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Homemade Almond Joys

So get this.  You know that whole aisle of candy in CVS?  With the rotating seasonal display of holiday m&m's?  That calls out to you when you're quickly stopping in for tissues and nail polish remover?  Yeah, right.  THAT one.

Well shut the front door cupcakes, because you can make that stuff.  No, not the nail polish remover (that sounds dangerous), but the candy.

We know.  WE KNOW. 

Get out!  No you get out!  Ok we'll all stay.

And talk about the wonder that is homemade candy bars.

We have certainly dabbled in this whole candy business with some homemade peppermint patties and Ferrero Rocher truffles.  But now?  Now we're in deep.

An entire aisle of delicious treats just begging to be recreated at home?  Clearly there will have to be some taste testing.  You know, to figure out precisely what goes into the makings of a candy bar.  Mmm hmm.

We started with homemade Almond Joys.  Why?  Well because a) we were hungry, b) had all the ingredients on hand and c) ummm, they're homemade almond joys!! 

Seriously, do we need to give more reasons?

We do?  Um fine.  We love coconut. And almonds. And chocolate. 

(And bacon, peanut butter, marzipan, instant espresso powder and spangly party tops, but now we're just oversharing).

And now we think we might have a problem. 

Because we just spent waaaaaay too long trying to figure out if we could make a homemade version of a Cadbury Cream Egg (they're out they're out!!!). 

We've already started on a batch of Snickers.

Take 5 is next.

Send help if you don't hear from us in a few days.

Homemade Almond Joys
Makes 25 bars

Print Recipe

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
14 ounces shredded, sweetened coconut
1/2 cup whole almonds (about 50 nuts)
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Line a 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.

Combine sweetened condensed milk and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.  Add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring to incorporate fully.  Add coconut and blend mixture.  Make sure all coconut is covered with the condensed milk and sugar mixture.  Press mixture into prepared pan and chill until set, about 30 minutes.

Melt 1/4 cup chocolate chips in the microwave, checking every 15 seconds.  Stir until smooth.  Cut chilled coconut mixture into 1 x 2 inch bars and spread the top of each bar with a small amount of melted chocolate.  Place 2 almonds on top of melted chocolate on each bar.  Place bars with almonds on a large baking sheet and chill again to set chocolate, about 15 minutes.

Melt remaining chocolate chips.  Once the almonds have set in the chocolate, dip each bar into remaining melted chocolate to coat completely.  Place on wax paper lined baking sheet to firm.

Store in fridge, between wax paper in an airtight container.  Bring to room temperature before serving.

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Reader Comments (16)

I made almond joy bread this week! I think it would be better suited for french toast. But the good news is, I have all the ingredients to make these delights! :)

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBlog is the New Black

Brilliant!!! They look so perfectly delicious and so easy to make! Can't wait for the Take 5's :)

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNina | Salt

My daughter made the caramel corn from the previous post yesterday for the superbowl. One word YUM! ok another word... ADDICTIVE! Our version didn't look quite the same but it sure tasted good!

We love coconut in this house so these almond joys will be next on the list! Keep the yummy treats coming!!

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

cannot wait to make these! i need to find some coconut loving friends to share with though or else i'll eat the whole pan!

..and i hope you were serious about the take 5...

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternatalie (the sweets life)

Love this post. You guys are fun. :)

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Oh wow. This is really fabulous news. Homemade candy bars! Can't wait to try.

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy M.

Holy mackeral! You girls are speakin' my language, yet again. I know exactly which aisle you mean. (Is every CVS a complete clone? It would seem so!) These look like a lot of fun to make. Yum!!

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Can't wait to try these! OMG yum!

February 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlison@

I love almond joys! The fact that this has condensed milk just ups it up a notch!

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLimeCake

Oh, I want these! I want these right now! Too bad they don't travel well... ;)

February 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Scarpin

Wow, your almond joys look so perfect!

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJusteen @ Blissful Baking

I'm not sending help because I want all of those recipes! Haha.

These look great! I love Almond Joy.

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteremily

The hubby doesn't like coconut, but I still think I could make these for valentine's day - we're supposed to love ourselves, too... right? These look phenomenal!

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline

These look SO amazing, and I happen to be an Almond Joy addict. I will definitely be making these! Thanks for sharing!

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRosie @ Sweetapolita

Oh yes, now we're talkin!

February 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHillary

What a cool recipe!!! You should consider entering this (and other decadent creations!) in the chocolate week of our contest. $5000 grand prize! ;)

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristina Vanni

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