DIY Almond Joy / Mounds Bars! Home Made Recipe
Home Made Chocolates
A few years ago I made home made chocolate for Valentine's Day. They were a huge hit with my family and friends, and I loved making chocolate for my boyfriend. It took a lot of experimenting (and a lot of messes and mistakes) but in the end, I made a few really great chocolates!
I found that imitating my favorite chocolates yielded some fun results. I made a few successful peanut butter cups, and even a chocolate lilac truffle. Each one was incredibly messy, but also really delicious! Cleaning up the mistakes might just be the best part.
One experiment ended in making something that tasted just like an almond joy! It's a little bit sugary, and you really shouldn't eat more than one at a time, but they're fun to make. They also make great presents.
Almond Joys and Mounds
Making Your Own Chocolate
Ah, chocolate! Who doesn't love it? I know that I've had the cravings for chocolate my whole life. It's probably what inspired me to make my own. (That and watching lots of anime where the girls gave their crushes chocolate. It seemed too cute to pass up.)
If you're here, chances are you want to try your hand at making chocolate too! Maybe you're just fed up with the price of buying chocolate bars, when you know you have all the ingredients for the sweets you love in your pantry. Now all you need is a recipe to put them together and make the treats for your loved ones. (Or maybe just a whole bunch for yourself!)
The best way to create the chocolates you want to eat is really simple- experiment! Throw anything sweet into your chocolate and see what you come out with. You may end up surprising yourself.
Making chocolate is an incredibly messy and relatively time consuming act. However, the end result is worth all the effort. It's a lot of prep work and cleaning, but when you get to settle down with some home made sweets after a long day? Well it makes it all the worth while.
Some Extra Things to Think About
It's worth noting that I did all of my chocolate melting in the microwave with a glass bowl. It works best at 30 second intervals, stirring in between. However, ever microwave is different and you may want to experiment.
You may want to get some cupcake liners. Try not to go too big, or you'll feel compelled to fill them completely and make some monster chocolates! Of course if that's what you're going for, then the bigger the better!
Glass bowls are great for melting chocolate in the microwave, but they can get incredibly hot, so be very careful! When stirring the chocolate between melting, if the glass is too hot, try holding it with some paper towels.
Melting Chocolate on a Stove
If you don't have a microwave, but you do have a stove you're still set!Below I'll give a few examples on ways to melt chocolate without a microwave!
- The best option is using a double boiler. This one should be self explanatory.
- Another option is the DIY double boiler. One larger pot is filled with water and brought to a boil. The temperature can be lowered to medium. Another pot it placed in the large pot and filled with the chocolate (and perhaps a bit of butter, oil or cooking spray because burnt chocolate is no fun to clean) and stirred until the chocolate is melted. Shut of the heat and use the chocolate immediately.
- The final option I offer is one that needs to be the closest monitored. You can use a pot without any water underneath. I'd recommend using a little grate over the heat source, and below the pot. Whit this method you should use a bit of oil, butter or cooking spray and use very low heat. Stir the chocolate and watch it like a hawk so it doesn't burn.
DIY Almond Joy / Mounds Bars Ingredients
- 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 cup Milk Chocolate Chips, (Optional)
- 2 tbs Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 cup Coconut, Shredded
- Handful Almonds, (optional)
- Combine the chocolate.
- Over boiling water or in a microwave safe dish, melt the chocolate until it is creamy and smooth. Don't let it cool. Mixing is best done with a chopstick.
- Add the powdered sugar. This will change the consistency of the chocolate to be a bit more lumpy, but this is what you want. Stir until it's mixed.
- Add the coconut. Stir until combined.
- If you are using finely chopped almonds, you could combine them at this point.
- Using a spoon scoop the chocolate, in the desired size, into the cupcake papers.
- Sprinkle coconut on top, place an almond or both!
- Let cool (which sets and hardens the chocolate) and enjoy.
|Serving size: 6 Bars|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Carbohydrates 166 g||55%|
|Sugar 142 g|
|Fiber 20 g||80%|
|Sodium 21 mg||1%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Things to Remember
The above information includes all optional ingredients.
A regular Almond Joy has 234 calories. Times that by 6 and you only get 1404 calories! (Which is quite a bit less than the homemade ones.)
This is a fun treat to make, but it's definitely a diet spoiler! If you want to cut down some calories, it may be worth while to cut back on the milk chocolate and powdered sugar.
Good luck, chocolatiers!
Nutritional Facts About Almond Joy / Mounds
- Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Candies, ALMOND JOY Candy Bar
Check out what's in Almond Joys and compare it to your chocolates!
- Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Candies, MOUNDS Candy Bar
Check out what's in Mounds Bars and compare it to your chocolates!