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Homemade Almond Joy Recipe

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If you love an Almond Joy candy bar, try whipping up these candy bars at home! This Homemade Almond Joy Recipe is so simple and fun to make, perfect for the holidays, to give as gifts, parties, or any time you want a sweet coconut, chocolate, and almond treat.

Homemade Almond Joy Recipe.

Homemade Almond Joy Recipe

There’s something about the combo of sweet coconut with rich dark chocolate and crunchy almonds in an Almond Joy. We enjoy making candy for Christmas and this Homemade Almond Joy Recipe is a family favorite. The technique of forming the candies in mini cupcake wrappers makes this recipe so quick and easy! You will also love our Almond Joy Cookies.

Don’t miss these other wonderful candy recipes: Peanut Butter Balls with Rice Krispies | Pink Marshmallow Fudge | Homemade Snickers Bars | Lemon Fudge Recipe | Easy Homemade Marshmallows

The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make the Homemade Almond Joy Recipe (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy to print recipe card):

  • Shredded sweetened coconut – unsweetened coconut can be used, but the sweetened version gives the Almond Joy’s just the right sweetness.
  • Sweetened condensed milk – use any brand you like.
  • Vanilla extract – the vanilla adds a wonderful hint of flavor to the coconut filling.
  • Dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips – milk chocolate can be used, but be careful as it burns very easily when melting the chocolate.
  • Coconut oil – we use coconut oil because it gives the chocolate a nice smooth texture.
  • Roasted almonds – we used salted almonds, but unsalted is just fine too.

ingredients to make Homemade Almond Joy Recipe.

How to Make the Homemade Almond Joy Recipe

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla.

stirring together coconut and sweetened condensed milk in a bowl.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate and coconut oil for 1 minute, then stir until smooth. Place 18 mini cupcake wrappers on a cookie sheet and spoon a heaping teaspoon of the melted chocolate into the bottom of each cup.

melted chocolate in the bottom of mini cupcake wrappers.

Scoop the coconut filling mixture over top of the chocolate in each cup.

adding a layer of coconut filling.

Add one almond to each cup in the center of the coconut filling.

adding almond to the top of the coconut candies.

Top each Almond Joy with the remaining melted chocolate to cover the coconut and almond. Refrigerate the candies until the chocolate is set.

finished Homemade Almond Joy Recipe.

Healthier Almond Joy Version

Here’s what you’ll need to make the Healthy Almond Joy Recipe (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy to print recipe card):

  • 1 cup Shredded coconut – be sure to use unsweetened coconut.
  • 3/4 cup Canned coconut milk – use the thick white cream from the can for this recipe, not the more watery coconut milk. Chill the can of chocolate milk to solidify the cream before you open the can.
  • 2 Tbsp Pure maple syrup – be sure to use 100% pure maple syrup.
  • 18 Roasted almonds – the almond can be salted or not. Raw almonds also work well.
  • 1 1/4 cups Dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips – use any chocolate chips you like.
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut oil – coconut oil helps to give the melted chocolate a smooth and easily spoonable texture.

Directions:

In a blender or food processor, add the coconut, coconut milk (use the thick cream from the can of coconut milk), and maple syrup, and blend until combined and the coconut reaches your desired consistency (blend longer for small pieces of coconut, or shorter for more coconut texture).

Variations

Can I use a different kind of nut?

Yes! Try toasted pecans instead of almonds. It’s really good!

Can I use milk chocolate instead of dark?

You can, but melting milk chocolate is tricky. Melt it in shorter intervals in the microwave, stirring more often, to try to prevent burning.

Can I dip the Almond Joys instead of using mini cupcake wrappers?

Yes, you can place a mound of the coconut mixture on a fork, add an almond on top, then dip in the chocolate until covered. Push the dipped candy off of the fork onto a lined cookie sheet and refrigerate until set.

a sheet pan full of Homemade Almond Joys.

How to Store Homemade Almond Joys

Keep the mini Almond Joy candies in an airtight food storage container either at room temperature or in the refrigerator. They stay fresh for up to a week.

Homemade Almond Joy Recipe on a cookie sheet with almonds and coconut.

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Homemade Almond Joy Feature

Homemade Almond Joy

Published By Jill
If you love an Almond Joy candy bar, try whipping up these candy bars at home! This Homemade Almond Joy Recipe is so simple and fun to make, perfect for the holidays, to give as gifts, parties, or any time you want a sweet coconut, chocolate, and almond treat.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Course candy, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 18 roasted almonds

Instructions
 

  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate and coconut oil for 1 minute, then stir until smooth.
  • Place 18 mini cupcake wrappers on a cookie sheet and spoon a heaping teaspoon of the melted chocolate into the bottom of each cup. Scoop the coconut filling mixture over top of the chocolate in each cup. Add one almond to each cup, then top with the remaining chocolate.
  • Refrigerate the almond joys until set.
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What is an easy recipe to do with the left over sweetened condensed milk?5 stars

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