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Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds (Copycat Trader Joe’s Recipe!)

December 16, 2016

Have you ever tried the Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds? They’re unbelievably addictive! I’ve just made your obsession worse by sharing the recipe so you can make them at home with just 5 ingredients! 

Have you ever tried the Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds? They're unbelievably addictive, and I've just made your obsession worse by sharing the recipe so you can make them at home!

I am rarely, if ever, at a loss for what to say in a post. I usually have a story or an anecdote that connects the food to a memory and together that makes a recipe post. But today I’ve got nothing. Mainly because I never expected this recipe to turn out.

Or perhaps more accurately, a part of me didn’t want this recipe to turn out…

You see, I have a deep deep obsession with Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds. For many years (at least 4) they easily be found as the definition of “life weakness”.

But fortunately I had a plan in place to not eat an entire box at once. It’s called “living in Canada”.

Have you ever tried the Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds? They're unbelievably addictive, and I've just made your obsession worse by sharing the recipe so you can make them at home!

Canada has many things: free health care, a sexy prime minister, my family, but it doesn’t have Trader Joe’s. This is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because I can’t eat their Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds all day and a curse because life without TJ’s is a sad sad life.

But I just couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t NOT attempt to make this recipe one more day. Every ounce of me wanted it to fail. I wanted to discover I couldn’t make them as delicious at home. But I was wrong. So so wrong.

I’m sorry for recreating the best recipe ever. I’m sorry for challenging your willpower. I’m sorry for what will inevitably be the demise of all of your future dessert recipes. Trader Joe’s made me do it…


Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 2 cups raw, unsalted almonds
  • 3.5 oz (100 grams) dark chocolate – I used 72%
  • 1/2 cup dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder*
  • 1/2 cup Turbinado sugar or coarse sugar granules
  • 1 tbsp himalayan sea salt

*Do not use regular cocoa powder, it is too bitter.


  1. Melt dark chocolate in microwave or using a double-boiler on stovetop. Be sure not to burn.
  2. Add almonds to dark chocolate and coat well.
  3. In a separate bowl combine cocoa powder, turbinado sugar and sea salt. Stir to combine.
  4. Adding about 5-10 almonds at a time, add dark chocolate covered almonds to cocoa mixture and coat using hands. Do not add almonds all at once as they won’t coat well and will create a mess.
  5. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Repeat until all almonds are covered.
  7. Let sit out for 1 hour to dry.

Keywords: Dark chocolate almonds, dark chocolate sea salt almonds, dark chocolate covered almonds

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  • Reply
    July 16, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Hi, I cant find dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder anywhere. Please suggest how and with what do I substitute it?

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    May 26, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    This sound very easy, but even more delicious. Thanks =)

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    December 17, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I just made these and they’re really amazing. Used coconut sugar and a mix of sea salt and Salish smoked salt. Sogoodsogoodsogood! Bringing them to a party tonight for some very lucky people. 🙂

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    Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    December 17, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Ugh yes I wish we had Trader Joe’s here! Remember when we were planning on doing a mini road trip to Buffalo JUST to go to Trader Joe’s? Haha!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 18, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      OMG! I do remember that! Kind of hilarious how dedicated we were 🙂 Rain cheque on that trip, right?!

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    December 17, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Can u use coconut sugar instead of turbindosugar

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    December 16, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    oh my gosh, mmmm! dark chocolate almonds are basically a staple in my cupboard. love this simple recipe.

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    December 16, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Oh no. I so wish you hadn’t figured out how to make these! I was just saying I was glad I live in Canada and I have to make the almonds last…. Now I’m going to have them all the time! Brilliant! So happy!

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    December 16, 2016 at 7:56 am

    THOSE ALMONDS are beyond addicting. It starts out innocently enough.. and ends in an empty container. But I’m still making these because happiness. Favorite thing from Trader Joe’s (currently) are the peppermint Joe Joes.. should probably not recreate those for a whole lot of reasons haha. PS loving your podcast! Happy Friday xo

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      December 16, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you so much, girl! So happy to hear you’re enjoying it. And sorry about the recipe…I’m giving your willpower a run for it’s money haha

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