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Homemade Almond Roca

Make a batch of Homemade Almond Roca for parties, cookie trays, or gift-giving. These toffee candies are absolutely scrumptious, impressive, and easy to make.

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Homemade Almond Roca is perfect for sharing.

Homemade Almond Roca is a holiday classic that brings us back to childhood

When my brother and I were Littles, we often savored our gold-foil-wrapped Almond Roca candies by the fistful. We loved finding those happy pink canisters in our kitchen any time of year.

To this day, it’s anybody’s guess whether all those chocolate covered toffee candies were given to us by Mom’s friends or if she secretly stashed our pantry with them herself.

Either way, that pretty much started a long term friendship with the chocolatey, crunchy, highly addictive Almond Roca. 💓


Vary the shapes, sizes, and look of your Almond Roca for the fun of it

Few goodies are more impressive or appreciated than a container of homemade Almond Roca gifted to your favorite people.

These homemade Almond Roca are easy and every bit as amazingly delicious as the ones you buy off the shelf.  The varied shapes and sizes of your homemade toffee candies makes it super fun for munching during the holidays.

Homemade almond roca uses Only 6 ingredients

  • Light brown sugar – pack it in tight
  • Salted butter – you’ll need 2 cups (or 4 sticks.) While you’re doling out the butter, remind yourself it’s a special occasion
  • Roasted and salted almonds, coarsely chopped – if you can put them in the oven for a quick fresh roast (take care not to burn, of course) then you’ll be massively rewarded with a wonderful nutty aroma
  • Milk chocolate chips – you can technically use semi-sweet or dark chocolate, but milk chocolate simply tastes best in these crunchy/chewy toffee candies
  • vegetable oil
  • Special equipment: Candy thermometer – now’s the time to invest in one, if you don’t have one already. Use it to make this unbelievable 4-Ingredient salted caramel as well.

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Almond roca chocolates are perfect for parties, gifts, and keep well

Wrap ’em up, tie some ribbons, and generously share the love. Bonus: you can absolutely make them ahead of time, wrap them up, and they stay deliciously ‘n delightfully crunchy for several weeks at moderate room temp. They also freeze well for those holiday-treat-emergencies. They’re perfect for sharing any time of year.

More to make and eat:

Try this 4-Ingredient Salted Caramel

Homemade Almond Roca

4.88 from 16 ratings
Homemade Almond Roca toffee chocolates are absolutely scrumptious. They're crunchy, chocolatey, and taste just like the original pink canister ones you've loved since childhood. Perfect for gift-giving or holiday party trays.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 40


  • 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups 4 sticks salted butter
  • 1 ½ cups roasted and salted almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • Special equipment: Candy thermometer


  • Stir: In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, add brown sugar and salted butter. Stir often for 3-4 minutes, or until mixture is bubbly and thick (candy thermometer registers 280F)
  • Combine and Pour: Immediately remove from heat once thermometer hits 290F. Add 3/4 cup almonds to the mixture and stir to combine well. Pour evenly into a rimmed 18x13 baking sheet, using the back of a wooden spoon to smooth evenly into the pan. Work quickly here, as mixture thickens and sets quickly.
  • Melt and Layer: While toffee cools, set a heavy pot over low heat. Add chocolate and oil, stirring until just barley melted through. Use a rubber spatula to transfer melted chocolate evenly on top of toffee layer, taking care to smooth the surface. Sprinkle remaining chopped almonds evenly over the warm chocolate layer.
  • Chill and Cut: Chill in fridge for a couple of hours to cool completely. Once fully set, carefully cut the toffee into pieces with a sharp knife. Homemade Almond Roca keep well in airtight container for a couple of weeks at room temp.


Homemade Almond Roca can be kept airtight at moderate room temp for several weeks, as they keep very well. They can also be frozen for a longer period of time and defrosted at room temp for holiday (any day) treat emergencies 🙂 
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1.9g | Fat: 14.5g | Saturated Fat: 7.7g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 26.3mg | Sodium: 82.5mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14.3g
Course: candies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Method: Stovetop

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    • Farrukh Aziz
    • 5 stars

    These were awesome, Amy! I love how these take only 20 minutes to prepare, makes it so much easier for me. 🙂

    • Vicki
    • 5 stars

    I made this recipe and it was delish! However, after about 24 hours the toffee softened and became crumbly. It was hard and chewy the first day. What did I do wrong?

      • chewoutloud

      Vicki, it’s hard to tell without seeing it, but was it allowed to fully cool before covering/storing?

        • Vicki

        No I didn’t realize I should do that. I put the chocolate on top of it and let it sit for a few minutes but then, I’m pretty sure I covered it. It is easier to eat softened and crumbly but I did want to know what happened so I won’t repeat my mistake. Thank you so much for your answer. The recipe is so good and everyone at the party really liked it.

        • Vicki
        • 5 stars

        I thought I replied but don’t see it so will try again. I didn’t wait until it was completely cooled before covering. As a matter of fact, the toffee that is against the side of the pan remained hard while the middle became soft so I think that must be my problem. Thank you so much for the recipe and for troubleshooting!

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