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Almond Roca

I’ve been a busy little candy maker lately, anticipating the desire for holiday gifting. So far, I’ve made truffles, peanut brittle, fudge and this Almond Roca.

I’ve included a short how-to video toward the end of this post.  Check it out, then scroll to the very bottom of this post to print out the complete recipe.

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The almond roca is my favorite. My TOTAL favorite. My CRAZY-ADDICTING favorite! The best part is- you will NOT need a candy thermometer for this recipe! yahoo-easy!

Here’s how you make it…

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Sprinkle 3/4 cup chopped and toasted almonds into the bottom of a buttered 7×11-inch glass pan.  I realize everyone doesn’t have a 7×11-inch pan, so you can certainly use a 9×12-inch if you need to… it will just be more spread out and thinner.  

I used salted, roasted almonds (and then toasted them in a dry frying pan after chopping).  You can use unsalted natural almonds if you don’t care for the salty-sweet combination in dessert.

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Melt some butter in a medium saucepan.

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Add brown sugar, and stir it up.

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Bring the mixture to a boil. Not a wild, rolling boil… just enough of a boil where you see bubbles popping frequently.

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Boil the butter/sugar mixture for 12 minutes exactly (stirring constantly).  It should look all cool and golden and toffee-like when it’s done.  

I made mine without a candy thermometer with success, but since some readers have noted having trouble with this recipe- you might wish to stick an instant read thermometer in there just to make sure it’s about the right temperature.

Here’s a candy thermometer that has good reviews on Amazon.  

Pull it off the heat when it has reached the hard-crack stage (300 degrees F)  or when the mixture starts to separate (the oil starts to separate from the sugar).   If it gets higher than 320, the mixture will not remain solid.

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Pour it on top of the almonds in the pan– drizzling it all over and and filling in all of the spaces with the toffee.

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Place four chocolate bars on top of the hot toffee.

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Let them sit there for a minute or so and get all gooey and melted, then use the bottom of a spoon to spread the chocolate around.

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Spread all the way to the edges.

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Sprinkle more almonds on top.  Press them in gently.  Now’s the hard part.  

You can either let this sit at room temperature overnight to set that chocolate completely, or you can refrigerate it until firm, or you can freeze it for about 20 minutes (until firm).

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Once the mixture is firm and set, loosen the sides of the pan with a knife and the toffee should pop right out of the pan in one, big hunk.  Break it apart gently with your hands, or set it on a cutting board and use a large knife to cut across the slab of candy–wedges will break off and appear in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

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Sample!  Just to make sure everything is tasting okay and everything 😉

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It’s best to get this out of your house as quickly as possible.  On candy-making day at my house, this was the favorite of all of my taste testers… by far.  

SO good.  And SO addicting and buttery and almondy and salty-sweet and delicious.

This should keep just fine in a sealed container kept at room temperature for a couple of weeks.  Happy holiday gifting!

Click below to watch a very short how-to video that shows you how to make this recipe, then scroll to the bottom and print out the complete recipe so you can make Almond Roca at home!

Yield: 3 cups

Prep Time: 18 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Almond Roca

So simple and delicious, but it can be a little tricky. Please read all of the comments and tips before attempting your first batch! We've been making this recipes for years for the holidays and we love it!


  • 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted almonds, divided
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 4 bars of chocolate (such as Hershey's Bars)


  1. Butter a 7x11-inch pan (or 9x12 for slightly thinner roca). Sprinkle 1 cup of toasted almonds on bottom of the pan.
  2. In heavy saucepan at medium-high heat melt butter and add brown sugar. Stir until gently boiling. Reduce heat to medium or medium-low and boil 12 minutes exactly, stirring constantly. *Edited to add* I made mine without a candy thermometer with success, but since some readers have noted having trouble with this recipe- you might wish to stick and instant read thermometer in there just to make sure it's about the right temperature. Pull it off the heat when it has reached the hard-crack stage (300 degrees F)- or when the mixture starts to separate (the oil starts to separate from the sugar). If it gets higher than 320, it will not remain solid.
  3. Remove the mixture from heat, give it a good stir to mix up that butter and sugar one more time, and immediately pour hot mixture into pan over almonds. (see *Tips below) Place chocolate bars on top. Let them sit a minute or so until melted, then spread chocolate around carefully. Sprinkle with remaining toasted almonds and gently press them into the chocolate..
  4. Cool completely, and then break apart into chunks with a sharp knife. Store in a covered container.


