You might have seen candy bars that combine ingredients like coconut and almond along with chocolate. Indeed, an iconic American candy, the Almond Joy, is a similar combination of coconut filling that is topped with almonds and is covered with a layer of milk chocolate. There are other variants as well like the Mounds bar. These two candies might not be easily replicated as the manufacturers stay tight lipped about the recipes. However, similar candies can be prepared at home as well.
History of coconut candies
The beginning of the popularity of coconut based candies began in the twenties first. Peter Paul Candy Company invented the Almond Joy in 1946 while the Mounds bar was launched in 1921. Both versions were launched as competitor products and that led to the success and popularity of both products and gains for the company.
This is a Recipe which combines the goodness of almonds and coconut along with milk chocolate and is an easy recipe that can be tried at home as well.
Variants to make
You could begin to make similar candies with coconut and almond fillings wrapped in milk chocolate or replace the almonds and add in a dark chocolate in the center. Both variants can be tried and kept wrapped up in foils ahead of the next Halloween.
Ingredients to use
You would need ingredients as mentioned below:
- 7 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/8th teaspoon of salt
- 2 and 1/4th cup of confectioner’s sugar
- 14 ounces of sweetened and flaked coconut
- ½ cup of whole almonds
- 16 ounces of milk chocolate or any other chocolate for coating
You can begin by lining a pan 9 by 13 inches and coating it with nonstick cooking spray. Begin by combining condensed milk along with salt and vanilla extract in a bowl. Add in the confectioner’s sugar about one cup at a time. Stir with a spoon till the mixture is well formed. You can then add in the coconut and stir in till the mixture is well formed. Pour the mixture into a pan for baking and press it down into an even layer. Place almonds in the mixture in even rows. Place in the refrigerator for chilling. This will make the candy mixture firm. It would take about one hour. In the end you can use a chef’s knife and cut the candy into small shapes of rectangles. Melt and temper chocolate. Dip the bars in the melted chocolate and cover the bars completely. You can then place the pieces on a wax or parchment paper. Refrigerate the candies for about thirty minutes. This will set the chocolate. You can then place the chocolate bars in foils or candy wraps. This is a great recipe that will surely delight kids and adults alike. You can try it easily as it is an easy recipe to make. Here are Other Flavored Hard Candy for Kids that you will also love to try. Your kids will surely love to treat their friends with such treats or store them up for special occasions or to give as gifts.