Chocolate-Covered Pecans are sweet, buttery, and slightly salty, making them a delicious treat! These bite-sized candies are especially tasty around the holidays and make perfect gifts.
This post is all about how to make Chocolate-Covered Pecans.
The sweet and crunchy taste of a chocolate-covered pecan is enough to keep anyone’s mouth-watering! And this easy gourmet recipe is sure to satisfy any craving for something salty and sweet without breaking the bank.
Before heading to your nearby See’s Candy or Godiva chocolate store this Christmas, make a bunch of these gourmet candied pecans and hand them out as gifts. I promise you won’t regret it, and the receiver of these chocolate treats will appreciate the delicious contrast of dark chocolate covered-pecans mixed with milk chocolate and white.
Need more convincing? There’s just something about the salty and sweet combination that makes you want to grab handfuls of these candies. I’m not sure how many I’ve eaten, but it’s been a lot!
This easy recipe calls for five (main) ingredients, and if you prefer making just one type of chocolate-covered pecan, that is perfectly fine too! Let’s dive into the recipe and all of the ways you can gift these gourmet candies.
What Ingredients Will I Need?
Why are these chocolate-covered pecans so good?
As mentioned above, any chocolate-dipped pecan is addicting and unbelievably delicious, but what sets this gourmet recipe apart from any other are the three chocolates used. You just can’t beat the contrasting flavors you taste when combining dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white. It’s UNREAL.
What is the best chocolate with nuts?
As you can see from the photo, I used Ghirardelli chocolate melting wafers. Are they the best? YES. Does the Ghirardelli brand add extra smooth chocolaty richness? YES. However, they are more expensive than other chocolate melting wafers (around $7 per bag), so FYI, you can still make a delicious chocolate pecan using an off-brand. But if you’re going for the WOW factor, use the Ghirardelli wafers.
Ingredients For Chocolate-Covered Pecans:
- Brown Sugar
- Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers
- Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Melting Wafers
- Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers
- Skillet (for roasting pecans)
- Pyrex bowl (Microwave-safe bowl for melting chocolates)
- Silicone Mat or Parchment Paper (for drying chocolate pecans)
How To Make These Chocolate-Covered Pecans
Now that you’re salivating over the thought of these sweet treats, I wanted to reassure you that this is an EASY recipe to follow. So, before you start asking where can I buy chocolate-covered pecans, take a peek below at how easy it is to make these decadent, bite-sized snacks.
Roasting The Pecans:
Heat a skillet over low/medium heat, and add three cups of pecans, four tablespoons of butter (1/2 stick), five tablespoons of brown sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt. Stir the nuts constantly for four to five minutes.
Watch the nuts closely because sugar burns fast, so DO NOT leave the nuts unattended OR go over the four to five minute cooking time. Next, spread out the nuts on parchment paper or a silicone mat. Please make sure the nuts are dry and cool before covering them in chocolate.
The Chocolate Coating:
Begin melting the chocolate in a pyrex bowl, one flavor at a time. Follow the directions on the bag for how to melt the wafers. I used 1/2 cup of Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers, 1/2 cup of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate, and 1/2 cup of Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate. If you want to use one kind of chocolate, use 1.5 cups of that flavor. Layout a clean silicone mat or sheet of parchment paper.
Divide the dry roasted nuts into three ways. Since we started with three cups of pecans, each chocolate flavor should have about a cup. Add one cup of the nuts to your first batch of chocolate melted in the pyrex bowl. Mix and coat the nuts with a spoon. Next, begin placing each nut onto the silicone mat or parchment paper to cool and harden with a fork.
Make sure each nut has a generous chocolate coating. If you see a nut that looks lightly coated, spoon some of the leftover chocolate from the bowl on top of the nut. Repeat this process for the next chocolate flavor.
Sprinkle with Sea Salt
Lightly sprinkle each pecan with sea salt before the chocolate dries completely. It should take approximately 20 minutes for the chocolate-covered pecans to dry. Transfer the silicone mat or parchment paper to a baking sheet and stick them in the freezer for about 5 minutes if you’re in a hurry.
Tips and Frequently Asked Questions:
Are Chocolate-Covered Pecans healthy?
While this recipe DOES NOT fall in line with the keto diet, this pecan treat can be the perfect healthy snack if eaten in moderation. Since pecans are packed with protein and nutrients, this snack doesn’t have to be all bad. Plus, if you dip the pecans in dark chocolate, that adds a ton of antioxidants and minerals.
How many calories are in dark, milk, or white Chocolate-Covered Pecans?
The caloric breakdown will vary from recipe to recipe and depend on the type of chocolates used, so always check the nutrition on the back. Below is an approximation of calories according to the Ghirardelli Chocolate melting wafers.
- 1 ounce serving of dark chocolate-covered pecans is approximately 220 calories.
- 1 ounce serving of milk chocolate pecans is approximately 150 calories.
- 1 ounce serving of white chocolate pecans is approximately 170 calories.
Can Chocolate-Covered Pecans be frozen?
Yes, and they taste even better frozen! Be sure to store them in an airtight container to ensure freshness. Make a big batch of these, and you will always have fresh treats on hand for guests or last-minute gifts.
How Can I Serve or Gift Chocolate-Covered Pecans?
If you’re having a party and want to serve an after-dinner treat, these are perfect! Bring out the port glasses and pour the best port wine to complement the sweet contrasting tastes of chocolate. Your guests will be in heaven!
Have other dessert plans? No problem, send them home with these bite-sized candies by placing them in a classy dessert box. I promise no one will ever forget your hosting skills.
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- Pyrex Bowl
- Silicone mat or parchment paper
Ingredients for Chocolate-Covered Pecans
- 3 cups Pecans
- 4 tbsp Butter (1/2 stick)
- 5 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1/8 tsp Salt This salt will be added to the candied coating when roasting the pecans.
- 1/2 cup Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers
- 1/2 cup Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Melting Wafers
- 1/2 cup Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melting Wafers
- Lightly sprinkle sea salt on top of each pecan once they've been dipped in chocolate.
Roasting the pecans
- Watch the nuts closely because sugar burns fast, so DO NOT leave the nuts unattended OR go over the four to five minute cooking time. Next, spread out the nuts on parchment paper or a silicone mat.
The Chocolate Coating
- Begin melting the chocolate in a pyrex bowl, one flavor at a time. Follow the directions on the bag for how to melt the wafers. I used 1/2 cup of Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers, 1/2 cup of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate, and 1/2 cup of Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate. If you want to use one kind of chocolate, use 1.5 cups of that flavor. Layout a clean silicone mat or sheet of parchment paper.
- Divide the dry roasted nuts into three ways. Since we started with three cups of pecans, each chocolate flavor should have about a cup. Add one cup of the nuts to your first batch of chocolate melted in the pyrex bowl. Mix and coat the nuts with a spoon. Next, begin placing each nut onto the silicone mat or parchment paper to cool and harden with a fork.
- Make sure each nut has a generous chocolate coating. If you see a nut that looks lightly coated, spoon some of the leftover chocolate from the bowl on top of the nut. Repeat this process for the next chocolate flavor.
Sprinkle with Sea Salt
Final Thoughts On Chocolate-Covered Pecans
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Chocolate-Covered Pecans are a perfect dessert to serve on Spaghetti Nights. And Pizza Nights.
Margaret A Schnell says
Can you add amaretto?
What about serving amaretto in a small glass with the chocolate-covered pecans? It would taste great!
Or add 1 tsp of amaretto to the 1/2 cup of melted chocolate. I’ve never tried it before but I think 1 teaspoon would work nicely.