  • This recipe is gluten-free adaptable- just be sure to use a brand of chocolate that is known to be GF.
  • If you like the sweet-salty combination in desserts, use roasted almonds that are salted (then you can chop them and toast them lightly in a dry frying pan). If you don't care to have much salt, use unsalted natural almonds. I went for the salty kind and LOVED it.
  • If you don't have a 7x11-inch pan, it's okay to use a 9x12-inch pan. You probably won't want to go all the way to the edges with the almonds, toffee and chocolate or it will be thin. Leave about an inch all the way around.
  • Speed up the cooling process by placing the pan in the refrigerator.
  • If you are in a place where it is very humid, you will likely have trouble getting your toffee to set. Toffee doesn't like humidity. Try it on a dry day!
  • Edited to add that some people have trouble w/ the chocolate separating from the toffee. This is kind of normal in almond roca since the toffee is so buttery. I've been told that one way to avoid that is to give the toffee a light dusting of cocoa powder before placing the chocolate bars on top. The powder apparently acts as an absorbent for the butter and allows the chocolate to adhere more easily to the toffee. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm told that it works!

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179 Responses to “Almond Roca”

  1. postedDec 12, 2011 3:49 AM

    Love any type of “bark!” YUM!

  2. postedDec 12, 2011 3:54 AM
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    This looks so good and yours is the first step by step of A.R. that I’ve ever come across…thank you!

    Just made “christmas crack” this weekend, i.e. Saltine Chocolate Toffee. Same principle…and now I am thinking I need to make A.R., too 🙂

    Delish pics!

  3. postedDec 12, 2011 4:19 AM
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    This has been on my baking list for so long, I love how easy you just made it look!

  4. postedDec 12, 2011 4:35 AM

    In the directions with photos, you say to use a 9×12 but then in the written directions/tips you say to use a 9×6. Which is it?
    Bark looks delish btw, I will be making, just want to be clear on the directions!

    • postedDec 12, 2011 5:31 AM

      I adjusted the directions – thank you!

  5. postedDec 12, 2011 4:44 AM

    omg, amazing!! they sell these at costco and i’ve always wanted to make these at home. so addicting!! i’m glad it looks so easy. i’ve always thought this was going to be hard!

  6. postedDec 12, 2011 5:37 AM

    Lori!!! I’ve NEVER had almond roca. What the heck?! I NEED this!

  7. postedDec 12, 2011 5:46 AM

    This would be dangerous in my house! Love it!

  8. postedDec 12, 2011 5:46 AM

    Yum! I am with you 100%, it has to be salted almonds!

  9. postedDec 12, 2011 6:32 AM

    Love this! If you say it’s your favorite I’m in! Can’t wait to try this 🙂

  10. postedDec 12, 2011 6:36 AM

    Love it! My Mom and I used to make it every year when I was growing up and I miss it! Thanks for a great reminder. 🙂

  11. postedDec 12, 2011 6:50 AM

    WHAT?! Omg this is soooo one of my favorite candies!!! Totally making this for Christmas. And no candy thermometer??? Can you tell I’m excited? 🙂

    And I do have a 7 x 11 pan…one of my favorites!! If you bake Ghirardelli Brownie Mixes, I love them baked in that waaaay more than an 8×8..just gives a better shape/thickness.

  12. postedDec 12, 2011 6:51 AM

    These look so perfect Lori!! What a perfect treat to put on any Christmas plate!

  13. postedDec 12, 2011 7:25 AM

    Oh my goodness – this would be SO dangerous to have in my house!!

  14. postedDec 12, 2011 7:31 AM

    One of my mom’s favorites. Thank you, l am giving this a try.

  15. postedDec 12, 2011 8:12 AM

    Oh my, I love almond roca and this looks so easy! Cannot wait to try it.

  16. postedDec 12, 2011 9:59 AM

    I would never guess from looking at this candy that it’s this easy to make! This is definitely a treat where presentation makes it seem super fancy. 🙂

  17. postedDec 12, 2011 11:10 AM
    Kathy F.

    This looks so delicious and easy too! I do have one question though, I love the fact you do not need a thermometer but I am so anal that I feel I need to use one so what temp would it require and for how long??

  18. postedDec 12, 2011 2:50 PM

    It’s one of my favorites too! I could eat the entire batch myself..I mean, I THINK I could, because I totally haven’t ever tried..ahem.

  19. postedDec 12, 2011 3:21 PM

    holy yum this looks too good… i think i’d eat the whole pan!

  20. postedDec 12, 2011 4:09 PM

    Oh my. That is a killer recipe, Lori. I don’t make a lot of candy (the cookies are bad enough) but you’ve hit on one I love.

  21. postedDec 12, 2011 6:06 PM

    Never made anything like this but it seems so easy! May package this in little baggies and ribbon to give to the other teachers in my grade level. Perfect treat for gifting!

  22. postedDec 12, 2011 7:23 PM

    Wish I had seen this earlier! Would have used it for tomorrow’s swap! Looks so good!

  23. postedDec 12, 2011 9:07 PM

    That looks fabulous! I may need to make some to send to MT.

