White Toasted Almond Bark with Sea Salt

White Toasted Almond Bark with Sea Salt is one of my personal favorite recipes on the blog.  This easy dessert features deeply toasted almonds embedded in creamy white chocolate and the combination is unbelievable, you have to try it for yourself!

Toasted Almond Bark

Chocolate bark recipes are some of the easiest out there, and every year I’m freshly amazed that so little effort produces such a delicious result.  You can’t really go wrong with this simple project, as long as you use good quality ingredients.  Barks are quicker to make, keep longer, and ship better than cookies.  I think they are a holiday no-brainer.   This one involves dark roasted almonds encased in creamy white chocolate and then dusted with sea salt. What sets this bark apart is the extra deep roasted almonds.  They will be quite brown and when you bite into them they are extra crisp and super flavorful.  I first discovered these almonds at a cozy Italian restaurant my husband and I used to go to when we were looking for a little romance… it was so many years ago I can’t even remember the name.  They set out little bowls of these nuts on the table the minute you arrived.  They were just plain almonds, no salt or oil added, but they were roasted to a dark rich brown, and they were addictive.

When you embed these almonds in good quality white chocolate and shower it with a little sea salt,  you won’t know what to do with yourself. Do what I did and give some of it away, it makes a distinctive gift for the holidays.

White Toasted Almond Bark with Sea Salt

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole raw almonds, skin on
  • 2 10 oz bags of white chocolate chips or 20 oz of any good white chocolate, chopped in pieces
  • sea salt, ground fairly fine

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Put the nuts on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Give the pan a shake from time to time, and watch carefully for the last 5 minutes. You want the almonds to get dark roasted, but not burnt. Set the pan aside and let the nuts cool on the pan.
  3. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat, parchment paper, or non stick foil.
  4. Put the white chocolate in a glass microwave safe bowl and heat on 50% power for a minute. Keep heating, checking, and stirring until the chocolate is melted. If you are using chips they won't look melted until you stir them.
  5. When the chocolate is melted and smooth, add in the almonds and quickly spread out the mixture on the lined baking sheet.
  6. Dust the warm chocolate with sea salt, being careful to get it evenly distributed across the bark.
  7. Set the pan in the refrigerator to cool until fully set, at least an hour.
  8. Break apart the bark into whatever size pieces you choose.
  9. Try not to eat it all before you can give some of it away.

Notes

If you have trouble melting chocolate in the microwave, you can always do it in a double boiler. Set a bowl or pan over another pan of gently simmering water and slowly melt the chocolate while stirring.

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notes:

Your friends are going to love you.

 

36 Comments

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    NRS
    January 20, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Love, love, love this! Such a great combo with the dark almonds, white chocolate and sea salt! Thanks!

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    Lau
    December 11, 2016 at 8:29 am

    This recipe looks awesome! I’m just wondering for how long these are good for once they are ready? Thanks!

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      Sue
      December 11, 2016 at 8:56 am

      You can keep this in the refrigerator indefinitely, Lau. At least a month.

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    Melanie
    October 28, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Toasted almonds, white chocolate…my kinda holiday gift recipe! Pretty, elegant, and absolutely scrumptious. And your presentation is excellent. Now I know what I’m going to do with that big Costco bag of almonds in the freezer.

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      Sue
      October 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      This is an older post, Melanie, but I have to tell you it’s one of my all time favorites!!

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    Carolyn
    June 11, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Great recipe and great bark!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 11, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Thanks, it’s one of my favorites, Carolyn.

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    Shannon
    November 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Those candy cane gift tags are gorgeous! Will you share the source?

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      Sue
      November 8, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      Sorry Shannon, this was an old post, and I don’t remember where I got them!

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    Paula
    December 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    2nd round for white chocolate almond barks around here! My brother in low loved them, Mr Paula is afraid of them (he can’t stop once he’s started) and I know how to make them happy. This really is a great, festive gift!

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    grace
    December 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    i love barks with bite (insert rimshot here!), and this one is awesome. the tastiness of the sweet and salty combination is never lost on me.

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    Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen
    December 7, 2011 at 1:45 am

    With these, even your enemies would love you! can i have one please please please!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    December 6, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Ohh how good is this!! This is definite on my Christmas List. I have just been into Haighs in Melbourne and you would certainly give them a run for their money!

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    Barbara
    December 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Sue, those photos are spectacular!! I’ve never been overly fond of white chocolate, but this looks wonderful. What a super hostess gift.

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    Joanne
    December 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I LOVE a good white chocolate bark and the sweet and salty in these sounds great!

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    Stephanie
    December 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    They look lovely. Happy I provided a little inspiration :) Almonds and white chocolate are a great combo.

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    annie
    December 6, 2011 at 1:17 am

    I wish I loved on your block…it looks so good and love the addition of sea salt. It works perfectly for my decor this year…i can just see it in one of my candy jars! Your photos are beautiful!
    xo
    annie

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    Victoria
    December 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    one of my parents’ neighbours used to give us candy cane white chocolate and almond bark every year…i loved it…I might have to recreate!! thanks for the inspiration :)

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    Kathy
    December 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks for the recipes and ideas! I have been making cookies for many years but now work so I was looking for a quicker, easier alternative.

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    Claudia
    December 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    My friends are indeed going to love me. Love the deeply roasted almonds and then the touch of sea salt. In sweet/salt heaven.

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    December 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    sea salt with chocolate is just the ultimate combination of sweet and salty! This bark looks like heaven to this chocolate lover!

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    Rose
    December 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    If I send you my address, will you send some to me too?

    I love almonds, and I love white chocolate!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    December 5, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Mary—I was thinking that this might be good made with milk chocolate. I think dark chocolate would compete with the strong flavor of the dark almonds. I may just have to make more to test the theory…;)

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    Mary
    December 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    This looks perfect for gifts! I’ve never made a white bark, because I’m not a huge fan of white chocolate. With the dark almonds though, it is really tempting me. It is so pretty!

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    Rita
    December 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    This looks so good and very professional. Your friend are lucky to get this lovely trat.
    Rita

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    Louise @ cosmetic bee
    December 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Wow this looks fantastic. Even though I am not that fond of white chocolate, I love white chocolate almond bark!

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    Yummy Mummy
    December 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I need this in my life. NOW. What a perfect gift!

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    yummychunklet
    December 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I loved this stuff as a kid. So yummy!

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    Hungry Dog
    December 5, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Sue, this is so lovely.Every year I am part of a cookie baking party/exchange and I might have to give this a try. I have never made bark but it seems simple (and delicious!)

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    hostess of the humble bungalow
    December 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I make bark every year but I have never thought to add sea salt. I will try this!

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    A Trifle Rushed
    December 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Oooh! Yummy! These look and sound delectable, how truly scrumptious. Bark isn’t big here in the UK, but I am busy making the Peppermint variety and giving it to friends and everyone seems to love it. (Most importantly my American friend liked it!) My husband will just love this, and as you say it travels and keeps well, so I will be trying your recipe as soon as I have bought some almonds. Thank you for sharing it.

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    Jacquelyn
    December 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    As always, this recipe looks amazing. When are you going to put together a cook book?

    I made a similar bark with dark chocolate and almonds but like the option of white chocolate as well. I am going to make this and give a little of both to friends!

    Jackie

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    Heather @ girlichef.com
    December 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I would definitely LOVE you. These are a favorite holiday treat of mine. And they’re so simply beautiful!

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    Sarah (Snippets of Thyme)
    December 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    What a perfect holiday gift for your friends. I love the white against the brown (like birch trees) and then the pop of red in the card with the festive sparkle of silver. I just love it!

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