Homemade Almond Joy Recipe

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This Almond Joy Recipe is a family favorite! They are so delicious and easy to make! My husband likes these better than the actual candy bar.

Plate with four Homemade Almond Joys surrounded by Almond Joys.
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  1. Homemade Almond Joys
  2. Ingredients in Almond Joy Chocolates
  3. Making Almond Joys At Home
  4. Melting The Chocolate
  5. Dipping Tips and Tricks
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Chocolate Candy Recipes
  8. How to Make a Homemade Almond Joy
  9. Almond Joy Recipe Recipe

Homemade Almond Joys

If you are a fan of the rich chocolate, sweet coconut and crunchy nut of an Almond Joy candy bar, you are about to get a real treat. These Homemade Almond Joy are so incredibly addicting. By far my favorite homemade chocolates, probably because they are one of my favorite candy bars. The coconut filling is spot on with the real thing. You could easily use the same filling to make a mounds bar, just use dark instead of milk chocolate and leave out the almond.

Almond Joys on a cutting board and one cut in half.


Ingredients in Almond Joy Chocolates

  • light corn syrup (such as Karo)
  • kosher salt
  • large marshmallows – exactly 10 or the consistency is off
  • shredded coconut (not flakes) (it’s better if you chop it more finely in a food processor)
  • vanilla extract
  • roasted almonds
  • Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips 
Ingredients for Homemade Almond Joys including semi-sweet chocolate chips, coconut, Caro syrup, almonds, large marshmallows, salt and vanilla.

Making Almond Joys At Home

Has anyone noticed how much candy bars have gone up in price lately!? I remember being able to get candy bars for a quarter; and it wasn’t that long ago. These are a great solution and you get a lot for your buck. Not to mention they are delicious and easy no-bake, gluten-free, dairy-free recipe that everyone (including picky kids) will love!

Candy box of Homemade Almond Joys next to other Almond Joys.

Melting The Chocolate

We suggest melting your chocolate slowly using the “double boiler” method (see in the instructions below). If you are in a hurry and would like to use the microwave, simply put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 20 second intervals until melted.

Dipping Tips and Tricks

  • If you are making “bar” shapes, allow the formed bars to cool completely in the refrigerator or freezer before dipping. The chocolate will stick to it better and the bar will keep its shape. 
  • If the chocolate seems too thin after you have melted it, add a TINY bit of oil (¼ teaspoon at a time) and continue melting. You can use coconut oil, canola oil or vegetable oil. 
  • Our favorite dipping trick is to use a plastic fork. Break off the middle two prongs in the fork and you have the perfect dipper. Because there is less surface area when using a fork, more chocolate will stay on the bars and the excess chocolate will shake off easier (see picture below)
  • Place chocolate on a lined baking sheet or tray to cool.
  • Let the chocolate set up at room temperature.
Fork holding a coconut oval ball with an almond on top hovering over a bowl of melted chocolate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Chocolate Is Best?

When making homemade Almond Joys, you just want to use a good melting chocolate. This can really be anything you have on hand from semi-sweet chocolate to dark chocolate. Milk chocolate doesn’t set great and we wouldn’t recommend it when making candy bars. Chocolate chips, chocolate melts, or even bar chocolate (such as Hersheys) work great for melting. 

Do you use sweetened condensed milk in homemade almond joy bars?

No, for our recipe we do not, we use corn syrup.

How do I store Homemade Almond Joys?

For storage, keep them in an airtight container. They can be left at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

What if I don’t like Almonds?

You can easily sub the almonds out for Pecans or Walnuts.

What is the British version of Almond Joy?

The British version is Bounty, they come in milk chocolate and dark chocolate but do not have almonds. Similar to Mounds Candy Bars.

Hand holding a Homemade Almond Joy.

More Chocolate Candy Recipes

Now that we’ve got you thinking about candy in all its homemade goodness, check out some of these other candy-inspired dishes.

How to Make a Homemade Almond Joy

Almond Joys on a cutting board and one cut in half.

Almond Joy Recipe

5 from 39 votes
This Almond Joy Recipe is a family favorite! They are so delicious and easy to make! My husband likes these better than the actual candy bar.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course candy, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup (such as Karo)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 large marshmallows exactly 10 or the consistency is off
  • 2 cups shredded coconut (not flakes) (it's better if you chop it more finely in a food processor)
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • roasted almonds
  • 1 bag Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips (they are worth the extra money)

Instructions

  • In a heavy sauce pan (over medium on the stove) heat syrup, marshmallows, and salt. Stir until marshmallows are melted. 
    marshmallows and light corn syrup in a pan to make almond joys
  • Continue to stir over heat for an additional minute.
    Pan of melted marshmallow and wooden spoon on the side.
  • Remove from stove and add coconut and vanilla. Stir well and transfer to a bowl to cool in the fridge. The mixture needs to get cool enough that it can be rolled into balls.
    Bowl with Almond mixture next to wooden spoon.
  • In the meantime, melt the chocolate chips. I like to do the double boiled method by putting them in a metal bowl and placing the bowl over a pot of boiling water. 
    Bowl of melted chocolate next to a spoon.
  • Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Roll the coconut mixture into small balls or ovals.
  • Press an almond into the top of each coconut mound.
    Hand placing almonds on top of oval-shaped coconut mixtures.
  • Dip each one in chocolate then let cool on a chilled marble slab, parchment paper, or on wax paper over a chilled cookie sheet.
    Sheet pan with some dipped and some not dipped Almond Joys.

Notes

For Homemade Mounds:

 Omit the almond and use dark chocolate chips.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 59mgPotassium: 140mgFiber: 4gSugar: 13gVitamin C: 1.3mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    flavor was great, but very messy to make. the coconut mixture was cool enough to roll but when I put one in the chocolate it started to fall apart, so I spooned the chocolate on top, refrigerated until chocolate was hard, flipped them over and added more chocolate and refrigerated until hard. I followed instructions as written. I do agree they taste better then the real thing. I will be making these again and again.

  2. 5 stars
    flavor was great, but very messy to make. the coconut mixture was cool enough to roll but when I put one in the chocolate it started to fall apart, so I spooned the chocolate on top, refrigerated until chocolate was hard, flipped them over and added more chocolate and refrigerated until hard. I followed instructions as written. I do agree they taste better then the real thing. I will be making these again and again. any suggestions would be helpful?

    1. Maybe try chopping the coconut finer? If the flakes are too large they can fall apart easier. You want more surface area for the liquid to stick to.

      1. 5 stars
        made again and they came out great. I think the first time I made I did not let the filling get cold enough, although they were still great…..but even better this time. these are a keeper. if I can rate them more then 5 stars I would.

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