Today, I have a special treat for you!!! My sweet blog friend, Joanna, will be sharing one of her favorite recipes. Joanna blogs over at I Love... and I am so excited for you to get to know her a little better! She and her blog are adorable you would be silly not to head over to I Love... and say hi!
Hi everyone! My name is Joanna (Jo for short) and I blog over at I Love... I am a Christian who, love to live life to the fullest, who bakes a ton of sweets, and who takes too many pictures. Today, I thought I would share my recipe for "Almond Joys". Yes, that famous candy bar that we all know and love. I first started making them by dipping the coconut in the chocolate, but that took too long and I couldn't get the chocolate layer thin enough. Even though these "Almond Joy" bars don't look a lot like the candies that you buy in the store, it is easier to make them this way and they still taste like the real stuff. I hope you take the time to try this recipe!
recipe by moi
You will need:
2 1/2 (17 1/2 oz. all together) bags grated coconut (you want to make sure that you get the grated coconut because that is what they use in the candy bars.)
3/4 c. powdered sugar
3/4 c. corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
6 oz. milk chocolate chips (if you would like it to be more like mounds, use dark chocolate.)
|The difference between flaked and grated coconut.|
Start by mixing the coconut, powdered sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract, and almond extract in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.
Keep mixing until the coconut is all compact together, like this.Spread the coconut mixture in a 9'13 pan using your wooden spoon. If you have a problem with the coconut sticking to the spoon, dip the spoon in water then spread.
Melt the chocolate in a sauce pan on low heat. Spread the chocolate evenly over the top of the coconut mixture. Place the almonds on top. Put them in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to let them set... it might be the longest 20 minutes of your life...
Thanks, Joanna! Those seriously look like the most delicious things I have ever seen.