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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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139 comments on “Coconut Mounds Bars”

  1. Well, well! Don’t those look decadent!!! I even have All the ingredients. If only Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts wern’t on my after work to do list! Maybe I will make both!! Kids wont mind I am sure ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. You know what I love most about the foodie community? That we send each other good food, whether virtual or real.

    YUM!!!!

  3. Yumola these look incredible!

  4. Chocolate and coconut are two of my favorite cookie ingredients. Almond Joys are always my first choice when I’m looking for a sweet so I may have to add an almond to the top of these bars. These bars look delicious, Lizzy.

  5. My dad would love these! He is even coming to visit this weekend!

  6. DEeeeeLISH !!!

    OOO, My,

    can’t wait to make these little Almond Joy sins.

    Xx

  7. I LOVE Mounds and Almond Joys! I think I need to splurge and make this wonderful recipe!!! I didn’t get any chocolate for Easter so this will have to make up for it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. It does make for a wonderful day in the kitchen when you reach a success, especially better than you expected! These do look delicious-Mounds flavors are hard to resist-yum!

  9. I just copied a recipe from a holiday cook book and was going to try them. Skeptical on this one now that your first attempts were not as good. Going to try this one. I love coconut almond joys thats my favorite all time candy! these may be the key…. they look fantastic seriously I hate that word in blogging but they really really do!

  10. Yum, I think I could eat the whole batch!

  11. I am so much into desserts but these bars looks so good esp the choc topping. Another great outcome esp since this tasted better than the original.

  12. At first I thought it was millionaire’s shortbread but under a different name! They look extraordinary and must taste heavenly. I’m both coconut and chocolate fan (I’m even making now a coconut cake!), so I’m sure I would love them. I can imagine how happy you are with this big success!

  13. Can I have a whole tray? My kids and I were talking about our favorite candy bars and Almond Joy and Mounds were my #3. Right behind Reese’s PB cups and Snickers. I love coconut and chocolate. These DO look better than the candy bar by far!! Well done Lizzy! PS.. congrats on TOP 9!! Your kebabs were outrageously beautiful and I am still coveting those amazing skewers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Good to see that these turned of great for you…they certainly look incredible! thanks for sharing.

  15. II have to make these for my mom. For as long as I can remember she’s always kept mini Mounds and Almond Joys in her refrigerator or freezer. She loves them. I do as well but it will be a nice surprise to make these for her. Can’t wait to try them.

  16. Bravo to Susan for coming to your rescue! This is the kind of baked good that I have to make sure Hubby doesn’t see on my monitor or I’ll have to make it every day for the rest of my life and he’ll weigh 700 pounds. He LOVES Mounds Bars.

  17. Hmmm looks delicious! Until I started to follow bakers’ blogs, I didn’t know there are so many desserts using coconut, such as this one. I’d need 1/2 of this recipe in case I can’t help myself eating the entire batch. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. These look wonderful. My mom is a big coconut fan and loves anything sweet. I think I will make these for her soon!

  19. I made the ‘almond joy’ version of these recently…what a hit! Your classroom cookbook sounds so sweet, so sorry it went missing, but it seems like you hit on the perfect recipe anyway.

  20. I really do heart anything made with coconut:-) Homemade mounds sound awesome!! I am so glad your friend sent you the recipe!!!

  21. Those look absolutely delicious! I love coconut too and I wish I had some of these to snack on right now at work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Lovely recipe, thank you

  23. They look delicious Liz! I’m so happy that you found a recipe like the one your mom used to have โ™ฅ

  24. There is nothing better than recreating from your childhood and having them come out better! I will confess to being a Mounds addict as a child so these are especially endearing.

  25. These look great! Oh, gotta love the childhood memory bars. For me, they were these peanut butter and chocolate ones they served at school. I am sure there is nothing ‘clean’ about them, but gosh they were good!
    Way to go on the top 9! Those skewers and salad were amazing and beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. A wonderful and delicious sweet treat:) Mound Bars are one of my favorites. I am saving this recipe for future making (I need to shed a few pounds after Easter). Great post!

