Homemade Almond Joy Candies

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

Close up of homemade almond joys on a blue napkin

Homemade Almond Joy

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. 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.

Coconut squares with an almond dipped in chocolate

Why Make 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!

What Chocolate Is Best?

Coconut squares with an almond on top next to melted chocolate

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. 

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.

Ingredients to make homemade almond joy candies

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)
A coconut square with an almond on top being held by a fork above a bowl of chocolate

 Keep the Candy Coming

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 Homemade Almond Joy Candy Bars

Homemade almond joys dipped in chocolate

Homemade Almond Joy Candy Bars

4.86 from 14 votes
These Homemade Almond Joys are a family favorite! They are so delicious and easy to make! My husband likes these better than the actual candy bar.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Cooling Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course candy, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients

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.
    Marshmallows and light corn syrup being melted in a saucepan
  • 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.
    Coconut mixture being cooked in a pan to make homemade almond joys
  • 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. 
    Melted chocolate chips in a glass bowl
  • Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Roll the coconut mixture into small balls or ovals and press an almond into the top. 
    Ingredients to make homemade almond joy candies
  • Dip each one in chocolate then let cool on a chilled marble slab, parchment paper, or on wax paper over a chilled cookie sheet.
    For Homemade Mounds: omit the almond and use dark chocolate chips.
    Coconut squares dipped in chocolate to make homemade almond joys

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Nutrition Information

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

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Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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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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