Homemade Mounds Bar Recipe (2024)

Home » Recipes » Dessert » No-Bake » Homemade Mounds Bars Recipe

posted: 05/29/23 — updated: 10/05/23 by Deryn Macey Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links.

Jump to Recipe·★★★★★5 from 1 review

Enjoy a delicious combination of dark chocolate and creamy coconut with this easy homemade Mounds bar recipe.

Homemade Mounds Bar Recipe (1)

Table of Contents

About the Recipe

Are you a fan of Mounds bars? Or maybe you’re more familiar with Bounty Bars? This homemade Mounds bar recipe is a copycat version of these two popular candy bars, featuring a creamy coconut filling coated in dark chocolate, just like the original.

The recipe is made with just 5 simple ingredients – coconut, coconut milk, maple syrup, coconut oil and chocolate. Though simple, the bars are rich, decadent and sure to hit the spot.

For more homemade candy bars and treats, you’ll have to try these Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, Vegan Thin Mints Cookie, Vegan Homemade Butterfingers, Homemade Vegan Ferrero Rocher and Homemade Twix Bars next.

At a Glance

  • Copycat of Mounds candy bar (Bounty Bar in Canada!).
  • Vegan.
  • Gluten-free.
  • Contains coconut, but no nuts.
  • Freeze well.
  • No-bake.
  • 5 ingredient.
  • Fun and easy to make.

Ingredient Notes

Homemade Mounds Bar Recipe (2)

The complete ingredient list with measurements is located in the recipe card at the end of the post. Use that when you’re ready to proceed with the recipe.

  • Shredded Coconut: The recipe calls for unsweetened shredded coconut (desiccated coconut). You can use sweetened coconut, which will be more similar to the original bars, but the bars will be much sweeter and of course, have more added sugar.
  • Coconut Milk: You’ll need canned full-fat (regular) coconut milk. Shake well before opening! Do not use carton or light coconut milk. Canned coconut cream would also work.
  • Coconut Oil: I used refined coconut oil but refined or unrefined is suitable.
  • Maple Syrup: You can substitute another liquid sweetener such as agave syrup or honey.
  • Chocolate Chips: Dark chocolate chips are suggested but you can also use dairy-free milk chocolate chips or any semi-sweet chocolate.


  • Almond Joy: Add whole almond on top of each bar before coating in chocolate.
  • Mint: Add a few drops of mint extract to the coconut mixture.
  • Toasted Coconut: Before blending the coconut, toast for 5-10 minutes on a baking sheet at 350 F until lightly golden.
  • Peanut Butter: Add 2 tbsp peanut butter (or almond butter) to the coconut mixture.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Blend Coconut Filling

Add the coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil and maple syrup to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until the mixture becomes paste-like.

You want the fats to start releasing from the shredded coconut so this may take a few minutes. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides every 20-30-seconds.

Homemade Mounds Bar Recipe (3)

Step 2: Freeze Bars

Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper so you’ll be able to lift the bars out of the pan, then firmly press the coconut mixture into the pan. You could also use an 8×8-inch pan but the bars will be quite thin.

Chill the bars in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

Homemade Mounds Bar Recipe (4)

Step 3: Melt Chocolate

When you’re nearly ready to pull the bars from the freezer, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 20-second increments or using a double boiler, until completely smooth.

When melting the chocolate for coating, I like to use a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over simmering water in a small pot on the stovetop. This gentle heating method helps melt the chocolate evenly and prevents it from burning.

Quick Tip: I added 2 tbsp melted coconut oil to the chocolate to thin it out and make it easier to coat the bars. This is optional. After you melt the chocolate, determine if this may be helpful. It will depend on the brand of chocolate and cacao content.

Step 4: Coat Bars in Chocolate

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lift the bars from the pan using the edges of the parchment paper and cut into 16 portions.

Homemade Mounds Bar Recipe (5)

Use two forks to dip the bars in the chocolate, flipping to coat all sides.

You can also just drizzle the chocolate over each bar which is a bit quicker and easier but the bottoms won’t be coated.

Quick Tip: After coating the bars with chocolate, gently tap the baking sheet on a flat surface to release any air bubbles trapped in the chocolate for a smoother, more polished appearance.

Homemade Mounds Bar Recipe (6)

Step 5: Chill Bars

Place the pan in the freezer for 30 minutes or fridge for about an hour until the chocolate is set.

Homemade Mounds Bar Recipe (7)

Recipe FAQs

How long does it take to make homemade mounds bars?

You’ll only need about 10-15 minutes to actually make the bars, however, you’ll also need about 90 minutes of chilling time. The total time required is about 1:45 hours.

Can I use sweetened coconut flakes for homemade mounds bars?

Yes, you can use sweetened coconut flakes for homemade Mounds bars. However, you may need to adjust the amount of maple syrup to account for the added sweetness, or you may not need it at all.

Are homemade Mounds bars healthier than store-bought ones?

