Homemade Mounds Bars Recipe: Make a Nostalgic Favorite at Home

It's easy to make these chocolate-coconut candy bars at home. So next time you're craving a sweet treat, try our homemade Mounds bars.

Updated December 11, 2023
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If you loved the candy Mounds growing up, this recipe for homemade Mounds bars will take you down memory lane. Mounds bars have the best of both worlds — a creamy coconut filling covered in decadent dark chocolate. With this homemade recipe, you'll walk through sweet nostalgia with every bite. Recreate the iconic classic using just a few simple ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen. 

How to Make Mounds Bars 

If you're craving a Mounds bar, we have a sweet and simple recipe for you. This recipe makes 2½ dozen bars and enough to go around. If you're up to the challenge, you can try making your chocolate from scratch


  • 14 ounces sweetened coconut flakes
  • 8 ounces sweetened condensed milk (a little more than half of a 14-ounce can)
  • 20 ounces dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil  


  1. Pour the coconut flakes into a small mixing bowl and break up any lumps.
  2. Pour the sweetened condensed milk into the coconut and mix thoroughly until all the coconut is coated.
  3. Let the condensed milk soak into the coconut for about 10 minutes. 
  4. Line a baking dish (9x9 inches) with parchment paper. Press the coconut mixture evenly into the dish. 
  5. Place the baking dish in the refrigerator. Chill for at least 1-2 hours. 
  6. Once the coconut mixture is firm, remove it from the pan and cut into 2-inch bars. 
  7. In a medium saucepan, heat coconut oil and chocolate. Stir together until the chocolate is smooth. 
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Dip each bar into the chocolate and place on the parchment paper to set. Refrigerate for an hour to speed up the process. 
Quick Tip

You can mold and shape your coconut bars using your hands. Wash your hands thoroughly before spooning the coconut mixture into your palms. Freeze the bars before dipping them into the melted hot chocolate. 

Creative Mix-ins

While traditional Mounds bars contain just coconut and chocolate, it doesn't mean you can't get creative. Add some crushed almonds to your mixture or diced-up dried fruits. It adds an extra texture to your candy, and you also have different flavored treats. Here are some sweet add-ins. 

  • Almonds 
  • Pistachios
  • Diced dates 
  • Chocolate chips 
  • Diced dried fruits 

Hoping to make your candy look a bit more festive? Sprinkle some coconut flakes or crushed nuts after they are dipped in chocolate. This gives your homemade candy bars a classy look. 

Fast Fact

Mounds candy was invented in 1919. It was among the most popular candies during World War II, especially with the U.S. military. 

A Sweet Blast From the Past

Skip the drive to the store and whip up Mounds bars from scratch. Crafting homemade candy has perks and adds a special touch to any dessert table. Go back to the classics with a sweet treat that will have everyone walking down memory lane. 

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Homemade Mounds Bars Recipe: Make a Nostalgic Favorite at Home