  24. postedDec 12, 2011 9:07 PM

    Oh my goodness, Lori! This looks gorgeous! I’m drooling!!!

  25. postedDec 13, 2011 7:14 AM

    You just make this look so easy!! And, teaching me how to make this can only result in me having to buy bigger pants. FYI.

  26. postedDec 13, 2011 7:55 AM

    Oh CRAP! I am freaking out right now. I have had and love almond roca! I buy Skor chocolate bars cause it is kinda close to them. This recipe looks so easy! I am seriously going to make these maybe even this week. I am excited now!

  27. postedDec 13, 2011 9:31 AM

    What a great to candy to make for homemade Christmas gifts :). Looks incredible!!

  28. postedDec 13, 2011 4:21 PM

    Simply delicious and gorgeous pictures!

  29. postedDec 13, 2011 5:19 PM

    i have made Almond Roca for years – my fave too! But, you did a few things different that I am going to try this year – toast the almonds and use candy bars instead of choc. chips. Thanks for the ideas!

  30. postedDec 13, 2011 10:08 PM

    Oh my gosh! The timing on this couldn’t be better. I made a family recipe recently and it didn’t turn out… the chocolate separated from the toffee and the almonds didn’t really stick.. it was a mess. Thank you for sharing this – I’ll be cooking this tomorrow with my gramma 🙂

  31. postedDec 14, 2011 11:36 PM

    How i wish i could be somewhere nearer to you, so you can gift me those candies you’ve been making… I absolutely loved how it looks… And when i read the steps, i couldn’t believe something this beautiful and complicated is actually so easy 🙂

  32. postedDec 15, 2011 12:44 PM

    Sold! I have a batch in the fridge right now. Almond Roca was my favorite “treat” candy when I was little. Eating it made me feel grown up, but now making it has made me feel like a kid again. Thank you!!

  33. postedDec 16, 2011 4:02 AM

    I have made this 3 times so far. It is probably the single best recipe I have tried in a very long time. Amazing. Thank you!!!!

  34. postedDec 16, 2011 8:11 AM

    Love it! Though a quick question. My chocolate seems to come away from the toffee. Any ideas why ??

    • postedDec 16, 2011 6:07 PM

      I did a little bit of research on this and came up with this recommendation: Since toffee tends to be so buttery, you might try sprinkling a bit of cocoa powder onto the toffee before you place the chocolate bars on top. I’d do this with a sieve or a sifter so you could get a nice, even powdering. The cocoa powder apparently acts as an absorbent for the fat so that the chocolate is able to adhere better. I haven’t tried this yet, but it seems like it’s worth a shot to me! Hope this helps!

  35. postedDec 16, 2011 1:37 PM

    Okay…. saw it… had to make it… did make it but one problem…. when “cutting” it up on about half of the bars, the chocolate layer seperated from the toffee layer…. what happened? It is delicious though – going to chop up all the seperated bits and use as ice cream topping, cake topping, etc… but just curious for next time!

    • postedDec 16, 2011 6:08 PM

      Please see my response to Michele re: the same issue.

  36. postedDec 16, 2011 9:04 PM

    Thanks for the suggestion. I will try that next time. Btw everyone I have given some to love it.

  37. postedDec 17, 2011 8:26 AM

    Someone @ work made this & it was amazing! I still have a little bag left, trying to savor every bite.

  38. postedDec 17, 2011 10:41 AM

    After two attempts I am throwing in the towel. I burned the first batch of toffee. The second batch was going well (at a lower temp), but separated around 9 minutes. Anyone else have this problem? Soooo disappointed!

    • postedDec 17, 2011 10:51 AM

      Shoot. It’s hard to say what went wrong 🙁

  39. postedDec 17, 2011 2:11 PM

    Hi Lori, I have always been intimidated with making anything like this, but after looking at your recipes and pictures, I was excited to try it!
    My first attempt, not good, I was trying to go by the time and let brown sugar mixture go 12 minutes, however, it quickly went from caramel looking to burnt!
    Second time around, went more by eye, and got a much better result! Finished product So tastey and delicious!
    Thank you for the recipe. I am anxious to share the results with friends and family!

  40. postedDec 17, 2011 4:18 PM

    The sugar crystallized, any ideas? I did it on a low boil? 🙁

    • postedDec 17, 2011 4:49 PM

      That happened to me on first try. I thought perhaps the heat was too low. If you keep it on medium to medium-high (depending on your stove), it should be good- just be careful of boiling too rapidly and pull it off if it turns a nice caramel color (as in my photos) before the 12 minutes is up.

  41. postedDec 18, 2011 8:01 AM

    Made this just now. A HUGE disaster!!!!! The butter completely separated from the brown sugar at 7 min in and just pooled at the end of the pan that I didn’t fill. What did I do wrong?

