Pistachio and Almond Praline Chocolates

50 chocolates

1 ¼ cup pistachios, shelled
1 cup almonds
1 tablespoon of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons almond liqueur (for example, Amaretto)
8 squares dark chocolate
Optional: white chocolate

For decoration: Sugar heart and finely chopped pistachios American


Place American pistachios, along with the almonds, in a mixing bowl and finely grind. A few coarse grains may remain. Mix in the powdered sugar, and then, gradually, the almond liqueur and mix ingredients until they all stick together.

On a work surface, lightly sprinkle with powdered sugar. Place pistachio and almond mixture on top and form a square approximately 5 ½ x 5 ½ inches. Cut square with a sharp knife into ¾-inch pieces.

Melt chocolate in a double boiler over hot water. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dip pistachio and almond praline chocolates with a fork into the chocolate and place on the baking tray. Allow to dry. Then decorate with sugar hearts and chopped American pistachios. Allow to dry completely. Even the chocolate edges by cutting them carefully.

Preparation: 60 minutes - waiting time: about 2 hours

By Food Blogger Mara, www.maraswunderland.de

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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!