We make this candy at Christmas. Box some up before you eat it. It makes a fine gift.
Grate one very large milk chocolate or bittersweet chocolate bar.
Finely chop almonds (or pecans, if you happen to live in a pecan orchard, as we do) to equal 2 cups.
Mix together chocolate and nuts, set aside.
Combine in deep saucepan: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup melted butter, 2 tsp. vanilla, 3 tbl. water.
Boil and stir over medium heat until mixture reaches 300 degrees (hard crack stage). This will be just a little after the mixture begins to change to a golden color.
Spread half the chocolate mixture on a large cookie sheet. Pour the boiling mixture onto the chocolate, spread it with a spatula, then top with the rest of the chocolate and nuts.
Let cool until hard. Break into pieces.