I found the perfect sweet treat for a movie night. It's these little chocolate clusters. They are so crunchy and easy to eat, perfect after a bowl of popcorn while watching your favourite movie at home. What's fun about this recipe is what makes the chocolate balls crunchy: fried egg noodles. That's right, the type you use in soups and Chinese Lo Mein. Perhaps it's not a new idea, but for me it is. I saw it while flipping through a cookbook about noodles the other day at the local library. I don't remember the book name, neither the recipe itself, I just remember that it used fried egg noodles to add crunchiness to the chocolate. And I loved the idea!
This is my attempt on recreating it. As I said, it feels perfect for movie night, but I am sure they would be a welcome snack at anytime of the day or occasion. The good thing is that once prepared, the chocolate crunches stay in the fridge and can be served anytime.
This sweet treat didn't take more than 15 minutes to make and it takes only about 10 minutes to chill in the fridge. How easy is that?
Chocolate Almond Crunch Recipe:
makes about 20 balls
You will need: (the measures on this recipe are pretty loose)
3 oz of egg noodles
oil for frying
10 oz of chocolate (any type you want to, I made some with white and some with milk chocolate)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of golden raisins
1/2 cup of sliced almonds
Fry the noodles in hot oil (about 375 F) for 1 minute, be careful not to burn it. Transfer to a bowl, and let it cool. Once cooled, break it up with your hands.
Melt the chocolate using a double boiler, once melted,add vanilla and stir. Add the broken noodles, raisins and almonds. Mix well with a spoon or spatula until it is evenly incorporated.
Drop spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture into a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Chill in the fridge until set and ready to serve.
This is my entry for this month's Weekend Wokking, an event created by Wandering Chopsticks featuring a different secret ingredient every month. This month's host is Blazing Hot Wok and the secret ingredient is almond.