  27. I like coconut and chocolate together and the graham crackers crust is a nice addition. I really envy you your baking skills. I bet these are totally yummy.

  28. Hooray for Susan and hooray for you for creating these delicious looking bars. Don’t you love it when the reality of a memory is even better than the memory!

  29. oh my goodness these look so good!!! they sound absolutely amazing, making me drool over here!

  30. Oooh coconut and chocolate!!Hmmm I have a real bad sweet coconut craving right now!How divine do these look ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Wow all the flavors together make this one hell of a treat!

  32. Congratulations on the top 9 on Foodbuzz today, Liz! Sorry for not wishing you earlier. Just saw it when I came home. The lambs look p-e-r-f-e-c-t!

  33. These look PERFECT! Mounds bars are my favorite!!

  34. These looks delicious – and I’m so glad you found a replacement recipe for the version lost from childhood. Sometimes the best recipes from our early memories are the hardest to recapture…

    I think the best part of these bars (besides the decadence) are the layers…gorgeous!

  35. Oh, these look so delectable! My husband loved coconut, and I know he would have loved these! They kinda remind me of magic bars, but way better w/the ganache topping!

  36. My mom has one of those cookbooks I made for her when I was little sitting on the shelf. It’s crazy the recipes I thought she would like that I included though!

  37. Once I made nanimobars. I love it. This one looks perfect afternoon snack. I need that.

  38. looks cute and delectable..wow i will try sometime..wow…droolling drooolling..

  39. These sound great Lizzy! Mounds Bars (and Almond Joys) are one of my weaknesses. Around Halloween, when the mini bars are to be found everywhere, I start automatically salivating lol. Now I can salivate right in the comfort of my own home ๐Ÿ˜›

    Boy, that sounds wrong ๐Ÿ˜€

  40. Oh yum, these are a must try – pinning this one! Graham crumbs and sweetened condensed milk are a no-fail in my book!

  41. I want just one…if I made a whole pan I could not control myself!
    They look delicious.

  42. Chocolate and coconut are always a winning combination in my book!

  43. Oh my these bars look so tempting! Feel like having FEW NOW! YUMMY! BTW congrat for your Top 9 Foodbuzz on your lamb kebab post! Have a fun week, Lizzy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Mounds bar. Better get on that with these. They look divine!

  45. I have an absurd love for Mounds bars–I am bookmarking these to make once Passover is, well, over.

  46. My, my how decadent! “Sometimes you feel like a nut…and sometimes you don’t.” They look fabulous :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  47. Mmmmm, delicious! Anything involving coconut I am defenseless against. Well done! I’d inhale these ๐Ÿ˜‰

  48. Love bars Lizzy look delicious!!

  49. I have a recipe or two – or better, the memory of it – that has been lost and for some reason cannot be recreated… So glad you found these, and they sound/look wonderful!

  50. I love Mounds bars, and these sound awesome! Those old cookbooks are the best-too bad yours disappeared.

  51. These look insanley good!! I desperately want one!

  52. I am such a sucker for mounds bars – this post makes me very happy ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to try it! Have a wonderful week, my friend! xoxo

  53. Dear Lizzy, I just love old recipes!!
    They are the best! It is too bad that the cookbook disappeared, but good that you got another recipe.
    Sounds delish! I love coconut and love mounds.
    Blessings my dear, Catherine xo

  54. oooooh, that’s what I said out loud when I saw your first picture! My husband will LOVE these, thanks Lizzy!

  55. Thank you Lizzy for sharing these delicious bars at Mix it up Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Mounds bars have a special place in my tummy. I love that you doubled the filling. That is my favorite part…a bit more coconut taste with just a hint of chocolate. Yum!

  57. Trying to recreate something that comes from the childhood is neither easy nor always successful. I am glad this recipe proved to be even better than the original one. Plus it is always admirable when a friend comes to a rescue!

  58. Wow – these look terrific! How nice that you were able to find a resource to re-create!

  59. This bars look delicious, especially with condensed milk…
    Hope you are having a great week Liz ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Temptation is the name of these bars.

  61. Its so nice of your friend who came to your rescue with a delightful recipe. They look delectable and I can understand your love for these.

