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Finding a Christmas treat from the past
December 21, 2012 6:53 PM   Subscribe

Hello We are looking for a Christmas treat. They were toffee like almonds but I have googled this and only find recipes for toffee almonds. They are sugary, crunchy and In Australia around the late 1980s. We can remember having them but can't seem to remember their name. Any help will be appreciated. Angela
posted by nassep to Food & Drink (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Can you be a bit more specific? Were there almonds in/on it? Was there chocolate? Was it flat? In globs? My mom makes this sort of thing annually, does that look familiar?
posted by jessamyn at 7:02 PM on December 21, 2012


Like Almond Roca? Or is this a homemade thing?
posted by superfille at 7:09 PM on December 21, 2012


Google 'candied almonds' and check out some of the pictures. But i wonder, are you talking about the ones that were pink or white?
posted by Kerasia at 7:23 PM on December 21, 2012


Were they coated in a red sugary crust, a bit like sugared peanuts?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 7:28 PM on December 21, 2012


I ate quite a few sugared almonds in Australia in the late eighties. They were a common party favour, particularly at Christmas and weddings.
posted by hot soup girl at 8:47 PM on December 21, 2012


Or were they perhaps caramelised almonds, also eaten at Christmas?
posted by hot soup girl at 8:50 PM on December 21, 2012


Maybe gebrannte mandeln, a type of candied almond? Strong associations with Christmas. Here is a recipe in English with a photo.
posted by stowaway at 9:01 PM on December 21, 2012


Vienna Almonds?
posted by Cheese Monster at 9:53 PM on December 21, 2012


You don't mean dragées, do you?
posted by lollusc at 11:11 PM on December 21, 2012


(Specifically, what they describe under "Jordan Almonds")?
posted by lollusc at 11:12 PM on December 21, 2012


If you are actually in Australia, Woollies has vanilla sugary almonds right now that are crunchy and delicious (the maple cashews are pretty good, too). The coating is sort of toffee-like, might they be a good enough substitution?
posted by thylacinthine at 11:38 PM on December 21, 2012


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