    • postedDec 18, 2011 8:11 AM

      I would imagine it had something to do with the temperature. I made mine without a candy thermometer with success, but you might wish to stick an instant read thermometer in there just to make sure it’s *about* the right temperature for toffee. Pull it off the heat when it has reached the hard-crack stage (300 degrees F)- if it gets higher than 320, it will not remain solid.

  42. postedDec 18, 2011 9:34 AM

    I made it the other day. It was so easy to make and so yummy to eat.

    I didn’t have any chocolate bars, but I always have a stock of couverture chocolate chunks on hand. Once I made the toffee part, I melted 6.25oz of chocolate and poured it over the toffee. I did not temper the chocolate.

    I let it sit for several hours and then popped it in the fridge for about 20 min just before removing it from the pan. The toffee did not easily release from the pan. I had to use a knife to break it up to get it out. As I broke the toffee up, much of the chocolate separated from it. I see that this happened to other readers as well.

    If I make it again (I’m pretty sure I will), I think I will dip individual pieces in tempered chocolate and then sprinkle with chopped almonds.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    • postedDec 18, 2011 9:45 AM

      Hi Lacey, For what it’s worth- I’ve read some other recipes for almond roca that recommend using a cheaper brand of chocolate (like Hershey’s bars). Premium brands – because they have different percentages of cocoa or cocoa butter, can tend to cause problems when paired with the toffee. Make sure your pan is well buttered- mine popped right out of the pan in one big slab!

  43. postedDec 18, 2011 9:52 AM
    Ruth Montgomery

    I was thinking of making it with a dark chocolate, but am concerned now that I’ve read your comment about using cheaper brands whether it will work. Have you ever tried it with a dark chocolate?

    • postedDec 18, 2011 9:59 AM

      I haven’t- but Hershey’s makes a dark chocolate too!

  44. postedDec 18, 2011 2:20 PM

    I’ve made mine with bittersweet chocolate – the batch I made earlier this week was great and I just finished making a batch for hubby to take to work tomorrow.

  45. postedDec 20, 2011 6:43 AM

    I made my first batch last night and it came out so good!!!! I didnt use a thermometer for the brown sugar and it came out fine I let it boil on med heat and pulled out right before the 12 minutes, the chocolate and the caramel did not separate at all and I used hershey chocolate bars, the one thing that it was kind of difficult wa getting the almond rica out of the container!!!! I put it in the freezer for about 30 mins and I just couldn’t take it out, after poking it for about 10 minutes finally some pieces started to come out, my advice is eat this after it has cooled completely or even the next day it tastes so much better the next day yuuuuuummmm!!!! 😀

  46. postedDec 20, 2011 5:00 PM

    I’m making this tonight! So excited!! 🙂

  47. postedDec 21, 2011 8:00 PM

    I am by no means a chef, but a decent baker. I have never tried making a candy (nor do I have a candy thermometer laying around). But I must lay claim that my first batch of these came out near perfect. Not to mention, they were a HUGE hit at our Christmas dinner party this past Sunday.

    I pulled the toffee off the stove right at 12 minutes while keeping it at a slight boil (perhaps 1-2 bubbles a second) and stirred it continuously throughout. I did have some difficulty getting it to spread evenly in the pan (I used a 12×10 round-ended pan with three large bars of Hershey); after pouring it in it immediately started to solidify. But I eventually got it to go. It left a nice sticky mess on everything!

    The only difference I’ve noticed is that we need to keep our bars in the fridge, otherwise they lose their crunch. Also, refrigerating them brings out the salty flavor of the salted almonds, they are delicious like this.

    Any suggestions for the next go-round so that I don’t have to keep them in the fridge? Perhaps I wasn’t at the right temperature for the toffee?

    • postedDec 22, 2011 6:23 AM

      Perhaps… glad you were able to have success without a candy thermometer, but it might have been temp that is preventing the toffee from hardening completely at room temperature.

  48. postedDec 23, 2011 11:22 PM

    One of my childhood favorites, too! I couldn’t believe this could be so easy, and I’m a convert now. Wish I’d seen the cocoa powder tip, because my chocolate layer did separate, but the candy tasted so good I didn’t care. Just posted my efforts with a shout out to you for the recipe. Thank you!

  49. postedDec 25, 2011 6:05 PM

    I made it, I love it, I can’t stop eating it!!!
    Thanks Lori, a new Christmas favourite!

  50. postedDec 26, 2011 6:49 AM

    Easiest recipe ever (candy thermometer made me 100% confident of the toffee) to make a killer favorite treat. Just made it today, 1st time, the pan is cooling outside. Taste tests are a success… “The waiting is the hardest part!”

