Thursday, March 20, 2014
Homemade Almond Joys and Mom's Birthday
My parents came to Kansas City to celebrate my mom's Birthday a few weeks ago. She pinned this recipe and mentioned on Facebook it would be fun to make. So, Saturday morning my mom and I made these Homemade Almond Joy bars as her birthday treat!
Instead of shaping into balls we opted to do little bars, like the real thing. The filling is so yummy and tasted almost exactly like real Almond Joys.
I really need to take a class on coating things in chocolate; I can never get them to look smooth and pretty. But, they still taste delicious so I won't dwell too long.
These bars are pretty sweet and it's nice that it doesn't make a huge batch. More of a Mounds fan? Just skip the Almonds and use dark chocolate.
Because....sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't!
Homemade Almond Joys
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 large marshmallows (ONLY 10)
2 cup coconut (chopped finely)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 bag milk chocolate chips
In a heavy sauce pan, over medium heat, heat syrup, marshmallows, and salt until marshmallows are melted. Continue to stir over heat for an additional minute.
Remove from stove and add coconut and vanilla. Stir well and transfer to a bowl to cool in the fridge. The mixture needs to get cool enough that it can be shaped into bars, at least an hour.
When ready to coat the bars, melt the chocolate chips using either a Double Boiler or microwave. I prefer the Double Boiler. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Place waxed paper lined cookie sheet in the freezer to chill; you'll place the finished product on the chilled sheet to cool.
Shape mixture into Almond Joy shaped bars - 1 inch by 3 inch. (Helps to put a little butter on your hands.) Press 2 almonds into the top of each bar. Dip each bar in chocolate and let cool on the chilled cookie sheet. Allow bars to set before eating.
Almond Joys have nuts, Mounds don't! For Mounds bars, leave out the almonds and use dark chocolate instead!
Makes 12-14 small bars.
Source: Favorite Family Recipes
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