So, here's my take on making these a-mazing candy bars! I'm using the sweetened condensed "milk" recipe I posted earlier this week. I have taken several recipes for Almond Joys and Mounds kept some ingredients, removed others, decreased the amount of sugar, and added a touch of salt, to come up with the following recipe. When I make these again I will make them smaller. It's difficult to really tell how large your candy bars are until they're dipped in chocolate! Instead of making 25 bars, this recipe should make 32 bars. The chocolate you dip your coconut centers in is a matter of personal preference. I chose to do half my bars with a mixture of 50% semisweet chocolate and 50% bittersweet chocolate and the other half with a mixture of 50% semisweet chocolate and 50% white chocolate. Please note you can dip all the coconut centers in just semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate or any combination you desire. I am sharing the chocolate amounts I used. Please feel free to use whatever works for you. You will need a total of 16 ounces of chocolate.
I would aim for coconut centers about 2/3rds the size I made.
HOMEMADE ALMOND JOYS/ALMOND MOUNDS BARS
7 ounces of homemade sweetened condensed non-milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
14 ounce package of sweetened coconut
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
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Roasted, salted almonds, optional
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8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips
4 oz. white chocolate
2 teaspoons unrefined, virgin coconut oil
- Mix first 5 ingredients together with a fork or clean hands; lightly wetting hands helps keep the coconut mixture from sticking to your hands.
- Chill mixture in freezer for 45 minutes
- Form coconut centers by first making a tight ball and then molding into a small log.
- Top with roasted almonds, if desired.
- For first half of coconut centers: In a small bowl or 2-cup glass measuring cup, add 4 oz. semisweet chocolate and 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate.
- For second batch use 4 oz. semisweet chocolate and 4 oz. white chocolate.
- Microwave 8 ounces of chocolate on high for 30 seconds; stir . . . 20 seconds; stir . . . an additional 20 seconds and all should be melted.
- Work with 6 coconut centers at a time, keeping the rest refrigerated to keep them hardened.
- With a long tea spoon cover the bottom of the coconut center first.
- Place coconut center on a serving fork or granny fork, chocolate bottom down, and apply chocolate to the top and sides with a spoon. Shake off extra chocolate.
- With a toothpick, move coated bar off the fork and onto wax paper covered cookie sheet.
- Refrigerate to harden.
Here are photos of the coconut and chocolate I used to make my coconut bars.
I'll be putting a few of these delicious coconut bars in the freezer for those times I need a chocolate fix but, the majority will be shared with our Sons, Daughters, and of course, our wonderful Grands!
Hope you enjoyed your visit . . . Over at Julie's!!!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Homemade Almond Joys/Almond Mounds Bars
As you can see from this photo, I always feel like a NUT!