I guarantee you will never make anything so delicious, that is so easy, and requires so few ingredients. at least not a dessert. I am toying with the idea of making more of my own candy clones, in order to control ingredients.
if i cant make it i cant eat it kind of thing....
FYI family members, this is likely what you are getting for christmas if you live near me...
4 sticks salted butter
2 2/3 cups cane sugar (or white sugar)
1/8 cup water
2 cups whole or chopped toasted almonds (or a mixture of the two)
chocolate chips (optional)
in a large saucepan melt the butter, add the sugar and water. on medium heat, heat the mixture until 300 degrees F on a candy thermometer (the thermometer is not optional). when it reaches 280 degrees watch very carefully because it will shoot up, and if it passes 300 you will have lollipops, or worse.
Add the almonds to the mixture and stir. pour into a WELL GREASED baking sheet. sprinkle on chocolate chips in whatever quantity you wish (i like just a touch of chocolate). you can also melt chocolate and spread it over the cooled mixture instead. when the mixture has cooled completely, turn it out onto waxed paper. place it in the freezer to make sure chocolate hardens. break into pieces.