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

4.8 from 6 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 is the main ingredient in a mounds candy bar? ›

Mounds is a candy bar made by The Hershey Company, consisting of shredded, sweetened coconut coated in dark chocolate. The company also produces the Almond Joy, a similar bar topped by whole almonds and covered in milk chocolate.

Did they stop making mounds candy bars? ›

In 2007, manufacturing was moved to Stuarts Draft, Virginia, where The Hershey Company currently produces the bars today. In 2024, both ALMOND JOY Bars and MOUNDS Bars will transition to the Hershey plant in Robinson, Illinois.

Who originally made Mounds bars? ›

The MOUNDS Bar, featuring sweet coconut covered in dark chocolate, was first produced by Peter Paul, Inc. in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1920. How is MOUNDS Candy made? At the center of each MOUNDS bar is shredded, sweetened coconut, which is then covered with dark chocolate candy.

What is the oldest candy bar invented? ›

The chocolate cream bar created by Joseph Fry in 1866 is the oldest candy bar in the world. Although Fry was the first to start pressing chocolate into bar molds in 1847,the chocolate creame was the first mass produced and widely available candy bar.

What is the difference between Mounds Bar and Almond Joy? ›

The difference is largely about the chocolate

Like Almond Joy candy bars, Mounds candy bars come with two pieces inside each package. Almond Joy candy bars are made with the same coconut filling inside, but they are topped with a single almond on top of each piece in the pack.

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 bar is no longer made? ›

Krackle Bar - This product is only available in the Hershey Miniatures Bulk Mix. Life Savers Wild Cherry Candy - we can't believe this either... Marathon Bar - In 1981, after an 8-year run, the braided caramel 8" candy bar was retired. It remains one of the most requested discontinued candy bars of all time.

Does Hershey own Mounds? ›

The History of MOUNDS Candy Bars

MOUNDS and ALMOND JOY Candy Bars joined The Hershey Company family in 1988.

Who eats a mounds bar? ›

In popular culture. In Family Guy, Joe Swanson's favorite candy bar is the Mounds bar. In the episode "Finders Keepers", Joe states that he has eaten them "two or three times a day for the past 25 years". Mounds is mentioned in Philip Roth's debut novel, Goodbye, Columbus.

Are mounds and bounty the same? ›

Bounty is a coconut-filled, chocolate-enrobed candy bar manufactured by Mars, Incorporated, introduced in 1951 in the United Kingdom and Canada. It is a direct emulation of the Mounds bar introduced by Peter Paul in 1936, and also copies the milk chocolate enrobing of Hershey's Almond Joy, introduced in 1948.

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 #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 is the most sold candy in the world? ›

Snickers is listed as the most popular candy in the world. M&Ms, with annual sales of over $500 million, is the most popular candy brand in the United States. In duty-free shops, Toblerone is the best selling candy. KitKat's popularity is the highest in Japan, with over 200 distinct flavors available such as green tea.

Is Mr. Goodbar discontinued? ›

It is currently available both as an individual product and as one of the varieties of Hershey's Miniatures.

Is a Mounds bar the same as bounty? ›

Mounds is the original coconut chocolate candy

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.

What are the most common ingredients in candy bars? ›

The ingredients include milk, sometimes sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, sugar, oil, whey, calcium carbonate, salt, flavor, butter, another type of fat such as vegetable oil, molasses, and corn starch.

What are the ingredients of candy? ›

Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Lactic Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavours, Colour (with Tartrazine). May Contain Traces of Soy and/or Milk. May Contain Traces of Nuts and/or Other Seeds.

Are Mounds unhealthy? ›

Mounds. Since 1919, Mounds has delighted many taste buds. On the surface, this combination of dark chocolate and coconut seems like a healthier pick, but it's still just as loaded with sugar.

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