Homemade Almond Joy Bars

Ashton Swank | Something Swanky Updated

Homemade Almond Joy Bars are a fun treat to make at home. Who doesn't love homemade candy bars?!

Almond Joy Bars Photo

Chocolate, coconut, and almonds. It's a classic combination that so many of us love.

In fact, my only complaint about Almond Joys is that you only get two tiny bars in the standard package. I mean... what is that about?? I want to know who thought that was a good idea.

Who sat there and said, 'why yes, I think we should sell these delectable little coconut chocolate treats-- and hey! Let's only put two bites in a package!'?

Almond Joy Bars Picture

And it's not like I can buy the King Size package. Because... you know... then I'm the piggy girl who grabs a King Sized candy bar in the grocery store line. Which is, obviously, unacceptable.

I figure there are two options here:

A) Get Almond Joy on board with doubling the size of their candy bars, or...

B) make my own at home, and make them whatever size I darn well please.

Almond Joy Bars Image

Unless you know the decision makers over at Almond Joy... I figure the homemade route is probably a little more feasible. These are super yummy and true to an authentic Almond Joy candy bar. And you'll be blown away by how simple they are to make! You'll get your fingers a little messy, but hey!

That just means you get to lick your fingers.

Looking for more copycat decadence? You'll love my Homemade Original Krispy Kreme Glazed Donut Recipe!

Almond Joy Recipe

  18 Servings


  • 5 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 14 fluid ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 24-30 almonds almonds, raw and whole
  • 4 cups chocolate candy melts


  1. Line an 8"x8" baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and powdered sugar. Press the coconut mixture into the baking dish, and place (uncovered) in the freezer for at least 30 minutes (up to an hour).
  3. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate melting candy by microwaving for 1 minute or heating over low heat on the stove until smooth. Remove from heat and let it cool for about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the coconut mixture from the freezer and lift from the baking dish using the parchment paper. Cut the coconut into bars (I cut 9 bars, and mine were quite large).
  5. Dip the backs of two almonds in the chocolate (which will act as "glue") and stick the almonds to a coconut bar. Use a fork to dip then entire bar into the chocolate. Move quickly so that the bar doesn't fall apart. Tap on the edge of the bowl to release any extra chocolate. Move the dipped bar to a sheet of wax paper or silicon mat to let cool and harden.
  6. Repeat with all of the bars.
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Ashton Swank

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could I use this same coconut mixture for a filling in a bundt cake? Trying to mimic the old bundt cake boxed mixes, which one was chocolate and it had a ready to mix package for the coconut filling.

bluebonnetbaker.com @ hazel

Hi Hazel,
Thanks so much for your question! Since this recipe is no-bake, we don't know if the filling would work for a bundt cake. It's certainly worth a shot - I can't think of any reason it would go horribly wrong. Please come back and update us if you try it! Maybe we'll post a new recipe so that other people searching for that nostalgic flavor will know it works.
All the best,
Amber | Managing Editor, foodfanatic

@ Amber Bracegirdle

Thank you so much for your reply. I'll reduce the amount of filling, then use a small Jiffy cake mix and try it on cupcakes. And I will definitely let you know how it turns out. :)


Looking forward to making these for a friend who loves Almond Joys. Just wondering what size baking dish you used?

bluebonnetbaker.com @ Sharron Jones

Hi Sharron,
Sorry for the late reply, we just found this question. Ashton used an 8"x8" baking dish. All the best,
Amber | managing editor, foodfanatic


Just curious about the need for that much icing sugar? Does it help to bind or does it need to be sweetened? With the sweetened condensed milk, and the chocolate do you think it's possible to cut back? Thanks. I am going to try these today.


Oh my goodness, these look fantastic!! Almond Joy's are one of my all time favorite candy bars, and I would LOVE to make my own!!
I was wondering what brand of chocolate candy melts you use? I have some Wilton, but I don't think those will give it an authentic Almond Joy taste. Thanks so much! :)


Wow, Ashton! I love these. I spent years thinking I didn't like coconut because my mother said I didn't. Until one day I tried it anyway, and a new love was born. I would love to customize them a little bit with some toasted coconut mixed in, which is my favorite way to eat the stuff.