WARNING: These are addictive. Like, you have to hid them from yourself or you’ll eat them all and use the excuse “Oh, it’s just nuts and chocolate! Both healthy and good for you!” Not that I did that, oh no. I don’t even need an excuse to scarf these down.
As much as I’d love to take all the credit for this genius idea, it actually belongs to an ex-employer of mine, Gearhart’s Chocolates in Virginia. See, I worked for a few months in Charlottesville, VA making chocolate (and gaining weight due to eating chocolate!) It was an amazing experience and opened my eyes to what artisan chocolates are – handmade, detailed, delicious confections. With bread being in first place, chocolates & confections come in a close second as my favorite items to make.
See, at Gearhart’s we made Chai Spiced Chocolate Dipped Pecans. They were so carefully made and packaged, that we only packaged WHOLE pecans, meaning a few did break in the process. And those were the ones we got to take home. We also took home the “ugly” chocolate truffles. The ones that weren’t perfect, the ones that were scuffed. They were still delicious and needed love, so I was glad to give them that loving!
What You’ll Need To Do:
- Melt the chocolate however you want. If you’re using the microwave, make sure to check it every 15-20 seconds. Easiest way is to just simmer some water in a pot, place chocolate in metal or glass bowl, and throw the bowl on top of the pot to slowly melt.
- Sift together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and chai spice powder. Reserve.
- Place walnuts in a large bowl and drizzle in the melted chocolate. Toss until all walnuts are coated. Dump the sifted sugar mixture over the walnuts and mix! It’s done with all the walnuts are evenly coated with both chocolate and a top coat of powdery goodness.
- Layer walnuts on a sheet tray and let dry for 30 minutes to an hour. Keep in an airtight container on your desk and snack on them daily!