  62. YAY for a successful recipe! They look so good, this is one of my candy bars I adore:-) Hugs, Terra

  63. I’m glad it turned out well this time & I’m sure u were jumping & rejoicing at the success. Love the presentation, Lizzy!

  64. great re-create recipe,I love condensed milk on this bars ,sound YummY ๐Ÿ™‚
    Ridwan

  65. Yum! I love that you used ganache instead of normal chocolate. I bet the condensed milk and coconut go fabulously together.

  66. Another delicious recipe, these mounds bars look amazing, I made some mounds bars around last Christmas, but didn’t have the bottom part. I bet with the graham cracker bottom would taste even better. Thanks for the inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. I’m usually not a fan of coconut in things, but it would be hard to resist these bars.

  68. So glad you were able to recreate your childhood treat! These look awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t go wrong with choclate and coconut…

  69. As if you needed a second take, these mounds bars look heavenly!

  70. Mmm, we love Mounds/Almond Joy! These look great!

  71. How adorable. Perfect little squares like gift packages!

  72. This tweak looks divine! Do these bars ship well??? Hint, hint! ๐Ÿ˜€

  73. That’s total temptation, Lizzy! I can eat a whole pan of that! YUM!

  74. Oh wow! Those look terrific!!!!

  75. My dad eats a mounds bar before every tennis match he plays. I’ll have to make these for him! Thank you for sharing. I hope you are having a good Wednesday, and I hope the end of the week is even better.

  76. Oh dear me, those do look rather good…! I’ve gained a few pounds recently… really trying to get them off again… sigh… why can’t things like this be considered diet food? ๐Ÿ˜€

  77. I wasn’t a fan of Mounds as a kid but all of these elements seem SO fantastic as bars. I may have to give these a try!

  78. yay, thats so awesome that you were able to recreate your childhood treats! and omg, these look so insanely decadent, i bet they taste FANTASTIC!

  79. Oh my goodness, these sound unbelievably awesome!

  80. Aw so happy it was such a success this time! Thats the best feeling ๐Ÿ™‚ And it looks like all of that work was sooo worth it, these bars look GREAT!

  81. I love mounds… these look fantastic. I totally want one right now.

  82. your recipes are always better and better, i love bars like this one!

  83. looks wonderful delicious dessert

  84. They look positively super!

  85. Too delicious – wonderful flavors – simply scrumptious
    mary x

  86. i will take two dozen please!

  87. I love Mounds Bars! These homemade ones look so much better than the store bought version!

  88. These yummy little chocolaty goodness bars are so addictive, there’s plenty of childhood memories and more great memories to come after I make these amazing bars for my granchildren.
    Lizzy, congratulations of the superb Top9 for your gorgeous and delicious lamb kabobs!
    Hope you had a wonderful Easter my dear friend!
    xoxo

  89. I’m always a big fan of multiple-tested recipe and this shows that these bars must be very yummy.

  90. I am having a cup of green tea and one of those bars would be such a good compliment to my it, don’t you think so?! ๐Ÿ™‚ Perfect, and you know it! Love it!

  91. I love them Lizzy! I’m going to make them pretty soon!

  92. Wow, these looks amazing! I’m going to have to give them a shot.

  93. Wow! Just saw those floating around on pinterest. One student’s mom makes those for me!

  94. These look so delicious. They look like what we would call ‘Chocolate Caramel Slice’. And nothing goes better with chocolate than caramel! Great images xx

  95. Yeah for enjoying a childhood treat again!! That recipe sounds sinfully rich and delicious and way better than a store bought candy bar.

  96. I love Mounds bars so these will be a real treat!

  97. These looks so good! I’m a sucker for anything coconut! Wish I have one to snack on right now!

  98. Whoa mama do these look delicious, Liz! What a fun recipe and a tasty looking result. These would definitely go down smooth with a glass of milk!

  99. Hi Lizzy,
    This is such a fantastic recipe! Love it!

  100. Lizzy thanks for sharing this delicious bars with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  101. These mound bars look divine!

