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This Homemade Almond Joy Candy is better than the original because of more nuts and more chocolate! JOY never tasted so good!!

A brown plate filled with homemade almond joy candy on a bed of coconut.

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Want to learn how to make your own, better than the original, homemade almond joy candy bars? Stick close, this recipe will become one of your favorites!


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*Disclaimer – This recipe was originally published in 2013. I’m working hard to update all my older recipes with recipe cards, new photos, and additional recipe information. But, getting to all of them will take time. Please bear with me.

In the meantime let me assure you that this recipe is still a winner, and one I’m sure you’ll be well pleased with when you make it at home.


A photo collage of homemade almond Joy candy with a title text overlay graphic in brown and black

The ingredient list:

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Why this recipe for homemade almond joy candy is better than the original:

The inside of these homemade coconut nut candy bars are creamy and coco-nutty with the undeniable taste of an Almond Joy bar.

Then they are enrobed in a coating of deep dark chocolate, sinful and yet full of antioxidants.  

Then, I gilded the lily (who me?) by giving them yet another layer of chopped nuts by sitting them on top of a layer of chopped toasted nuts for a fabulously crunchy bottom!

If you’re a nut for a nut (or know someone who is), then this chocolate and coconut almond candy is for you!!

How to store copycat almond joy candy:

Store the candy at room temperature in an air-tight container for freshness.

They should last for up to 2 weeks, but they won’t. LOL


The instructions for making homemade chocolate coconut candy:

  • Place the coconut and whole almonds in an even layer on a baking sheet, and toast them lightly in a 350-degree oven for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, sift confectioners sugar into a large bowl, and add the heavy cream.
  • Add the toasted coconut to the bowl along with the vanilla extract. Stir well to combine.
  • Reserve 40 of the toasted whole almonds, and set the rest aside.
  • Shape the coconut mixture into 2″ logs (roll them first into balls, using approximately 1 tablespoon of the mixture, and then shape them into logs).
  • Top each log with 2 whole almonds each, making sure to press each almond gently yet firmly into the coconut mixture.
  • Place the logs into the freezer for at least 30 minutes to harden.
  • Meanwhile, chop the remaining toasted almonds.
  • Add the chopped pecans and chopped almonds to a dry skillet and toast for 1 – 2 minutes over medium heat, watching them carefully so they don’t burn.
  • Pour the toasted nuts in an even layer onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Set aside.
  • Remove the almond joy candy from the freezer and dip them each into melted semi-sweet chocolate to coat.
  • Once each almond joy candy bar is coated with melted chocolate, place each one onto the layer of toasted nuts, and drizzle the candy lightly with any remaining melted chocolate.
  • Once the chocolate has fully dried, sprinkle a light dusting of cocoa powder over each candy, if desired.
A closeup photo of Homemade Almond Joy Candy sitting on top of toasted nuts along with a dusting of cocoa powder

Additional homemade candy recipes:

*Copycat Payday Candy Bars (pictured below)

If you’re a fan of Payday candy bars then you’ll go NUTS for this fast and easy Copycat Payday Candy Bars recipe. After all, who doesn’t love payday?!!

A pretty blue plate filled with Copycat Payday Candy Bars with a blue stripped napkin in the background.

*Coconut Pecan Praline Candy (pictured below)

You can either thank me for this recipe of coconut pecan praline candy or curse me out! They’re so good and so addicting you may eat them all by yourself! Sorry. Not sorry!

Square plate of pecan pralines with a blue striped napkin.

*Peanut Butter and Chocolate Granola Jumbles (pictured below)

This fast and easy recipe for Peanut Butter & Chocolate Granola Jumbles will satisfy your sweet tooth and give you a boost of energy which will last you all through the afternoon.

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*Homemade Candy Recipe Roundup (not shown)

*Homemade Almond Joy Candy (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s delicious sweet tooth recipe for Homemade Almond Joy Candy.


