RESERVE 16 of the wafers. Finely crush remaining 24 wafers; place in medium bowl. Add almonds, sugar and butter; mix well. Spoon into 9-inch springform pan; press firmly onto bottom of pan. Stand reserved wafers around edge of pan; set aside.
MICROWAVE chocolate in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 to 2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted, stirring after each minute. Cool completely. Gradually add milk, stirring with wire whisk until well blended. Add dry pudding mixes and lemon peel. Beat 2 min. or until well blended. (Mixture will be thick.) Gently stir in whipped topping. Spread evenly over crust.
REFRIGERATE at least 4 hours or overnight. Store any leftover torte in refrigerator.