Mounds Bars Recipe - The Original Chocolate Coconut Candy Bar! (2024)

With dark chocolate and chewy coconut in each delicious bite, this is absolutely the best homemade Mounds Bars recipe you’ll find. And they are so easy to make!

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Copycat Mounds candy bars

Mounds bars used to be one of my all time favorite candy bars.

Today’s homemade version calls for just four ingredients and can hold its own against the classic, with the same beloved rich chocolate shell and sweet coconut filling.

Whip up a batch of these addictive coconut bars in under five minutes.

You will not regret it!

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Healthy vegan Mounds bar ingredients

Here’s everything you need to make the coconut chocolate bars at home.

Gather together shredded coconut and coconut oil, liquid sweetener, optional pure vanilla extract, and chocolate chips or broken up chocolate bars.

Unlike many other homemade Mounds bars recipes or Bounty bar recipes, this one calls for no corn syrup and no sweetened condensed milk.

Sweetener options that work well include pure maple syrup, honey, or raw agave. Or for sugar free Mounds bars, stevia will also work.

If you experiment with a granulated or powdered sweetener, be sure to report back.

The most important thing with these bars is to buy full fat, unsweetened shredded coconut or desiccated coconut. For best results and a better texture, do not use low fat coconut or sweetened coconut flakes.

Including the vanilla extract compliments the coconut flavor. It can easily be left out if you prefer, and the coconut bars will still be tasty.

I love the bold, rich flavor of the original dark chocolate Mounds bars. If you are a semi sweet or milk chocolate fan, feel free to use either of these (or even white chocolate) instead of the dark chocolate chips.

The easy coconut dessert recipe can be gluten free, dairy free, egg free, tree nut free, soy free, raw, paleo, and vegan.

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Almond Joy bars recipe

Turning this into an Almond Joy bar recipe is incredibly easy.

Press a raw or roasted whole almond into the top of each coconut patty before coating them in the melted chocolate.

Alternatively, you can add the almonds to the top after covering in chocolate.

I sometimes also like to add a few drops of pure almond extract to heighten the almond flavor. Because the extract is highly concentrated, you only need a few drops.

Also make this Almond Flour Banana Bread

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Homemade Mounds bars recipe video

Watch the step by step recipe video – above

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How to make chocolate covered coconut bars

Three ingredient Mounds bars are coated in melted chocolate, for a fun and easy no bake homemade candy bar that all coconut lovers will enjoy.

To make the recipe, start by adding start by gathering all of your ingredients and lining a plate with parchment paper or wax paper.

Add the shredded coconut, sweetener, and softened coconut oil to a blender or food processor. If using vanilla extract, include this ingredient as well.

Blend or process the mixture fully. You will know it is done when the coconut dough is sticky and does not fall apart when pressed together.

Using your hands or a cookie scoop, smush the mixture into Mounds bar shapes. You can make traditional sized candies, mini Mounds bars, or even giant Mounds!

Place the raw coconut patties on the prepared plate, and chill in the refrigerator or freezer until hard and cold.

Carefully melt the chocolate chips or bars, either in the microwave or using the double boiler method.

(For more on how to melt chocolate, see this Chocolate Covered Strawberries recipe.)

If you want a smoother chocolate sauce that more evenly coats the patties, stir the optional oil into the melted chocolate.

Dip cold coconut mounds in the chocolate coating. Place them back on the parchment lined plate, then chill in the refrigerator or freezer to set the chocolate shell.

So the unwrapped candies maintain their shape and texture, it is best to keep leftovers cold in the fridge or freezer.

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Sugar free keto Mounds bars

To make a keto version, replace the liquid sweetener with two tablespoons of water.

Increase the coconut oil to four tablespoons, and add plain or vanilla stevia drops to taste. Look on the jar of your specific brand of drops for the amount of drops equal to three tablespoons of sugar.

Use chocolate chips with no sugar, or make your own Sugar Free Chocolate Chips.

Or you can make your own raw chocolate sauce by combining a fourth cup each of cacao powder (or cocoa powder), melted coconut oil, and raw agave or honey.

As for nutrition facts, each keto and low carb candy bar will have just 2.2 grams of carbohydrates and 1.2 grams of net carbs total.

Add the bars to the top of a Keto Cheesecake

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Healthy candy bar serving suggestions

Any time is a great time to enjoy these homemade Mounds bars.

Serve them on a cookie tray for dessert at your next party. Or grab one as a snack from the fridge whenever a chocolate craving strikes.

They are equally welcome at Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Or Easter.

Cut the no bake chocolate coconut bars into pieces, and use them to decorate coconut cupcakes or Vegan Chocolate Cake or as a topping for ice cream.

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The recipe was adapted from my 3 ingredient Coconut Balls.

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Mounds Bars

This easy homemade Mounds Bars recipe has dark chocolate and chewy coconut in each delicious bite.

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Prep Time 5 minutes minutes

Total Time 5 minutes minutes

Yield 10 – 12 patties

5 from 4 votes


  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey or agave (a keto option is included above)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • 3 oz chocolate chips (or see substitution above)
  • optional 1 tsp oil


  • To make homemade Mounds bars, start by blending the first three ingredients and optional vanilla in a blender or food processor (not by hand, or they fall apart) until sticky and no longer crumbly. Smush into Mounds bar shapes. Place on a parchment or wax-lined plate, and chill in the refrigerator or freezer until hard. Carefully melt the chocolate, then stir in the optional oil if you want a smoother coating. Dip cold coconut mounds in chocolate. Chill to set, and store leftovers in the fridge or freezer so they maintain their shape.