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A round brown plate filled with homemade almond joy candy on a bed of white coconut

Homemade Almond Joy Candy

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
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Prep Time 20 mins
Additional Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cuisine No Bake Dessert
Servings 20
Calories 404 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups whole almonds
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar sifted
  • 5-6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder optional
  • 2 cups chopped pecans


  • Preheat your oven to 350-degrees.
  • Prepare a baking sheet by covering with aluminum foil or a parchment paper.
  • Spread the whole almonds on half the baking sheet and the shredded coconut on the other half.
  • Toast the nuts and coconut in the oven for 10-12 minutes (stirring occasionally), until lightly toasted, and watching carefully so they don’t burn.
  • Remove and cool.
  • Reserve 20 whole almonds and set aside.
  • Chop the remaining almonds into small pieces. Set aside.
  • In a medium-size bowl using a wooden spoon, stir the sifted powdered sugar, and the heavy cream together to form a thick paste. *Note – Start with 5 tablespoons, and if needed, add the 6th tablespoon of heavy cream.
  • Stir in the toasted coconut, vanilla extract, and salt to combine thoroughly.
  • Line another baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Shape the coconut mixture into 2" logs (roll them first into balls, using approximately 1 tablespoon of the coconut mixture, and then shape them into logs).
  • Top each log with 2 whole almonds each, making sure to press each almond gently yet firmly onto the coconut logs.
  • Place the logs into the freezer for at least 15 minutes (longer is fine too), to harden.
  • In a dry skillet, over medium heat, toast the chopped toasted almonds and pecans. Stirring frequently. **Keep an eye on these as they can burn easily**. Once you can start to smell them, they’re done.
  • Place the toasted nuts in a single even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • In a medium-size microwave-safe bowl, add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and microwave at 40-50% power at 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval. **NOTE – make sure that no water gets into the chocolate mixture at this point as it will seize and harden the chocolate, making it completely unusable. Stir and continue microwaving, at low temperature, until all the chocolate is completely melted and loose.
  • Remove the coconut candy from the freezer and using a few forks (or BBQ fork), drop the coconut candy in the melted chocolate, turning to completely cover.
  • Allow the excess chocolate to drip off and lay the chocolate coated candy bars on top the chopped nuts on the baking sheet.
  • Allow the candy to dry completely.
  • Use the remaining melted chocolate and a fork to drizzle chocolate over the candy and then sprinkle with a light dusting of the cocoa powder (if desired).



Serving: 1pieceCalories: 404kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 5gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 134mgFiber: 5gSugar: 34g
Keyword almond joy candy, copycat almond joy candy, homemade coconut candy
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I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s homemade chocolate and coconut candy recipe as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!!

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Recipe Rating

Alaiyo Kiasi

Wednesday 17th of April 2013

I agree with Conni that your candies look amazing, and thanks for the careful photographing of the process, and with such beautiful results. Great movie-food connection!


Tuesday 16th of April 2013

I'm a nut for a nut too and these almond joy bars with the extra nuts would not last long around me! Love how you always add your own special additions to recipes.

Conni Dahl Smith

Tuesday 16th of April 2013

Okay, first, these candies look amazing! I love chocolate, and coconut and nuts... this is just goodness wrapped in goodness! But the movie? The original Willy Wonka gave me nightmares. I remember watching in in bed with my mom in her room when I was 4 or 5 years old. The new version? Oh my! It was good, but man was Johnny Depp disturbingly creepy! He's such a good actor :)

Laura Dembowski

Monday 15th of April 2013

I so want that book. Nothing makes me happier than homemade candy! Yours looks delicious!

Renee Goerger

Tuesday 16th of April 2013

I highly recommend the cookbook Laura. I have several recipes marked to make in the not too distant future. If you love homemade candy, this is the book for you.Thanks for the visit and the comment.Renee - Kudos Kitchen

Shelby | Diabetic Foodie

Monday 15th of April 2013

My mom doesn't like coconut, so I didn't eat much of it growing up. Now I love it. Your bars look heavenly!

Renee Goerger

Tuesday 16th of April 2013

People either love coconut or hate it. There is usually no gray area. I happen to love it. My husband hates it. Oh well, too bad for him this time. LOLThanks for the visit and the comment. Much appreciated.Renee - Kudos Kitchen