Sprinkle 1/2 cup almond sliver and 1/2 cup chocolate chips in the bottom of greased 10 inch tube pan. Set aside the remaining almonds and chocolate chips. Place remaining ingredients in mixer bowl. Beat 4 minutes. Fold in remaining chocolate chips and almonds. Pour in prepared pan. Bake @ 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes. Cool 15 minutes then remove from pan. Serve with topping of whipped cream if desired.