Better to Give Chocolate Dipped Almond Stuffed Dates

From Bon Appetit, November 2010

Ingredients
36 salted roasted almonds, divided
2 teaspoons finely grated orange peel, divided
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
12 Medjool dates
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Directions
Line small baking sheet with foil, set aside.
Toss 24 almonds, 1 teaspoon orange peel, honey, and spices in small bowl.  Set aside.
Cut slit in each date and remove pit.
Press 2 spice-coated almonds into each slit and enclose nuts in date.
Melt chocolate in microwave in small microwave-safe bowl until melted. Start with 20 seconds, stopping to stir and continuing at 20 second intervals, giving a stir, until fully melted.
Grasp end of 1 stuffed date and dip 3/4 into melted chocolate. Shake off excess chocolate. Place date on foil. Repeat with remaining dates.
Sprinkle remaining orange peel over chocolate-dipped dates.
Dip 1 plain almond halfway into chocolate; place atop 1 date. Repeat with remaining almonds and dates.
Chill until chocolate sets, 30 minutes.

Yield 12 stuffed dates
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