Fourth of July Mounds Bars

Jul 02 2012
Fourth of July Mounds Bars
20 minutes
30 minutes
Hard
20

Mounds Bars. You either love 'em or hate 'em.

I happen to love these coconut candy treats. But then again, I don't think there is a sweet I don't love! 
I have only seen one recipe for homemade mounds bars and it required 4 extra ingredients than the recipe I am about to give you. My recipe is very simple and ahemmm, if you haven't already noticed my mounds bars are red, white, and blue! And guess what?! They are not on Pinterest!
I love when I can say ..... FIRST!
These are so good. 
(Recipe at the bottom)
Ok let's get cooking. First you need to combine one bag of sweetened shredded coconut with 7 oz of condensed milk. Mix well.
Then you need to separate your mixture into 3 bowls. Put the same amount in each bowl and add red food coloring to one bowl and blue to the other. The white obviously stays as is. The blue only needed 2 drops but the red required more otherwise it looks pink. If you have food coloring gels these work very well.
Refrigerate all the mixtures for 1 hour. 
Remove your bowls from the refrigerator and start preparing your mounds on a lined baking sheet. I think it's best to use a Slat but if you do not have a slat, use wax paper. I did one color at a time then washed my hands and moved on to the next color so the colors did not bleed together.
My mounds are all about 2 inches long. It is OK if they look sloppy. You are going to shape them in the next step.
Now take a damp paper towel and form each mound into a nice rounded rectangle. If you have candy molds you can form the shape however you like. Refrigerate your mounds for 2 hours on the baking sheet.
Once your mounds are completely cold you need to melt your dark chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave. Now there are two ways to melt your chocolate. If you melt your chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals (stirring in between) like I normally tell you to do, your chocolate will be more soft and malleable; meaning, if you leave these mounds candies out all day, the chocolate will start to melt a bit and it will get all over your hands. If you want your chocolate to be hard (like when you buy a box of candy) you will need to temper your chocolate. This is an entirely different process that takes a whole lot longer. I didn't care about tempering this time because I left mine in the fridge and ate them today : ) 
Ok, so now that your chocolate is melted you will want to dip your mounds into the melted chocolate and place back on the tray. This is totally messy and there is no other way to do it. Refrigerate for another 2 hours.
(Tip: If you want your mounds bars to look smoother  you can dip them again and do a second coating of chocolate and then refrigerate once again. This is what I did.)

Fourth of July Mounds Bars
(Makes about 20 bars)

Ingredients
(1) 7 oz bag sweetened shredded coconut
7 oz sweetened condensed milk
(1) 12 oz bag dark chocolate chips
Food Coloring

Directions
1. Combine one 7 oz bag of sweetened shredded coconut with 7 oz of condensed milk. Mix well.

2. Separate your mixture into 3 different bowls. Put the same amount in each bowl and add red food coloring to one bowl and blue to the other. The white obviously stays as is. The blue will only need about 2 drops but the red will require more otherwise it will be pink. If you have food coloring gels these work well. Refrigerate all the mixtures for 1 hour. 

3. Remove your bowls from the refrigerator and start preparing 2 inch mounds on a lined baking sheet. I think it's best to use a Silpat but if you do not have a Silpat, use wax paper. I did one color at a time then washed my hands and moved on to the next color so the colors did not bleed together. 

4. Using a damp paper towel, cover your mounds and shape them with your hands. Refrigerate for another 2 hours.

5. Once your mounds are completely cold you need to melt your dark chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave. Now there are two ways to melt your chocolate. If you melt your chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals (stirring in between) like I normally tell you to do, your chocolate will be more soft and malleable; meaning, if you leave these mounds candies out all day, the chocolate will start to melt a bit and it will get all over your hands. If you want your chocolate to be hard (like when you buy a box of candy) you will need to temper your chocolate. Once your chocolate is melted you will want to dip your mounds into the melted chocolate and place back on the lined tray. This is totally messy and there is no other way to do it. Refrigerate for another 2 hours. 

Tip: If you want your mounds bars to look smoother  you can dip them again and do a second coating of chocolate and then refrigerate once again. This is what I did.
Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Wendy Irene said:
3 July, 2013 - 10:34
I love how creative you are! The red, white, and blue inside is awesome!!
Barbara Porritt said:
30 April, 2013 - 01:19
I would like to have the recipe. Thank You.
JessieJane said:
30 April, 2013 - 23:43
Hi Barbara - Just click "print" on the recipe box above : )
Daisy Lu said:
19 July, 2012 - 10:32
I was thinking of I Love Lucy when she made the chocolates...totally messy:) These were great. Thanks
JessieJane said:
19 July, 2012 - 21:35
Yes! Love that episode.
Alyssa said:
6 July, 2012 - 15:52
Just made these last night. AWESOME!!! I used milk chocolate instead of dark, so they're more of a Bounty bar (which we LOVE) than a Mounds. They are super easy and delicious!! I'll be adding these to my list of treats-to-make-because-I-love-ya. Thanks!!
JessieJane said:
9 July, 2012 - 10:27
So glad they worked! Thank you so much for posting! : )
Anonymous said:
4 July, 2012 - 15:39
They look delicious!!! My hips will definitely thank you lol
Joanniesprimitives said:
3 July, 2012 - 05:52
Mouth watering. I can't wait to make some of these.
PattyBelleitk said:
2 July, 2012 - 23:47
These are so festive. I love coconut. It really is one of my favorite treats. These look wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing.
SugarBlitz said:
2 July, 2012 - 23:45
Yummmmmm! So pretty.
Anonymous said:
2 July, 2012 - 23:45
These are amazing!
Toya said:
2 July, 2012 - 20:13
These look awesome! Can't wait to make them.