Chocolate Candies Filled with Pistachio Paste

1/2 sheet pan

Pistachio paste
200g Pistachio butter
200g Sugar
160g Cocoa butter, melted
Salt pinch
150g Pistachio pieces

1000g Milk Chocolate, tempered

Pistachio dust


1. Toast raw pistachios in a 300°F for four minutes. Transfer warm nuts to a food processor and blend until the mixture turns oily and separates. Add confectioner’s sugar and combine thoroughly. Blend in melted cocoa butter. Temper this mixture by agitating on a cold marble surface until cool, but still fluid. Blend in the chopped pistachios. Spread between 3/8” bars and crystalize fully.

2. Pre-coat the exposed pistachio filling with a thin layer of tempered dark chocolate. Flip the slab and cut into bars, 1” wide. Glaze with tempered milk chocolate and decorate with pistachio dust. Once cooled and set, cut into individual pieces.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!