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Easy, Homemade "Mounds" Candies

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This is one of my family's recipes. I think its one of the greatest, but I'll let you decide when we're done. The recipe has been in our family for at least 40 years. My mom passed it down to me after learning it from my grandma. It's easy and tastes wonderful. On top of that, you may pick up some chocolate dipping tips.

Factoid: The first Mounds Bars were sold in 1920 for 5 cents a piece, then packages as 2 for still only 5 cents.

Gotta love Wikipedia!!

We all know that person in our neighborhood, apartment building or family who bakes and makes candies during the holidays. If that's you, then this will be a piece of cake... or candy in this case. If your the person who watches in amazement, well here's your chance to wow your friends and family.

Caution: This recipe contains nuts, pecans actually!
Another Caution: this recipe makes a gazillion!

P.S. This is my first Instructable so be constructive and nice.
 
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Here's what you need to make these wonderful little candies.

You'll need:
A blender or food processor to chop the pecans.
Double broiler or microwave safe dish to melt chocolate.
Wax Paper
Sharp knife, spatula, and a good strong spoon.
Cooling rack, helpful but optional.

For those who know a bit about cooking, I'll let you cheat. Here's the recipe.

(Don't worry if this is meaningless to you, I'm going to walk you through this.)

Recipe:
Mix in a large bowl:
3 cups finely chopped pecans
1 pound sweetened coconut
1 box (1 pound) powdered sugar (4x or 10x, doesn't matter)
1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (has to be Eagle Brand!)
Mix well. Form into logs to cut or roll into ball to dip.
Melt 12 oz chocolate chips in a double broiler. Dip pieces and cool on wax paper.

Optional:
You can use different types of chocolate and add paraffin.
There's the basic recipe.

Now for anyone who's eyes glazed over at that part, on to the finer points...
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Melynn110428 days ago

Thanks for this! My mother ADORES coconut. This will be a nice gift for her when I go to visit next week. Presuming there are some left. :)

I made this wonderful candy for my kids and granddaughter for Easter I try to make all my candies a week before but i just had to taste it . This is one of the best recipes i have every made. You did an Excellent job with everything. All of the suggestions was good, but if you just follower this recipe I beleive everyone will find it absolutly wonderful Thank you

susieblu5 months ago
Really in depth and thorough instruction! Some lil funnies here! This is great for ppl thst are novices!!! I think u r a good teacher! ;-)
april.faure5 months ago

Okay, I am lazy. I am using chocolate almond bark. But this sounds super easy. I am going to make them egg shaped and decorate them for Easter. Almond bark melts perfectly in the microwave and is delicious. Just put it in a glass bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir. If it is not melted, return to microwave 15 seconds at a time. It burns easily, so if it is almost melted, just stir it until completely melted.

april.faure5 months ago

Okay, I am lazy. I am using chocolate almond bark. But this sounds super easy. I am going to make them egg shaped and decorate them for Easter. Almond bark melts perfectly in the microwave and is delicious. Just put it in a glass bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir. If it is not melted, return to microwave 15 seconds at a time. It burns easily, so if it is almost melted, just stir it until completely melted.

mnmama5 months ago

Sounds very yummy, and if you temper the chocolate, you needn't worry about adding wax. One little note (ex proof reader), you use a double boiler to melt chocolate, not a double bRoiler. :) You may wish to correct, or not. I was able to know what you meant. Nice, 'ible, and thanks for the treats!

My mom and I used to make mounds candies in little ball form. We never used sweetened condensed milk, we used cold mashed potatoes and powdered sugar. I don't remember the exact amounts used but they were soooo good. I don't like sweetened condensed milk, it has a funny taste. And why compare coconut to toe nails? Have any of you ever chewed on a toe nail to know that is what it tastes like? Cause that's just Naaaaasty! LOL

peads924701 year ago

My mom always made candy for the holidays and she always used paraffin, so did her mother; and, well, I'm not dead yet so I guess it didn't hurt me too badly. After all, I was the "official" taste tester. I still use it when I make candy too. I would suppose it would be a matter of choice. I think these look great and I've never thought of adding the ground nuts, which I will be doing the next time I make these!

earlj2 years ago
I've noticed that paraffin is used in many recipes here on the site. Because of its chemical composition and its potential effects on some people, paraffin is generally notr a recognized ingredient in chocolates (or other foods). It really won't hurt to leave it out.
lo_lo2 years ago
I am a bit concerned with the thought of people chewing on toenails. Please spend less time with your foot in your mouths & try finding an edible recipe instead?
if you don't mind, i have a few tips that may help a bit with this recipe.
1. i don't bother with the wax for my chocolates, but don't use real chocolate either. Many candy companies use what is called "compound" chocolate; its almost the same as the real thing, but uses palm kernel oil or another vegetable oil instead of cocoa butter. real chocolate has a richer flavor but is a real PITA to temper. not tempering it means the chocolate will have a matte finish and will melt when u touch it. compound is easier to work with and doesn't need to be tempered it doesn't waxy, sets shiny, and wont melt when touched. i use 2 lb blocks of "almond bark" found at walmart for about $3.00 each.
2. when melting the chocolate with a water pot and bowl, make sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of your bowl. the boiling water can scorch the chocolate. you don't even need it boiling... just hot and steamy.
3. be careful dipping frozen stuff in chocolate. the temperature shock can crack the chocolate as it cools. also... if you dab a small bit of the melted chocolate to your lower lip and it feels cool, its the right temp for dipping. too hot and the coat will be really thin with the excess pooling around them making a hard platter.
4. in lieu of milk (for those allergic to it) and sugar; honey, corn syrup, or a simple sugar/water syrup (soft ball stage) would bind the ingredients equally well.
mikeandre3 years ago
The best! Thanks for sharing!
twix3 years ago
Awesome recipe, thanks for sharing it! The directions were flawless and the candy delicious. Everyone we shared them with loved them too. Thanks again!
Donna19493 years ago
Won't crisco keep the chocolate from getting hard again?
Crisco is solid at room temperature, so once it cools it will set up again. It will make the chocolate a little softer, but it will indeed set up again!
Dr. P3 years ago
I've just finished! Your instructions are perfect. And now I have discovered the origin of the term "hot mess." Delicious, but a hot mess nevertheless! Thanks!
LaurieTX4 years ago
My mother-in-law used to make this for us at Christmas. She gave me the recipe before she passed away and I make it for my family now.

