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Homemade Almond Joy Bars Recipe

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I. love. candy bars.

And I don’t mean in the way that a kid loves his Halloween stash. I mean I love candy bars in the same way other people love art, music, and nature. I mean they speak to me.

Literally. In the grocery aisles sometimes. True story.

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Seriously though. I can enjoy a candy bar in the same way a music lover enjoys a symphony. Does anyone else feel this way?

Here’s how it works. You have to unwrap it just right. A straight tear in the wrapper, directly down the center. The first bite has to be about a 1/4 of the way down the candy bar. I don’t know why, it just does.

Candy bars with soft centers work best for this experience. I guess it’s because you get a better crack in the chocolate with that first bite if the center is soft caramel or nougat. Then my favorite part… the caramel pull (when applicable, of course). After that first bite, you pull the candy bar away from your teeth and see how far you can make the caramel stretch from your mouth. It’s a balancing act– too little stretch means your candy bar is old and dry. But too much… well, that’s just a mess. Like having gum in your hair.

The idea is to make it look like it just stepped out of a magazine ad. For me, that’s half the point of any eating experience: how it looks. Perhaps my instagram stream clued you in? Anyway. I love making a candy bar look just like it does in the commercials. Maybe it sounds silly to you, but I think it’s pure bliss.

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Even though Almond Joy candy bars don’t have a caramel center, they’re still in my top 3 favorite candy bars at all times, simply because of their texture. Caramel candy bars bring the looks, but Almond Joys definitely bring the fun texture I love to eat.

Crunch from the almonds, chewy coconut, and a hard chocolate exterior = candy bar nirvana.

And hey! Now you can make Almond Joy nirvana at home! Swing by Food Fanatic to see my recipe for Homemade Almond Joy Candy Bars.


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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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7 Responses to “Homemade Almond Joy Bars Recipe”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on July 25, 2013 at 2:12 am (#)

    They’re gorgeous! I love recreating candy bars too! I’ve always wanted to do Almond Joy or Mounds. I’ve done Butterfinger, Payday Bars, Reese’s Cups, but nothing with coconut. Must make these!

  2. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on July 25, 2013 at 9:20 am (#)

    Oh my goodness Ashton!! I love Almond Joy bars! They are probably my favorite candy bar along with Snickers and Butterfingers. I actually just made a recipe using them this morning! So darn tasty. :) I have to make my own!

  3. Charlotte Moore posted on July 25, 2013 at 1:03 pm (#)

    This would be a dangerous thing to have in my house. Mercy, They look yummy!!!

  4. Lori @A Pinch of Glitter posted on July 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm (#)

    Ashton, I am in LOVE with your writing! This is what makes you a truly fantastic blogger. I am a sugar lover at heart…but man, you seriously make those candy bars speak to me like never before!

    • Ashton posted on July 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm (#)

      Oh my gosh– you’re way to nice to me! lol. I look at this post and see delirium-induced writing from working until 2 in the morning!! haha ;)

  5. Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking posted on July 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm (#)

    I want this and I want this now…looks so delicious and those are my favorite bars ever! Got to try them soon! Thanks for sharing!


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