A Weekend to Remember
Celebrating Valentine’s weekend in New Orleans smack in the middle of Mardi Gras season is quite a treat for the senses. I have yet to enjoy a meal that didn’t conclude with King Cake and Champagne, not that I’m complaining. We’ll be celebrating tomorrow rather untraditionally by spending it with our girls at Mardi Gras parades around town, but I just can’t imagine Valentine’s Day without two of my favorite treats, white chocolate and almonds. And since I’m on the go this weekend I have no choice but to serve up the most decadent dessert that I can whip up in ten minutes or less.
A Perfect Pairing
Last month when I attended the National launch for Georgia’s very first hand-crafted peanut butter, Georgia Grinders, I also got to sample Jaime Foster’s four delicious flavors of all natural almond butters. NaturAlmond is one of the country’s largest hand crafted, small batch Almond Butter companies, so you can find their sweet and savory flavors, like Original, Salt Free, Maple Caramel and Honey Roasted, at stores near you. The Maple Caramel happens to be my favorite, not only because it’s so incredibly sweet and delicious all on its own, but because when you combine it with just one other simple ingredient it turns into one amazingly quick, melt-in-your-mouth dessert!
All Natural and Nutritional
Not only will this crunchy fudge instantly bring a huge smile to your face, but you can actually feel good about eating something that packs such a huge nutritional punch! Almond butter is rich in vitamins and minerals, like Biotin, Calcium and Magnesium, and it’s also been clinically proven to lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Now that’s one sweet treat for your sweetheart that you don’t have to feel the least bit guilty about.
National Almond Day
Not that I ever need an excuse to celebrate, especially this long holiday weekend, but Monday also happens to be National Almond Day! I know you’re just dying to make this crunchy almond white chocolate fudge, and NaturAlmond is giving you the perfect excuse to do it. In celebration of National Almond Day, you can purchase online, any of their four delicious flavors, on Monday at a 20% discount!
Suggested Wine Pairings
The perfect dessert wine can totally put this epic pairing of flavored almond butter and white chocolate completely over the top. This rich and creamy fudge begs for a rich dessert wine that compliments and accentuates the sweet and nutty flavor of the almond butter. My favorite combinations are Tawny Port, with its soft, but rich caramel flavor, and Sauternes, which is liquid gold in its own right and just melts in your mouth along with the fudge, introducing nuances of sweet honeysuckle. Or for an extra special Valentine’s treat, try this melt-in-your-mouth fudge with a lightly sparkling Moscato d’Asti or Brachetto d’Acqui, two of my many Italian favorites.