It depends on your version of healthy but making your own can be a healthier option because you have control of the ingredients used. This recipe uses maple syrup as a natural sweetener and dark chocolate for a lower sugar option. It’s also dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free.

The ingredients of store-bought Mounds bars are corn syrup, semi-sweet chocolate, lecithin, milk, coconut sugar, salt, hydrolyzed milk protein and sodium metabisulfite (not vegan-friendly or dairy-free).

Homemade Mounds Bar Recipe (8)

Expert Tips

  • If you want to skip coating the bars in chocolate, I’d suggest making them in an 8×8-inch pan. You don’t need to chill the bars, then add the chocolate. Just press the coconut mixture into the pan firmly, top with melted chocolate then freeze until firm. Once set, lift out of the pan and slice into squares.
  • You have a few options for coating in chocolate:
    • Simply press the coconut into the pan and top with melted chocolate as noted in above point.
    • Drizzle each bar with chocolate on the pan. This is easy and will use less chocolate, but the bottoms won’t get coated.
    • Dip each bar directly into the melted chocolate and flip to coat entirely. I like this method, it just takes a little longer and you may need some extra chocolate. I like to add 1-2 tbsp melted coconut oil or plant-based butter to the chocolate to thin it out and stretch it further.
  • Measuring: It’s not required but I always suggest using a digital scale to measure your ingredients accurately.
Homemade Mounds Bar Recipe (9)

Storing Instructions

  • The bars must be kept chilled, either in the fridge or freezer.
  • You can store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I would suggest the fridge if you’ll be eating them all in less than a week.
  • You can store them in a sealed container in the freezer for up to 3 months. If frozen, let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before eating. They’ll soften quickly if it’s warm.

What to Make Next

  • Homemade Butterfingers with Corn Flakes
  • Homemade Twix Bars
  • Homemade Snickers
  • No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Bars
  • No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Bars

Did you try this recipe? I’d love to hear about it! Scroll down to the comment section to leave a star rating and review.


Homemade Mounds Bar Recipe (10)

Homemade Mounds Bars Recipe

★★★★★5 from 1 review

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 90 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
Print Recipe

Save Recipe


Indulge in this homemade copycat version of the classic Mounds bar, featuring a creamy coconut filling wrapped in rich dark chocolate.


  • 3 cups (213 g) loosely packed unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup (118 mL) coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp (30 g) melted and cooled coconut oil
  • ¼ cup (72 g) maple syrup
  • 1 cup (150 g) dark chocolate chips


  1. Prepare: Line a 9×5-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Blend Coconut Mixture: In a food processor or high-speed blender, combine all of the ingredients except chocolate chips. Pulse until the coconut is well broken up and the mixture starts to become like a paste. This may take a few minutes.
  3. Press Bars into Pan: Spread coconut mixture in the lined baking pan and firmly press down into an even layer. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour to firm.
  4. Melt Chocolate: After at least 1 hour, remove the baking pan from the freezer and let sit to thaw for a couple of minutes while you melt the chocolate chips. To melt chocolate chips, place in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 20-second increments until all chips are melted, stirring in between increments. Alternatively, use a double boiler or heatproof bowl placed over a small bot of boiling water to melt the chocolate.
  5. Slice Bars: Remove parchment paper with coconut mixture inside from the baking pan. Cut the sheet into 16 bars and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Coat Bars in Chocolate: Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of each bar or use a spoon and fork to to dip each bar into chocolate. You may need a bit more melted chocolate chips if completely dipping each bar.
  7. Chill Bars: Place the chocolate-covered bars in the freezer for at least 30 minutes or fridge for at least one hour to harden. Enjoy.


Store the bars in a sealed container the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. If frozen, thaw for few minutes at room temperature before eating.

If you find your melted chocolate is quite thick and difficult to drizzle or dip the bars into, mix in 1-2 tbsp melted coconut oil to thin.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 179
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Sodium: 7 mg
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Keywords: homemade bounty bars, homemade mounds bars

Dessert Freezer-Friendly Gluten-Free Grain-Free Halloween No-Bake Nut-Free Recipes

posted by Deryn Macey on May 29, 2023

3 Comments / Leave a Comment »

« Previous PostVegan Homemade Butterfingers Recipe with Corn Flakes

Next Post »3-Ingredient Chocolate Date Balls

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

3 comments on “Homemade Mounds Bars Recipe”

  1. Susan February 16, 2024 @ 4:23 pm Reply

    Thank you for posting a real recipe and not a microwave 3 ingredient version. They aren’t finished yet but I can tell already they will be great !

    • Deryn Macey February 17, 2024 @ 7:15 am Reply

      I hope you enjoy!

  2. Shelly October 24, 2023 @ 12:01 pm Reply

    Loved. I did use your tip to make them as a sheet of bars rather than individual bars. It was super easy that way, just spreading the melted chocolate over top. I might try them as individual bars next time though.