  51. postedDec 28, 2011 2:44 PM

    my hubbys’ all time favorite.
    i’ve always wanted to do these with macadamia’s–expensive but so worth it don’t you think?

  52. postedDec 28, 2011 8:05 PM

    Huge score! Turned out great – I didn’t have any problems with the cooking and used cocoa as recommended to prevent separating. This was way yummy and super easy and will become a holiday staple at our house!

  53. postedJan 14, 2012 7:51 AM

    Without ever having eaten Almond Roca, I wanted to make this as soon as I saw the recipe. Since we didn’t leave our house for Christmas (shocker! but we live out of the country so no family to visit) I had to wait until I could make it and take it somewhere – yay for Bunco. This is like crack! Soooo good. I timed and used a thermometer for the butter/sugar mixture and it took me close to 15 minutes to get it to 300 degrees. Also, the butter here is a bit funky so my only problem was that my butter separated some from the sugar and rose to the top over the chocolate. It wasn’t as pretty as your pictures but tasted like heaven!!!!! Good thing you warned of how good it was and I’m glad the whole pan isn’t here with me. Thanks for this fabulous recipe! Making the Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake for next months Bunco 🙂

  54. postedJan 22, 2012 6:17 AM

    “This should keep just fine ….. for a couple of weeks.”
    yeah right – there is no way they will last that long! lol these are too yummy! i saw this recipe on facebook just before christmas and asked my daughter to make them for me as her gift to me – great gift idea. my only complaint is they are WAAAAAAYYY too good!!!

    • postedJan 22, 2012 9:38 AM

      lol, glad you liked it so much. I had a tough time staying away from it too!

  55. postedFeb 19, 2012 8:35 PM

    any idea what the nutritional facts are? im diabetic and they look fabulous!!!!

    • postedFeb 20, 2012 6:53 AM

      no idea on this one…

  56. postedMay 4, 2012 8:12 AM

    Could this be mailed during the summer and how would you recommend doing it?

    • postedMay 4, 2012 10:16 AM

      I don’t think I’d recommend it!

  57. postedMay 30, 2012 11:53 PM

    Didn’t find this recipe any good either quantities were out but make heaps of things cooking 30 years I threw it out sorry!!!

  58. postedMay 31, 2012 5:30 PM

    Sorry, I tried this twice and it just doesn’t work out with the timings or the temperature suggestions you have made. The sugar and butter separates before it gets to either 12 min or 300 degrees. Must be missing something here…any dieas? I’m surprised that i didn’t get this right, being pretty well experienced in the kitchen…

    • postedMay 31, 2012 10:09 PM

      not sure… I added lots of extra tips for help. None of that helped?

  59. postedJul 24, 2012 4:28 PM

    I just finished making the Almond Roca, it turned out perfect and it is so good. Much better than other recipes that I have made in the past. It was hard to wait for it to cool!. My adult grandson requested this for his birthday present. Works for me,

  60. postedAug 29, 2012 1:48 PM

    I made this last night and it was delicious – it started to smoke at about 11 minutes, so I took it off before it started to burn. I made a couple changes and it still turned out perfectly. I am obsessed with the chocolate/bacon craze that seems to be everywhere, so I added a few bacon bits into the mixture as well as a little maple syrup. I used unsalted nuts, so I also sprinkled some sea salt on the top of the chocolate. YUMMY!

    • postedAug 30, 2012 1:37 PM

      Love the bacon and maple addition!

  61. postedOct 13, 2012 9:12 AM
    Jeri Burbage

    Almond Roca is by far my FAVORITE candy! YUM and THANKS for sharing!

  62. postedNov 10, 2012 4:31 PM

    My husband & I went home to Maine to visit my family and I wanted to bring homemade candy as gifts to everyone. I found this recipe and it was so easy to make! I made two batches. I found candy boxes at Michaels and filled them with the rocca. All of my family LOVED it! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I will be making it again and again!

  63. postedNov 13, 2012 8:48 PM

    I love almond roca, and I’m super excited to try out this recipe. I just have one question. Can I use dark chocolate chips to substitute for the Hershey’s bars? but should I use the cocoa powder as you suggest in order that the chocolate does not separate from the toffee.

    • postedNov 15, 2012 5:38 AM

      Yes, that should probably work out just fine, though I’m worried about the chips melting as easily as the chocolate bars do… and I’d still try the cocoa powder.

  64. postedNov 19, 2012 7:27 AM
    Pam Ayers

    What size hershey bars did you use, the single size, or the big bars?

    • postedNov 19, 2012 8:46 AM

      regular sized– like you buy at the checkout counter.

