When I was a little boy, one of my favorite things to do every summer was take the roadtrip up to upstate South Carolina and visit my grandparents. They lived in a small town, and their house sat on a large piece of land that was just perfect for a 6-year-old with a very active imagination. (I still swear there is pirate’s treasure buried out there behind the barn! Wait, pirates never ventured into upstate SC?!?) One of my fondest memories of my grandfather was him sitting down in his big reclining chair and saying “Mmmm, boy, Almond Joy.” I had no clue what that meant, and it wasn’t until years later that I realized the phrase was from an old 1960′s Almond Joy commercial. Either way, when I first took a bite of this Chocolate Almond Tart, it reminded of an Almond Joy candy bar. (And whenever I think of Almond Joy, I think of spending summers with my grandpa.) If you are a fan of chocolate, coconut, and almonds, then this tart has your name written all over it!
I’ll be the first to admit that this dessert takes a couple of steps to make, but trust me when I say that you will be well-rewarded for your efforts! The tart is super rich, and you don’t need a very large piece at all. In fact, I’d guess that you could easily get 12-16 servings out of this tart. Oh, and this tart is also gluten-free, so if you’ve got friends or family visiting for the holidays who can’t eat gluten, then this Almond Joy Tart is certainly a good option. (The crust is actually made out of ground up almonds, and no flour is used at all.) I hope you enjoy this tasty dessert!