Homemade Mounds Bar Recipe (2024)


What is the main ingredient in a MOUNDS Candy bar? ›

Coconut bars on a graham cracker crust topped with chocolate.

What is inside a MOUNDS Candy bar? ›

Mounds is a candy bar made by The Hershey Company, consisting of shredded, sweetened coconut coated in dark chocolate. The company also produces the Almond Joy, a similar bar topped by whole almonds and covered in milk chocolate.

What is the difference between Mounds Bar and Almond Joy? ›

Both ALMOND JOY and MOUNDS Candy feature a sweet coconut center. ALMOND JOY Candy includes a crunchy whole almond and a chocolate candy coating. MOUNDS Candy has no nuts and a dark chocolate candy coating.

What is the difference between bounty and Mounds? ›

Mounds bars are coated in dark chocolate, and unlike the intentionally-poured drips of chocolate found on the surface of a Bounty bar, Mounds' chocolate shells are comparatively flat. A Mounds bar, however, has an edge when it comes to history: Mounds was the first coconut-filled chocolate bar to be sold.

What kind of chocolate is in Mounds? ›

MOUNDS bars are made of sweet coconut and dark chocolate and ALMOND JOY bars, like their predecessor the Dreams bar, contains sweet coconut and whole almonds in a chocolate candy coating.

What candy was invented in 1948? ›

1948. While its partner candy bar Mounds has been around for almost a century, Almond Joy didn't join the game until a little later. While Mounds were already becoming a classic among Americans, the demand for milk chocolate was increasing steadily, leading to the development of the Almond Joy candy bar.

Was Mounds always dark chocolate? ›

Peter Paul debuted Mounds, a dark chocolate-covered coconut candy bar, in 1921 (named “Mounds” for its shape), and Almond Joy in 1946, after WWII had ended and access to rationed sugar and coconut was restored.

What candy was invented in Connecticut? ›

Invented in Connecticut: Mounds and Almond Joy Candy Bars – Where I Live CT.

What is a chunky candy bar made of? ›

Chunky is a candy bar with milk chocolate, raisins, and roasted peanuts — using a sectioned and truncated pyramid shape. Chunky is produced by Ferrara Candy Company, a division of Ferrero SpA.

Are MOUNDS Candy bars good for you? ›

They aren't remotely good for you. Even with the coconut, look at the ingredients. The first four ingredients are corn syrup, semi-sweet chocolate, coconut, and sugar.

Are Mounds healthier than Almond Joy? ›

Almond Joy was introduced in 1948 as a spin-off to Mounds. Unlike Mounds, Almond Joy is made up of milk chocolate (rather than dark chocolate) and almonds, in addition to coconut. Almond Joy has slightly fewer calories than its counterpart, but it is still not a healthy option.

Which sells more Almond Joy or Mounds? ›

These are America's favorite chocolate brands. When Almond Joy was first introduced in 1946, it sold for 10 cents a bar. The candy, which includes coconut and almonds, is significantly more popular than Hershey's similar chocolate bar, Mounds, which does not appear at all in the 20 most popular chocolate brands.

Does Hershey own Mounds? ›

The History of MOUNDS Candy Bars

MOUNDS and ALMOND JOY Candy Bars joined The Hershey Company family in 1988.

Does Almond Joy own Mounds? ›

In 1978, Peter Paul merged with the Cadbury-Schweppes company of England. In 1988, Hershey's purchased the United States rights to their chocolate business for $300 million, which included the Mounds, Almond Joy, and York Peppermint Pattie brands, in addition to Cadbury-only products such as Dairy Milk and Caramello.

Is a Mounds bar like a bounty? ›

Bounty is a coconut-filled, chocolate-enrobed candy bar manufactured by Mars, Incorporated, introduced in 1951 in the United Kingdom and Canada. It is a direct emulation of the Mounds bar introduced by Peter Paul in 1936, and also copies the milk chocolate enrobing of Hershey's Almond Joy, introduced in 1948.

What are the most common ingredients in candy bars? ›

The ingredients include milk, sometimes sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, sugar, oil, whey, calcium carbonate, salt, flavor, butter, another type of fat such as vegetable oil, molasses, and corn starch.

Is Mounds candy bar milk chocolate? ›

MOUNDS Candy Bars are an indulgent tast of the tropics with sweet soft coconut wrapped in rich, dark chocolate.


Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Lilliana Bartoletti

Last Updated:

Views: 6302

Rating: 4.2 / 5 (73 voted)

Reviews: 80% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Lilliana Bartoletti

Birthday: 1999-11-18

Address: 58866 Tricia Spurs, North Melvinberg, HI 91346-3774

Phone: +50616620367928

Job: Real-Estate Liaison

Hobby: Graffiti, Astronomy, Handball, Magic, Origami, Fashion, Foreign language learning

Introduction: My name is Lilliana Bartoletti, I am a adventurous, pleasant, shiny, beautiful, handsome, zealous, tasty person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.