m happy to take your word for it on the crunch and the smell, and by appearance alone this candy looks delish! I think it’s a winner.

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