  65. postedDec 11, 2012 4:48 PM

    So first batch I made worked great. Was a big hit with my family. My second batch didn’t work out for some reason it was still to soft and sugary.
    Not wanting to waste all that product I took another pot of quarter stick of butter half cup of milk got it nice and hot ( not boiling ) and added price by price the failed Rocca and melted it all. Boiled it again for about 6-7 minutes and poured into pre greased pan thru it into the fridge. ( fudge like was very good )

    Cookies made outta
    2nd failed batch. Guess got to hot liquified. Not wanting to waste anothe batch of failed mix ( no chocolate lay was in this batch ).

    Took the failed. ( 1cup butter and 1 cup brown sugar and layer of almonds )
    I put it into a bowl let it cool
    In another bowl I mixed
    2-1/4cup white flour
    1-1/2tsp baking powder
    1tsp salt

    In second bowl ( cooled failed mix )
    I added 2-3 teaspoons vanilla mix well
    Add 1 Egg mix well

    Slowly add flour mixture ( I added in five dumps )

    made into balls smaller than a golf ball got about thirty to thirty two cookies
    Almond cookies
    Cooked at 360-365’f 10-12 mins
    Awesome nice cookie

    • postedDec 11, 2012 7:05 PM

      Wow! Thanks for your tips on what to do with a failed batch! Glad the first one worked out. It all has to do with temperature.

  66. postedDec 12, 2012 9:04 PM

    This turned out PERFECT, as always Lori, a recipe worthy for the box. Thanks so much for the wonderful photos !! I made your Christmas recipes last year, and this year I went to your website first !! I’ll be using your recipes for other meals too !! They all are out of this world good.

  67. postedDec 13, 2012 4:08 PM

    I was reading the reviews and saw that some had the butter and sugar separate. I made a similar recipe about 10 years ago, it stated that if it separated just keep stirring over the heat and it would come back together. Well mine separated, I kept stirring and within about 2 minutes it did just that it came back together. I hope this helps.

    I will try your recipe (as I lost the other one from 10 years ago). It sounds like it should turn out great.

  68. postedDec 13, 2012 5:24 PM
    Jen Loftus

    Could this recipe be doubled??

    • postedDec 13, 2012 9:23 PM

      I’d stick with one batch, and then make another if you’re successful with the first.

  69. postedDec 16, 2012 5:05 PM

    My mom started making this when I was in high school (I am now 41). The directions she had ~ although she used white sugar~ said it is done when it is the color of peanut butter…don’t know if that will help some. Or if it is different for brown sugar.

  70. postedDec 16, 2012 5:07 PM

    BTW~ I WILL be trying the brown sugar recipe! I think it will be really good!

  71. postedDec 18, 2012 6:30 PM

    Didn’t work well for me. The butter never got incorporated into the sugar. It reached 302 and I took it off but it wasn’t the nice light brown color that yours was. I used dark brown sugar, but that shouldn’t make a difference. It was really liquid with butter on top. Just never set up well.

  72. postedDec 21, 2012 11:28 AM

    My first cut into my slab also made the toffee bottom separate from the chocolate top. I think it has a lot to do with the chocolate cracking away before even reaching the toffee layer. As I worked my way through the slab I got better. I tried using a hot knife which was a bit too cumbersome having to warm it up between each slice. What worked best was to just quickly saw my serrated knife back and forth- the friction melts the chocolate, and then the toffee layer breaks when it’s ready to along the line you are scoring in. There were still a few casualties, but far less than the first method. Don’t use force to cut it apart, just let your knife do the work for you.

    If I were to make this again (and I just might do so very soon depending on if it survives the next couple days) I would try to work my chocolate layer a little deeper into the toffee layer rather than having it sit just on top.

    Overall a very yummy recipe. Fiddly, yes, but I think it gets better with practice.

    • postedDec 21, 2012 1:26 PM

      I agree- better with practice!

  73. postedDec 21, 2012 11:36 AM

    I also did this recipe with 1cup butter and 1 3/4 c light brown sugar based on Internet searches for similar recipes. I don’t know how much of a difference that makes compared to the 1:1 ratio here. I also saw 1:1.5 and 1:2 (butter to sugar).

  74. postedDec 21, 2012 6:16 PM

    Great recipe so simple and delish love it thank u 🙂

  75. postedDec 24, 2012 4:03 AM

    I made this last night it turned out perfect I used dark brown sugar because that was all I had handy …I sent the recipe out on facebook I was so pleased with the results. Thank you the directions were easy to follow…this is going to become a family favorite I just know it!

  76. postedDec 24, 2012 10:36 AM
    Kathie B

    Just tried your receipe. Looks good but I’m wondering if I used the right size chocolate bars???? I used 1 1/2 – 7oz bars. I’m wondering if I should have used the smaller bars that might be thinner? What do you recommend?

    • postedDec 27, 2012 7:44 AM

      I use the regular-sized chocolate bars.

