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Kariokes: Greek Traditional Walnut-Filled Chocolate Crescents

Last week a fellow colleague had her birthday and she brought some kariokes to treat us! I hadn’t eaten kariokes for quite a long time and I had forgotten how mouthwatering this dessert is. Rich in flavor, kariokes is made of chocolate with roughly cut walnuts inside and covered with a thick chocolate layer. A truly ideal treat for any chocolate lover!

Kariokes is, in fact, popular during Christmas season; nonetheless, this does not mean you cannot enjoy these delicious walnut-filled chocolate crescents all year long. As kariokes is a dessert that you can easily make at home, it is a delightful treat for your unexpected guests or a birthday treat at work as in Greece we have the tradition to bring some desserts to our work on birthdays and name days. Actually, many Greeks treat their friends when any family member has a birthday or name day. Sometimes I wonder how we keep being so thin after all the desserts we eat all the time!

To make kariokes you need almonds, walnuts, butter, sweetened condensed milk, and couverture. If you want to give a special taste try adding some dried prunes to this recipe. You need to place the kariokes in the refrigerator in order to keep them fresh! This kariokes recipe takes one hour to prepare but you need to start the process one day before. This traditional recipe gives 30 to 40 pieces.

Kariokes recipe

Kariokes – Ingredients

  • 2 cups of almonds
  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • 250 g of dried prunes
  • 125 g of butter
  • 1 sweetened condensed milk
  • 350 g of couverture

Kariokes – Instructions

  1. Take a pot add the almonds. Allow them to bake and roast. Then cut them into small pieces with a knife.
  2. With a knife coarsely cut the walnuts and finely cut the dried prunes. Mix the almonds, walnuts, and prunes.
  3. Melt the couverture in a bain-marie, and add all the other ingredients (sweetened condensed milk, butter, walnuts, almonds, and dried prunes). Mix well the ingredients and allow it to cool down.
  4. Once cooled down, divide it into three equal pieces and form three sticks. Cover the sticks with some buttered aluminum foil. Place them in the refrigerator over.
  5. The next day, remove the aluminum foil and cut them into 1-centimeter pieces.  Cut the pieces in half if you wish to give the half moon shape (optional).
  6. Melt again some couverture in a bain-marie and dip each piece so their surface is covered.
  7. Once they cooled, you may cover each piece with some foil candy wrappers.

Again, don’t forget to place the wrapped desserts in the refrigerator. I hope you and your beloved ones like eating kariokes as much as my family does!

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