Chocolate Turrón

Easy chocolate turron recipe

​The Spruce / Teena Agnel

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Refrigerate: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
690 Calories
51g Fat
48g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 690
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51g 65%
Saturated Fat 25g 123%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 18%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 8mg 42%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 14mg 79%
Potassium 643mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Turrón is the Spanish candy most commonly associated with Christmas in Spain. Until recently, there were just two kinds of almond turrón, which originated in Spain centuries ago. The first kind is turrón duro, hard nougat candy with whole almonds, and turrón blando, a smooth, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth candy similar in texture to peanut butter. Both were simply made with almonds (preferably Marcona almonds), honey and egg whites. Over the last few decades, these two classics have been joined by a huge variety of new turróns with different textures and flavors, including chocolate turrón. There are several chocolate turrón varieties—from creamy mousse-filled type to this crunchy turrón with nuts and puffed rice. It's no wonder that the Spanish now produce several chocolate turróns, since the Spanish love affair with chocolate started shortly after the Spanish landed in Mexico.

This easy chocolate turrón is made with chocolate, almonds, and puffed rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies), and refrigerated until firm. When ready to serve, cut into slices.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (227 grams) semisweet baking chocolate

  • 8 ounces (227 grams) dark chocolate (60 percent cocoa)

  • 2.5 ounces (70 grams) vegetable shortening, at room temperature

  • 2.8 ounces (80 grams) puffed rice cereal

  • 3 ounces (85 grams) almonds, slivered or coarsely chopped

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Gather the ingredients for chocolate turron
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  2. Break up the baking chocolate and dark chocolate into pieces. (Baking chocolate usually has score marks to make breaking easier.) 

    Break up chocolate
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  3. Place in a medium-size glass mixing bowl with a tablespoon of water and heat in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.

    Place in mixing bowl
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  4. Check the chocolate and stir. If not melted, return to oven and cook for another 30 seconds.

    Melt chocolate
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  5. Repeat until chocolate is completely melted.

    Repeat until melted
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  6. Add the vegetable shortening to the melted chocolate immediately and stir until shortening is blended into the chocolate.

    Melted chocolate
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  7. Stir in the puffed rice and almonds. 

    Stir in puffed rice
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  8. Spread chocolate mixture into a mold approximately 5 by 7 inches. (Silicone molds work best. If no silicone mold is available, use a plastic storage container.)

    Spread chocolate mixture into mold
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  9. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place turrón in ​the refrigerator for at least 6 hours.

    Cover with plastic wrap
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  10. Remove and run a paring knife around the outside of the mold.

    Run paring knife around sides
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  11. Twist container or mold to loosen turrón, then turn out onto​ a plate. 

    Loosen
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  12. Cut into slices about 1/4-inch thick.

    Cut into slices
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  13. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve chocolate turron
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Recipe Variation

  • Replace the almonds with coarsely chopped hazelnuts.
  • Add finely chopped dried fruit, such as raisins or dates.