  77. postedJan 5, 2013 10:06 AM

    THANK YOU for the wonderful recipe for Almond Roca !!! I am especially pleased that it is made with no corn syrup ! YAY!

  78. postedJan 9, 2013 6:42 AM

    Thank you so much for this recipe! What type of camera do you use? Your pictures are so clear! 🙂

    • postedJan 9, 2013 7:55 PM

      Thank you! I use a Canon- 7D at the moment.

  79. postedJan 25, 2013 1:13 PM
    Janet johnson

    I let my candy start hardening in the pan or a big cookie sheet then wipe the excess oil from toffee off with a paper towel. When completely cool, I melt my Hershey bars over a double boiler and spread it over toffee. I sprinkle finely chopped walnuts on top of chocolate. Then let it set till the next day to let chocolate firm up.

    It might be the brand of butter people us that makes it separate when cooking the toffee. But that one man is right just keep stirring and cooking and it will come back together. When the color turns caramel dump in your lightly buttered pan and spread. All is not lost because it separates! Costco butter works best for me. King Soopers seems to separate. I am going to try your recipe with the brown sugar and salted almonds!

  80. postedFeb 10, 2013 7:01 AM

    What good does it do to publish your recipes without proportions? Some butter… I can see it’s 2 cubes, or is it more?… next brown sugar… um? how much please… I mean you’re using Hershey bars…so it’s not like it’s some totally original made up recipe. Please share. Thx

    • postedFeb 10, 2013 8:48 AM

      Did you read through to the end? The printable recipe is included in the post- it’s at the end- proportions and all!

  81. postedFeb 15, 2013 11:02 PM

    My apology— don’t know how I missed that! I looked and looked, apparently not good enough. Thanks! Now I can try it again.

  82. postedMar 10, 2013 10:02 PM
    Shannon Christi

    Suddenly my brown sugar keeps curdling. What is causing that?

    • postedMar 11, 2013 7:05 AM

      It probably has something to do with the temperature. Candy making can be tricky!

  83. postedAug 17, 2013 11:05 PM

    Just gave this recipe a try and 12 minutes at medium/medium low was way too hot for the toffee. I didn’t understand what you meant by, “if it gets higher than 320, it will not remain solid.” Now I know that means when the mixture starts to separate (the oil starts to separate from the sugar). I didn’t use a thermometer, but I never had the stove higher than medium and it started to separate around 7 minutes.

    Could you please update your instructions accordingly so other people don’t burn their toffee? The sugar/butter mixture separated or broke when it overheated. I don’t think your description was very clear.


    • postedAug 18, 2013 10:14 PM

      Just did- thank you!

  84. postedOct 14, 2013 6:56 PM

    My mom loves Almond Roca. I think I will make this for her. Yum.

  85. postedOct 16, 2013 4:52 AM

    ok now THIS will definitely be on the list of things to make for the holidays …. do we start with Thanksgiving or wait till Christmas??? oh heck looks like both!
    thanks for sharing.

  86. postedOct 19, 2013 9:54 AM

    Ok so I made this yesterday, you know just to start getting ready for Christmas……..not to eat it all or anything;) my toffee and chocolate did separate a bit and the toffee was a little grainy. I will try making it again, just wondering if you think I maybe got the toffee too hot? It still tastes super yummy and is amazing ontop of ice cream!

    • postedOct 21, 2013 7:55 AM

      I’m not an expert on candy making, so I’m afraid I cannot pinpoint your problem… but this one does take a little practice to perfect!

  87. postedOct 21, 2013 4:49 PM
    Mary Anne fox

    The altitude makes a difference as does your stove. But what really makes a difference is your pan. Use a heavy duty pan. I use an old presto pressure cooker sans the lid. Some pans burn the mixture before it gets to hard crack stage. If a batch fails make Caramel sauce with it. I have made delicious caramel and hot fudge ice cream topping from my failures, just add milk and thin back down. People alway s want the recipe for my oops.

  88. postedOct 30, 2013 6:05 AM

    I just made a batch last night using another recipe and it turned out very well. The recipe called for 2 tablespoons of water to be added together with the butter and sugar. Some has said that it would prevent the butter from separating. Perhaps that will be the solution for some of the readers.

    • postedOct 30, 2013 7:22 AM

      Thank you for the tip!

  89. postedOct 30, 2013 11:45 AM
    Wowee zowie

    Worked like a charm first time! Except I chopped it upside down and all the chocolate fell off. I also used too much butter and had to pour it off. Maybe that’s why the chocolate was loose.

    Sooooo good!

  90. postedNov 16, 2013 10:09 AM

    I finally got the nerve to try this recipe and it turned out great! I was nervous because of all of the comments, but it worked for me! Thank you for a wonderful treat!

    • postedNov 17, 2013 9:48 PM

      Glad to hear!