  102. Yum yum!!! These look fantastic.

  103. Lizzy! These look fantastic! I really love anything with a graham cracker bottom! Buzz buzz!

  104. oh my favorite candy bar
    simply amazing

  105. I’m totally craving coconut now! Gonna have to make these! I’d like to invite you to share them at Sweet & Simple Sunday (going on all week) at Cups by Kim!
    http://www.cupsbykim.blogspot.com/2012/04/sweet-simple-sunday-4.html
    Hope to see you there! p.s. I’m your newest follower!

  106. I think I gained five pounds just reading this post. Unbelievable.

  107. Phenomenal success, Lizzy! These are gorgeous! I’m sure they taste just every bit as god as they look too. That combo cannot possibly go wrong, imo.

  108. I left 3 comments, but not sure they went through. Had some trouble tonight. ๐Ÿ™

  109. Doesn’t look like they went through. I’m bookmarking this one, Lizzy. So happy you found an even better replacement for your childhood favorite. Hugs, Jen.

  110. So sorry to hear about your cookbook loss. I have a few I am always seeking from days gone by. Do you know the name of the book or where it was compiled?

    Oh how I adore Mounds, Lizzy. I mean after seeing these bars I just may dream of them tonight. I kid you not!

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  111. Oh my word…these look so delicious!

  112. Sounds so yummy. Love anything with coconut and chocolate!

  113. Those look crazy good and so simple to make. Great recipe!

  114. These look great – I don’t think this is a dish I could share though once made ๐Ÿ™‚

  115. Look how many comments you have on this recipe! You got our attention ๐Ÿ™‚

  116. Oh Lizzy, These bars look scrumptious!

  117. Wow! What a wonderful dessert. This looks divine! Thanks Lizzy for visiting me and for your sweet words ๐Ÿ™‚

  118. oh yum! the bars look absolutely mouth watreing

  119. They look absolutely delicious!

  120. These look incredible Lizzy! The coconut topped with a layer of ganache sounds simply divine. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  121. I have an extremely soft spot for coconut dessert. These look so yummy!!!

  122. I just love these! So delectable!!!

  123. Congrats! You’ve been featured today on Weekend Potluck!
    Happy Friday,
    ~Tonya from 4 little Fergusons

    http://4littlefergusons.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/smoky-applewood-chicken-avocado-wrap/

  124. My hubby would LURVE these–he’s a Mounds freak. Saved!

  125. Oh wow Mounds were my favorite as a kid, I can only imagine how good these are!

  126. That was sweet of Susan and so glad to hear you found a winning recipe. They look so delicious Lizzy! Thanks for being a part of the YBR:)

  127. the recipe sounds so easy and they look divine. Thanks a bunch ๐Ÿ™‚

  128. I found this recipe after searching for an ingredient list for a smaller batch (square pan vs 9X13). I would have had a half can of sweetened condensed milk left over instead of doubling the filling on my larger recipe…but this works well and was FANTASTIC, as was the ganache… which will be going on my next batch of brownies : ) Thank you!

  129. wow I hit the jackpot being a coconut lover! love them all!

  130. We love these bars even more than the candy bars! SO delicious and perfect for my sweet tooth!

  131. I am a huge fan of coconut. These mounds bars look fabulous. I guess I can’t simply replace dried coconut flakes with the sweetened coconut listed in the ingredient, can I?

    • It might work, Angie. Since the condensed milk is so very sweet, the richness of the dessert won’t be compromised. I’m just wondering about the texture as the sweetened coconut is pretty soft.

  132. We love coconut so this recipe is going on my list to make, unfortunately Iโ€™m very low on coconut at this moment.ย 
    What a lovely surprise that you sister saved the cookbook for you, Iโ€™m sure it brought back a truckload of wonderful memories.

  133. My sweet tooth is causing cravings today, and these look perfect! Love that coconut filling. Wish I could grab a bar from the screen.

  134. These remind me of a gorgeous grown up fancy version of mound bars – that I used to devour after swim practice when I was in high school. Gorgeous photos Liz!

  135. My dad’s favorite candy bar is a mounds — he will love these! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Valentina

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