National almond buttercrunch day
June 29th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

It's crunch time! June 29 is National Almond Buttercrunch Day.

This nutty confection became increasingly popular during World War II. The candy company Brown & Haley had developed their own recipe for almond buttercrunch a few years earlier, and J.C. Haley, the company's co-founder, had the nutty idea of storing it in tins. He figured that if tins kept his coffee fresh, they’d do the same for his beloved candy.

The buttercrunch was shipped to soldiers fighting overseas and soon became an international hit. Brown & Haley called it Almond Roca because most of the almonds during that time were exported from Spain, and "roca," the Spanish word for rock, is indicative of the candy's crunchy texture.

Almond buttercrunch requires only a few ingredients: butter, sugar, salt and almonds. The butter and sugar are melted together to form a toffee, which is then poured over crushed almonds.

Some recipes have chocolate chips in them, and some are dipped in chocolate. If the confection lasts long enough (i.e. you don't eat it all in one sitting), store your buttercrunch in an airtight container - perhaps even a tin.

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  1. jillmarie

    Never heard of it- sounds delicious! Seems like it is exactly like peanut brittle, but with almonds. Would probaly be great crushed up and sprinkled over frozen yogurt or ice cream.
    I love posts like these that give the history behind the item- thanks, CNN Eatocracy!

    June 30, 2012 at 10:14 am | Reply

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