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What happened to Mounds candy bars? ›

Since 2007, MOUNDS chocolate coconut bars have been produced at The Hershey Company plant in Stuart's Draft, Virginia. In 2024, both MOUNDS Bars and ALMOND JOY Bars will transition to the Hershey plant in Robinson, Illinois.

Does Mounds use real coconut? ›

Mounds is a candy bar made by The Hershey Company, consisting of shredded, sweetened coconut coated in dark chocolate.

What is the oldest candy bar? ›

Launched in 1866—nineteen years after Fry's created the first moulded, solid chocolate eating bar (in 1847)— Fry's Chocolate Cream is the first mass-produced chocolate bar and is the world's oldest chocolate bar brand.

What is the difference between bounty and Mounds? ›

Mounds bars are coated in dark chocolate, and unlike the intentionally-poured drips of chocolate found on the surface of a Bounty bar, Mounds' chocolate shells are comparatively flat. A Mounds bar, however, has an edge when it comes to history: Mounds was the first coconut-filled chocolate bar to be sold.

What is a fun fact about mounds candy? ›

The MOUNDS Candy Bar story starts in 1919 when Peter Halajian sold his homemade sweets door-to-door. During WWII, a shortage of coconut and sugar caused Peter to discontinue other products to focus on MOUNDS Candy Bars. MOUNDS and ALMOND JOY Candy Bars joined The Hershey Company family in 1988.

Was Mounds always dark chocolate? ›

Peter Paul debuted Mounds, a dark chocolate-covered coconut candy bar, in 1921 (named “Mounds” for its shape), and Almond Joy in 1946, after WWII had ended and access to rationed sugar and coconut was restored.

What candy was invented in 1948? ›

1948. While its partner candy bar Mounds has been around for almost a century, Almond Joy didn't join the game until a little later. While Mounds were already becoming a classic among Americans, the demand for milk chocolate was increasing steadily, leading to the development of the Almond Joy candy bar.

What is the history of the Mounds bar? ›

History. The Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Company was founded by six Armenian immigrants including Peter Paul Halajian and Max Freedman in 1919. In 1929, the company acquired the Mounds bar candy line from West Haven, Connecticut, candy maker Vincent Nitido. The Mounds bar became a hit with the U.S.

Are Mounds healthier than Almond Joy? ›

Almond Joy was introduced in 1948 as a spin-off to Mounds. Unlike Mounds, Almond Joy is made up of milk chocolate (rather than dark chocolate) and almonds, in addition to coconut. Almond Joy has slightly fewer calories than its counterpart, but it is still not a healthy option.

What is the #1 candy bar in America? ›

Snickers is the top-selling candy bar in the United States and is produced by Mars, Inc. This classic chocolate bar is made with nougat, caramel, and peanuts, and it has been a favourite among Americans since its introduction in 1930. M&M's are small, candy-coated chocolates that are produced by Mars, Inc.

What candy is not made by Hershey? ›

Snickers - Made by Mars, Inc. Milky Way - Made by Mars, Inc. Twix - Made by Mars, Inc. Kit Kat - Made by Nestlé in most countries outside the United States.

What is the oldest candy still eaten today? ›

Good & Plenty is believed to be the oldest candy brand in the USA. The pink-and-white capsule-shaped chewy licorice was first produced in 1893 in Philadelphia. It's still found at concession stands everywhere, which makes Good & Plenty a treat that can be enjoyed by candy lovers of all ages.

Are Almond Joy and Mounds the same brand? ›

The indescribably delicious taste of sweet coconut covered in chocolate is different than most other candies out there. In 1919, it was given a name: Mounds bars. Sixty-nine years later, Almond Joy and Mounds became a part of the Hershey family.

What chocolate bar is similar to Bounty? ›

Although Bounty is no longer distributed by Mars in the United States, similar products, such as Mounds and Almond Joy, are marketed by Hershey's.

Are Mounds bars good for you? ›

The ingredient list on the Mounds Bar, however, is laden with ingredients I'd rather not eat. The first ingredient on the list is corn syrup, while coconut is near the end (which means there's not much real coconut in there), and the middle of the list is flooded with chemical preservatives.

Which sells more Almond Joy or Mounds? ›

These are America's favorite chocolate brands. When Almond Joy was first introduced in 1946, it sold for 10 cents a bar. The candy, which includes coconut and almonds, is significantly more popular than Hershey's similar chocolate bar, Mounds, which does not appear at all in the 20 most popular chocolate brands.

What happened to Peter Paul's candy Company? ›

Hershey Company purchased Peter Paul along with their entire U.S. chocolate business from Cadbury Schweppes for $300 million in 1988. In April 2007, the Hershey Company announced it would close Peter Paul's Naugatuck plant. In November 2007, operations moved to Virginia.

Who makes Mounds and Almond Joy candy bars? ›

Almond Joy is a candy bar manufactured by The Hershey Company, consisting of sweetened, shredded coconut topped with whole almonds and covered in chocolate. The company also produces Mounds bars, a similar confection without nuts, coated in dark chocolate.

Is Mounds a healthy candy bar? ›

Candies, MOUNDS Candy Bar contains 3.9 g of saturated fat and 0.4 mg of cholesterol per serving. 19 g of Candies, MOUNDS Candy Bar contains 0.00 mcg vitamin A, 0.1 mg vitamin C, 0.00 mcg vitamin D as well as 0.40 mg of iron, 3.99 mg of calcium, 61 mg of potassium.

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