Whether you get your news from the daily paper, the local television station, or the internet, I’m sure you’ll agree that there is far too little good news coming your way.
However, take heart; April 21 is National Chocolate Covered Cashew Day. This is particularly good news for me, since cashews are my favorite nut, and chocolate is my favorite, well…everything. I have to confess, I celebrated a little early this year. Okay, I celebrated a lot early this year. While visiting a friend this evening, I munched on a few chocolatey cashew confections that were purchased at the local salvage outlet store. I have to say though, they left me wanting. The candies were a bit waxy and stale, and the chocolate seemed a bit off; they had too much sugar, and too little chocolate.
In my somewhat passionate opinion, a chocolate covered cashew should be bliss from beginning to end. So forget the store-bought variety. There’s no better way to celebrate this day than by making your own. These candies are simple to make, and if you make them on your own you get to choose exactly how to make them. Some prefer dark chocolate, others prefer milk chocolate to cover the mild, buttery nuts. Should the nuts be salted or plain? Here are choices in life that are fun to make. Take stock of your cupboards and be prepared for April 21.
Here’s what you’ll need to make amazing chocolate covered cashews:
- 1 package quality chocolate pieces or chips (Ghiradelli chips melt nicely, or you can use a quality organic bar, broken into pieces)
- whole cashews, salted or unsalted (avoid the halves and pieces)
- double boiler or medium stockpot and heavy glass bowl
- parchment paper
For detailed directions, view a nice step-by-step tutorial here. Buying cashews in bulk can lower the overall cost of production and it is possible to purchase bulk organic, locally grown nuts in many southern states such as our state, good old Louisiana. Here is a list of natural food stores from all around the state that you can check for bulk nuts.
Now that you’ve made your cashew treats, you can go really wild and double dip them. Then grab a friend and challenge him or her to a game of pinochle or bridge, or better yet, play a game of poker, wagering your cashews for the winnings. There’s a way to make the game interesting.
However you decide to celebrate, have a happy Chocolate Covered Cashew Day…today and every day.