Almond Crunch

1 cup blanched slivered almonds

1 cup butter

1 1/4 cups white sugar

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

2 tablespoons water

2 cups milk chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Arrange almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in the preheated oven until lightly browned, approximately 5 minutes.

2. Line a jelly roll pan with foil.

3. In a heavy saucepan, combine butter, sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil, without stirring, to hard crack stage, 300°. Remove from heat.

4. Working quickly, stir in almonds, and pour mixture into foil-lined jelly roll pan; tip pan from side to side to spread candy evenly in pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips over candy brittle.

Let stand about 5 minutes, or until shiny and soft. Spread chocolate evenly over candy. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for 1 hour. Break into bite-size pieces.

Advice: Invest in a good candy thermometer and always use good ingredients. Do not use margarine as a substitute for the butter; the water content is too high.

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