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Coconut fans will swoon for these outrageously delicious Coconut Mounds Bars with a graham cracker crust, coconut filling, and a chocolate ganache topping! It’s easy to create these rich, irresistible Coconut Bars at home!

With all the flavors of a Mounds candy bars, these Coconut Chocolate Bars are even more delicious in my humble opinion. It’s the contrast between the buttery crust, gooey coconut, and semi-sweet ganache that makes these easy mounds bars outrageously delicious!

Mounds Bars stacked on a round white plate


 

Chocolate Coconut Bars

I mentioned my love for Mounds Bars in a previous post.   This recipe for mounds bars was my contribution to a cookbook compiled for our moms decades ago when I was in first grade. Held together by metal brackets and covered in wood grain patterned shelf paper, this recipe book was my resource when an urge for coconut hit.   Unfortunately, this gem disappeared from my childhood home when I was desperately craving coconut.

What Are Mounds Bars?

Introduced in 1920 by the Hershey Company, Mounds Bars are candy bars made of sweetened coconut filling topped with dark chocolate. Its sister bar is the Almond Joy which features a whole almond on top of the coconut and is coated with milk chocolate. These Easy Mounds Bars with Chocolate are a riff on the candy bar I finally tasted and fell for in my early teens! Those living abroad may be familiar with Bounty Bars which are like our Mounds Candy Bars except bathed in milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate.

Homemade Coconut Bars on a white ceramic tray

The Best Coconut Chocolate Bars

My friend, Susan, of Schnitzel and the Trout, hearing about my predicament, came to my rescue. My only other attempt at recreating these bars fell short. They were good, but either my memory of my mom’s bars had failed or these just weren’t as decadent as the original recipe.

How to Make Mounds Bars 

Susan sent me her recipe for mounds bars, which I tweaked by baking in a smaller pan, therefore doubling the filling,   and replacing the topping of melted chocolate chips with a glossy ganache.

When baking most bar cookies, I recommend lining the baking pan with non-stick foil. This helps with easy cleanup, but it also allows you to lift the bars from the pan and place them on a cutting board for easy slicing.

After baking the coconut layer, cool the bars before frosting. They can be slightly warm, but not hot.

Use a small offset spatula to spread the chocolate over the coconut. It’s one of my most used kitchen tools. 

Cut the coconut bars after refrigerating. This helps cut clean slices. Scoring the bars first will help minimize cracking of the chocolate topping. And I like using a hot dry knife to help glide through the ganache topping.

Well, the verdict is in: these coconut bars are BETTER than the original!!   Thanks so much, Susan!!!

Coconut Chocolate Bars garnished with shaved coconut on a white tray

More Coconut Recipes:

If you like this Mounds Bar Recipe, you may also enjoy some of these coconut treats.

Update: When my sisters were purging our family home getting it ready to be sold, they found the missing, beloved cookbook with recipes compiled by my first-grade teacher, Mrs. McGinnis, and tucked it away for me. It was only months later that my mom passed away, so I took these bars to her Celebration of Life party. These babies stole the show! Coconut fans MUST make this Mounds Bar Recipe!!!

Coconut Mounds Bars photo and text collage

This post was first shared in April 2012. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

Coconut Mounds Bars - Fabulous coconut bars with a graham cracker crust and ganache topping

Coconut Mounds Bars

Outrageously delicious coconut bars that outshine Mounds candy bars!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 16 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 14 ounces sweet and condensed milk (1 can)
  • 7 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Mix crumbs, powdered sugar and butter, and pat into an 8 x 8 pan (may line with non-stick foil for easy removal). Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour sweet and condensed milk into a microwave-safe bowl, and heat till quite warm to touch. Stir in coconut. Spread evenly over crust. Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow the bars to cool slightly before icing.
  4. Melt chocolate and cream in the microwave, using stopping and stirring at 30-second increments, until smooth. Give the mixture a good whisk and pour over the coconut layer and spread to cover.
  5. Chill sllightly before cutting for a cleaner cut. If chocolate is too hard, it will crack unless you first score it with a hot, dry knife.

Notes

Adapted from my mom and my friend, Susan.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 29gProtein: 4g

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