Ann Reardon

Chocolate Coated Nuts

how to cover nuts in chocolate

 

Let’s be honest… Coming home after spending a month by my son’s side in hospital is a bit of a readjustment. Ordinarily my work week is highly scheduled and fast paced. In contrast hospital was slow but stressful. We still have one week of school holidays left and all I want to do is spend it with Dave and my kids, plus catch up in a bit of sleep. BUT YouTube is a very unforgiving master. The algorithm punished us severely for taking a week off while James was in hospital. So I stayed up too late last night finishing the edit on this video. I am still very much behind in my schedule so may indeed miss another week at some point.

 

To make chocolate coated walnuts you will need:

walnuts in their shell
a thin plastic container
hot glue gun
reusable food safe molding gel

Chocolate Coated Hazelnuts

hazelnuts
chocolate

To make your own panning machine attachment (home-made model #3)
stand mixer
hot glue gun
8″ hemi-sphere mold, drill a hole right in the centre
hemisphere mold
8″ loose based cake tin (remove the base)
loose based cake tin
Attachment piece to join the hemisphere to your stand mixer, I unscrewed the bit I used from the pasta roller attachment. The square end goes into the mixer, the hexagonal end needs to go through into the hemisphere.
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hex nut driver that fits the snuggly onto the hexagonal end of the attachment
make your own chocolate panning machine
Place the end of the attachment piece through the hole in the bowl and hot glue it into place. Once it is set add the hex nut driver onto the piece that is sticking out into the bowl and hot glue into place.

Once it is all set add the attachment to the stand mixer with the head of the mixer in the elevated position.

Turn mixer onto low speed and add your nuts. Add a small amount of chocolate at a time. Adding too much chocolate at once will make your nuts set to the side of the bowl. You can experiment with flavours by adding freeze dried strawberries blended into a powder or some finely grated orange rind.

Once the chocolate is the thickness that you want leave it to tumble for another couple of hours to make them smoother and shinier.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy: http://bit.ly/ARcookbook


All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

13 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    hello
    I would like to know if it is safe to eat the walnuts after using them for the mold

  2. Rating: 5

    Your recipe really good and making ways is fantastic…thanks ANN

  3. nice recepie….

    • Ann

      thanks shelly ?

  4. Rating: 5

    I’m really glad to hear that your son is healing. I’m praying for him–and all of you!–right now…

    • Ann

      Thanks so much Ann, prayers are appreciated

  5. Rating: 5

    So good to hear James is at home and doing much better. I think home care makes recovery much better and quicker. And being around family and his brothers I am sure helps!
    I think I have all the nuts. 1. peanuts, 2 pecan, 3 almond, 4 hazelnuts, 5 Brazil nuts, 6 walnut, 7 macadamia nuts 8 pistachio. Thanks for all your wonderful videos I have been watching for years and love everything. I would love to see more Halloween and Christmas themed videos along with Luau and sunflowers. You made a video a few weeks back with a berry cake and birds come and ate some of it at the very end. Your birds in Australia are beautiful also, I have never seen birds like them before.

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Thanks Genie. The birds in the video are very common in Australia.

  6. Rating: 5

    I am glad to hear that James is at home. I will continue to pray for him. I love your creative ideas, and always look forward to watching your videos. That having been said, your family comes first. If you need to miss a week with all you are dealing with, it is totally understandable. May God strengthen and comfort you and yours.

  7. Rating: 5

    I loved this recipe of chocolate coated nuts-I would make these for birthday parties for my children, when first made them my kids loved them and ate all them within a day so I everyone try this recipe it may take a lot of patience to do it but it is all worth it.

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Thanks Keanna-leigh.

  8. Rating: 5

    So pleased to hear your brilliant news, and praying that your son will soon be fully recovered. Thanks for sharing your video of Chocolate Coated Nuts. Your brain-storming on how to make a panning machine was impressive – and I have to say I would not have the patience to be able to do this.

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Thanks for the feedback Irene.

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