25 August 2011

Almond Joy Mountains


I was going to call these "Almond Joy Bites" but that doesn't exactly fit, does it? Almond Joy Mountains fits much better. They actually remind me of Mountain Bars (anyone remember those?)

I've been thinking of Halloween lately (thank you Michaels craft store for accosting me with fall items starting in July). Whenever I think of Halloween, I think of Almond Joy. You see, growing up I never liked coconut. At least I didn't think I did. You wouldn't have caught me within 10 feet of an Almond Joy candy bar.

Until last Halloween, that is.

For some reason last year I decided to try a mini Almond Joy. And it was love at first bite. I couldn't get enough. My daughter had gotten a whole bunch of them in her trick-or-treat bag and I ate them all. Myself. I couldn't get enough of them.

The funny part of the story is that my good friend Joann had the exact same experience on the same night. A few weeks later I happened to mention to her about my new infatuation and she laughed and told me she was now obsessed with them too. It was like we had a new angle to our friendship. We ate Almond Joys as often as we could. We bought them for each other and would buy them when we were together.

When Donsuemor contacted me and asked if I would consider making a recipe with one of their products and then write a post about it for their Dessert a Day campaign, I was intrigued. I went to their website to check out what they had to offer: French Almond Cakes, Mini Cakes, and Madeleines. They offer a variety of Madeleines: traditional, dipped, lemon zest, and chocolate.


As soon as I saw the chocolate madeleines, I immediately thought of Almond Joy. I'd been wanting to make Almond Joy bites for some time and knew these chocolate treats would be perfect for my recipe.

These chocolate coconut goodies are a breeze to make too.


They ended up a little larger than I had expected. They're small turtles, but they are so good. Every time I taste-tested one during (and after) making them, I was brought back to last Halloween and all my Almond Joy adventures since.


If you love Almond Joy as much as I do, you'll love these goodies. Go try some and start your own obsession!

{Oh...and if you still like me even after all the pestering, go HERE to vote for me!}


Almond Joy Mountains
Recipe by Crazy for Crust
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Ingredients:
30 Chocolate Madeleines
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 bag (14 ounces) sweetened coconut
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
30 whole almonds
3 bags (about 33 ounces) milk chocolate chips

Directions:
1.       Stir sweetened condensed milk, coconut, powdered sugar, and vanilla together in a large bowl. Mixture will be thick and sticky.
2.       Turn Madeleines upside down so that they lay somewhat steady. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the coconut mixture onto each madeleine. Add an almond to the top of each. Chill for 30 minutes.
3.       Melt your chocolate (work with one bag at a time and melt more as you need it). Place the coconut covered madeleines on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Scoop a spoonful of chocolate onto the top of the madeleine, covering as much of it as possible. If needed, help the chocolate to spread with an offset spatula.
4.       Chill until hardened (about 1 hour, depending on the heat in your house.)

Yield: 25-30 almond joy mountains.

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Fine print:
Donsuemor provided me with a box of madeleines in order for me to create and write this post. Donsuemor products can be purchased here. If you do not have access to chocolate madeleines, email me and I will give you substitution options.

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14 Comments:

At August 25, 2011 at 8:00 AM , Blogger Something Swanky said...

These are such a creative way to use those madeleines! Good work :) They look DELICIOUS.

 
At August 25, 2011 at 11:09 AM , Blogger Shannon said...

I was lucky enough to get to taste one. Definitely love at first bite! Delicious!

 
At August 25, 2011 at 1:13 PM , Blogger Cindy said...

I've always loved Almond Joy candy bars, I like coconut M&M's so I'm sure I will like these.

 
At August 25, 2011 at 3:15 PM , Blogger Jess said...

What a great idea! These look delicious, I am going to have to try them.

 
At August 25, 2011 at 6:22 PM , Blogger Jill said...

Oooooh myyyy. This is one of my favorite treats! I love Almond Joy but I don't love 1000 ingredients in one treat. I'm totally making this soon!! I'll go vote for you, too. Just because this looks so delicious. :)

 
At August 26, 2011 at 6:32 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

@Shannon
Ha! Thanks for being my taste tester! :)

 
At August 26, 2011 at 6:39 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

@Jill
Thank you for your vote! And for you nice comment. I love how this recipe is SO simple, yet SO good. I can't wait to make the coconut mixture and eat it with a spoon. :)

 
At August 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM , Anonymous Joann said...

These are the best! Thank you for sharing them with me & for being my Almond Joy Sister. :) BTW, They are all I've been thinging about since I finished the batch you brought over. I may have to go get myself an almond joy to hold me over until I get another batch of these mountains. ;)

 
At August 30, 2011 at 10:50 PM , Anonymous formatie nunta said...

In my opinion this looks like a delicious recipe and i think that it is not so difficult so i will try it very soon. I will post again after i will try it, thanks for sharing.

 
At August 31, 2011 at 6:50 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

@formatie nunta
Let me know what you think! If you need a substitution for the madelleines, just let me know and I can give you some ideas. Thanks for reading!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 10:40 AM , Anonymous Eve @Beautiful Spit Up said...

Wow these sound awesome! I'm all over these. I love me some Almond Joys! I'm loving being part of Dessert a Day, there are such great blogs out there. Glad to have found you!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 11:17 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

@Eve @Beautiful Spit Up
Thanks Eve! :)

 
At October 5, 2011 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Lexiquin said...

oh, my goodness--I would love these! Thanks for sharing the great recipe!

 
At October 5, 2011 at 5:11 PM , Blogger Shannon said...

My stomach is growling looking at the pictures! Yummy!

 

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