  91. postedNov 19, 2013 1:13 PM

    Hi lori,
    Can i use chocolate chips instead of chocolate bars?

    • postedNov 20, 2013 10:49 AM

      Probably. Haven’t tried it!

  92. postedNov 25, 2013 8:28 PM
    Sweet cook

    I tried to make this but the oil separated from the sugar. Does that mean it was cooking for too long?
    It started separating around the 9 minute mark – does that mean next time I should take it off around then?
    It looked like the right consistency around the 8 minute mark… I put a small blob on a small plate and tasted it, it was still a little gooey but a minute later the oil started separating (at 9 minutes).
    Also I noticed right from the beginning my mixture looked darker than yours, does that mean I used too much brown sugar?
    I also do not have salted butter on me, but I used regalar butter with a small pinch of salt, is this okay?
    Thanks, I would really appreciate your feedback! 🙂

    • postedNov 25, 2013 8:54 PM

      I really wish I was a candy expert and could answer all of your questions. Usually problems with how it turns out are related to temperature- yours might have been done sooner than 9 minutes, etc. Type of butter used would only affect the flavor. Reading through the comments may help- others have offered tips along the way.

  93. postedNov 25, 2013 8:59 PM
    Sweet cook

    I actually did read through all the comments and I do not have a candy thermometer. Do you recommend taking it out at the 9 minute mark , just before I notice the oil separate from the sugar?

  94. postedNov 26, 2013 7:34 PM

    The quality of butter matters. Use a good name brand butter. Store brand butters are just fine for many things, but when it comes to making almond roca I have never had a batch turn out well that I made with a store brand butter. It either separates or it sugars….or both!

  95. postedDec 4, 2013 8:30 AM

    OK… Made it and it is as delicious as I remember it being! However, the chocolate layer won’t stick to the toffee layer… what can I do???

    • postedDec 5, 2013 7:15 AM

      Sometimes a light dusting of cocoa powder between the toffee and chocolate helps to adhere.

  96. postedDec 8, 2013 4:15 PM

    The reason most people have such an issue with this recipe is because it’s a poor recipe. When you quickly heat butter and sugar at a medium-high temperature, the possibility for it burning is great. I’ve made toffee for 15 years and had misplaced my recipe. I used this one as a substitute. Before my mixture could even reach 300 it was burning. And once it’s burnt… you’re done for. It’s not that practice makes perfect, its just a bad recipe.

    Find one that starts at medium and allows everything to melt, and then barely increases the temperature. You may have to stand and stir a little bit longer than 12 minutes, but as long as you stir, you’re almost guaranteed to not burn it…unlike this ‘quick fix’ recipe.

  97. postedDec 12, 2013 11:59 AM

    Made a double batch of this last night (my first almond roca attempt ever!) & it turned out delish!! Mine took quite a bit longer than 12 minutes to get to 300 degrees (at 12 minutes, it was still too much like caramel – probably took closer to 15-17 minutes). I was able to just eye-ball it as well, and when the butter had just started to pull away from the sugar, I pulled it off. Since it continues to heat a bit more afterward, it almost separated too much, but I poured it over the almonds anyway, threw on a half semi-sweet, half milk chocolate chips mixture, waited a few minutes and spread it out over the toffee with the back of a spoon, & then put it in the refrigerator. I checked on it this morning and popped a piece off of the corner, and it tasted so yummy! I’m not sure why the poster above me has to be so negative – the recipe says to turn it down to medium low when it starts to GENTLY bubble… by the time it heats up to medium high, if you’ve been diligent about stirring it, it shouldn’t burn. If you’re worried about it burning while your burner temperature works its way back down to medium low, remove it from the burner for a few seconds, or lift it above the burner while you stir.

  98. postedDec 16, 2013 5:12 AM
    Patricia Miller

    The first time I made this I had terrible results. I was SO disappointed! I always use a candy thermometer and so I cooked it to exactly 300. But it was separated and not right at all. But I’ve made several of your recipes before and always had great results so I forced myself to try it again. The second time I didn’t use a thermometer and instead cooked it for exactly 12 minutes like you said – making sure that it looked like yours did in the pictures. Worked like a charm! These taste amazing and are going in my gift baskets. Thanks for your detailed instructions and helpful pictures!

    • postedDec 16, 2013 6:36 AM

      I’m so glad to hear that- thank you!!!

  99. postedDec 17, 2013 4:05 PM

    You should add some corn syrup (maybe a tablespoon) to your recipe to prevent crystallization.

    Also, adding a tiny bit of cream of tartar at the beginning, and a bit of baking soda at the end causes bubbles in the toffee, resulting in a lighter end product.

  100. postedDec 22, 2013 2:07 PM
    Melissa Cook

    Just made this! Amazing!!!!! Hubby loved it! Making more tonight 🙂

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