I put the mixture into a jelly roll pan and let it get cold. Then I cut it into squares, dip it into the chocolate/wax mixture using wooden skewers, and place it on wax paper.

Thanks for posting this!
noraj LaurieTX3 years ago
I'm sorry I don't know much about using the wax...In your candy you did not use the wax...Do you not use it with this kind of cho. This look great...I can't wait to make it.
KittyF4 years ago
I read somewhere, (online) that you don't want to heat the chocolate til it boils since it will not get hard again. only heat it gently til it is about 2/3 melted and turn it off and let it finish melting while you stir it so it won't overheat. then it should still harden as it cools.
cammy13456 years ago
Would you please tell me what "Sweetened Coconut " is (consists of ? ) as I'm in Australia and never heard of it. Thanks. They look very yummy :)
This stuff its just shredded coconut sweetened with sugar before drying.
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I don't think they even dry it. they sweeten the grated coconut and bag it in plastic and it's very moist.
dandrett4 years ago
This recipe is exactly what I was looking for. AAANNNDDD when I saw the Bulldogs mug I knew it was the perfect recipe for me! Go Dawgs!
cheezstake7 years ago
This looks like a nice recipe. While I love Mounds, my wife is allergic to coconut. Is there an alternative filler for this?
SpinWard (author)  cheezstake7 years ago
Hmmm, it's pretty much all coconut. I have a friend who says eating coconut is like chewing on toe nails. Thought y'all would appreciate that imagery. I'll have to think about it and ask my mom.
Don't get me wrong. This is a great instructable. It is just the coconut that I hate. The first Mounds I ever got, I spit it out and never bought one again. I love that image (coconut = toe nails.) Chew, chew, chew, nothing happens. It's like eating those old wax lips candies. Chew until all the sugar is gone and spit it out.

Makes a lot of sense to add Gulf Wax to the coconut because one is indigestible and the other is, indigestible. It makes for a pretty, shiny coating, right?

Now, for those coconut-less recipes....
why would (any of) you read a coconut recipe and then complain because it contains coconut??? why not just skip the recipe??? I am trying to be nice here but................................
Just what I was thinking. Thank you.
Oops. Apparently even though I started out with "Don't get me wrong...." you took it wrong.

Why would I write a reply? Because where I come from, it is a free country, with the right of free speech.

I read the recipe because it was entitled 'Easy, Homemade "Mounds" Candies.' The word coconut is not in the title or I wouldn't have looked at it at all. Forgive me for forgetting that "Mounds" is one of the few candies that I absolutely detest. Once here, the directions for dipping in chocolate were of interest, even if it did contain Gulf Wax (which is what I used to use to wax my surf board 30 years ago.) Then of course there was the image of coconuts = toe nails.) That was just too fabulous to resist.

And I repeat, now onward to those coconut-less recipes....
by seeing "mounds" in the title, you should've already realized that it would contain coconuts. that's... basically, the main ingredient to a mound candy.
agreed.
I often buy generic Eagle Brand sweetened and condensed milk - much cheaper. Did you get bad results with other brands than Eagle Brand?
Thanks. Dried coconut definitely is a lot like toenails.
Thanks cheezstake. See bebo1998? I am not the only one who makes the comparison of coconut = toe nails.
Is your wife allergic to socks? That way you can have the coconut experience with the toe taste. Mounds are my absolute favorite candy bar evaaaaaaaar
dj630104 years ago
I live in the Florida Keys and have a huge coconut palm in the yard. I've been trying to come up with a good use for all the coconuts I throw away. This might be a start. Mounds is my absolute favorite candy bar.
turrilynn4 years ago
Looks yummy-licious! Making me hungry...wonder if you can skip the nuts though?
Noah9724 years ago
Mmm! So easy! If only everyone knew this... Thanks for the great 'ible. I'll have to make some and tell you how they turn out.
Clayton H.4 years ago
As a note

From Wikipedia:
"Like Almond Joy, it consists of a coconut based center; however, it is enrobed with dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate and does not contain almonds."

So if you want to make actual mounds, skip the nuts and substitute the chocolate for dark chocolate. But you noted that this was a family recipe and so they are not mounds but "mound-esk"
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