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Homemade Mounds Bars Candy

Homemade Mounds Bars Candy – an old-fashioned homemade candy similar to the famous Mounds Bar. Add this one to your holiday cooking list.

This is one of those wonderful old recipes that so many people made years ago but today’s cooks don’t make it very often. It’s very much like the scrumptious old Magic Cookie Bars recipe and I’m gonna tell you right up front that this Mounds Bars Candy is not diet food.

Homemade Mounds Bars Candy in paper cups on a serving platter.

No, this is the complete opposite of diet food. It’s rich and buttery and chocolatey and all things good. But it’s not going to help you lose those last few pounds left on your diet goal sheet.

The original recipe called for this to be cut into bars the size of candy bars. I, however, cut mine into teeny tiny little squares because it’s so rich. A little 1×1 square of this works just fine for me! Hope you enjoy this little “blast from the past.”

How to Make Homemade Mounds Bars Candy

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare a graham cracker crust by mixing together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Pat evenly into a 9×13 pan. Bake for 7 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and pour over the sweetened condensed milk, spreading it evenly over the crust. Distribute the coconut evenly over the milk. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

While the cooked layers are cooling, make the frosting. Combine the sugar, milk and butter. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 seconds. Add the chocolate chips. Remove the pan from the heat and beat until the chips are completely melted, the frosting has cooled slightly and is a spreadable consistency.

Spread the frosting over the cooked layers to cover completely. Allow to cool completely in pan.

Cut into approximately 1″ x 1″ pieces.

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Homemade Mounds Bars Candy in paper cups on a serving platter.

Mounds Bars Candy

Homemade Mounds Bars Candy – an old-fashioned homemade candy similar to the famous Mounds Bar. Add this one to your holiday cooking list.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 100 pieces
Calories: 59kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 7 ounces sweetened coconut
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare a graham cracker crust by mixing together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Pat evenly into a 9×13 pan. Bake for 7 minutes.
  • Remove pan from the oven and pour over the sweetened condensed milk, spreading it evenly over the crust. Distribute the coconut evenly over the milk. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  • While the cooked layers are cooling, make the frosting. Combine the sugar, milk and butter. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 seconds. Add the chocolate chips. Remove the pan from the heat and beat until the chips are completely melted, the frosting has cooled slightly and is a spreadable consistency.
  • Spread the frosting over the cooked layers to cover completely. Allow to cool completely in pan.
  • Cut into approximately 1" x 1" pieces.

Notes

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 59kcal | Carbohydrates 9g | Protein 1g | Fat 3g | Saturated Fat 2g | Cholesterol 6mg | Sodium 28mg | Potassium 26mg | Fiber 1g | Sugar 7g | Vitamin A 62IU | Vitamin C 1mg | Calcium 14mg | Iron 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. I made this today with my kids. It was so much fun and it came out perfectly! They are so good and we plan to make them again for the holidays. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. It really pleases me to know that you made this recipe with your children, Mary! I’m so glad you all enjoyed it. We really like it, too.

  2. Vickie from Part Three says:

    These look so good. I love Mounds bars and am afraid I’d eat every one of these suckers if I made this. :)
    I love your pictures – the photos are my favorite thing about blogging.

    1. Thanks! This recipe actually makes about 100 pieces of candy so you’d probably want to find someone to share with :-)

  3. Love these – and so would my DIL! I’ll definitely be sending this to her! She the biggest coconut fan I know!

  4. Ha! I just this minute turned my computer on and what do I see in my mail? About 20 ish maybe even 30 ish, ( I lost count) alerts to new comments on your step by step photo question! You are one popular gal Lana!

    PS.. I think the yes side is winnin!!

  5. I love your step-by-step photos. thats what gives me the courage to try out your recepes. please dont stop the pics!!!!!

    1. Thanks for your input, Jean. I’m still carefully considering the direction I need to take with the photos.

  6. Oh..this recipe sounds great. I just love the step by step photos. It helps with a new recipe to make sure I am doing it correctly!

    1. Thanks, Jules. Appreciate the comment.

  7. Oh dear, Lana, I was NOT talking about your salt box or oil bottle! Your photos are always impeccable.

    1. LOL, Rocquie! I never thought you were talking about mine. He he.

  8. Lana, gonna make up a batch of these, ya know I love any thing of yesteryear, and these reminds me of just that…. guess I will probably eat most of them too and guess that means I will probably be wearing my one piece again this year…LOL… I know, we men folks just don’t have that to worry ’bout (maybe we should)…. and as for the pics, I say do what makes you smile, I know I like a basic pic or two with the recipe, and pics of steps if I don’t understand but then, if its that complicated for me, I probably won
    t understand anyway….

    1. Good luck eating this whole recipe, Drick! When I cut these out I usually get about 100 pieces. You’ll be needing to find somebody to share some of this candy with!

  9. Lana, I don’t really *need* your photos, at least not most of them, but I LOVE seeing them! Even the step-by-step photos that show your little dishes of ingredients, the various cooking steps … I love ’em all. I ‘spose, though, that I’d survive with photos of just the finished product. Oh wait — and also a photo of the initial round-up of ingredients. At the very least.

    But honestly, I love ALL the photos you post and have great admiration for your ability to do so.

    Thanks,
    Peg H.

    1. Thanks, Peg! I’m really grateful for all the comments I’m getting on this. Very helpful!

  10. The bars look sinful!!!! Bet they are delicious. Was talking to one of your followers the other day & Jay says that without the step by step, he could not have made the cheese pinwheels. Just saying.

    1. Hey Neena! Jay told me that on Facebook, too. Those little rolls are hard things to make!

  11. Hi Lana, I make that recipe for my husband from time to time and he loves it. Now, since you ask, I’ll say I think you offer a nice balance of photos with your posts. It is obvious that you have an excellent camera and your photos are good. In my opinion some food bloggers use entirely. too.many. pictures. And not necessarily very good ones. The photos I dislike most are the ones of the assembled ingredients, which are claimed to be “mise in place”. I really don’t care to see a bloggers greasy salt box or drippy oil bottle. In the end, it is your blog and you can choose how you want to present it. I will continue visiting either way.
    –Rocquie

    1. Hi Rocquie – I agree with you, I don’t get any value from the assembled ingredients, either. I generally know what they look like without a photo :-)

  12. Barbara | VinoLuciStyle says:

    I thought we were friends. These little devils could either solidify that or reverse it (it will be all your fault if I start a weekly Mounds making habit, you know?).

    As for pictures…it’s hard to find the perfect balance. Someone like myself? I like to see one or two of the finished product; the steps get in the way for me. Obviously others feel differently but every step? That’s Ree’s gig…doesn’t mean it has to be followed by others…or should be. I would illustrate more maybe if you do something where it might benefit the reader if it’s unique or more complicated but I think we all know what creamed butter and sugar look like!

    1. Yes, it’s hard to find a balance. I also dislike blogs where every step is shown in a separate photo and that’s why I do the collages of several steps with many of my recipes. For one thing, I want to keep the page loading time as short as possible and secondly I don’t want readers to have to scroll through 50 different pictures of me stirring a bowl :-)

  13. OMG! – nuff said :)

  14. Oh and PS.. If you had a cookbook, with the same type of recipes as your website, I’d be first in line to buy it!!

    1. LOL! Maybe I’ll publish one when I retire.

  15. Oh I vote to keep your step by step please. I’m a visual person when it comes to recipes, and often times will pass a recipe up if theres no photos or pictorial explainations on how it was made. Same with my gazillion cookbooks. My books with photos of the finished dish & how to photos, even a couple, get used a lot. My cookbooks with nothing but printing gather a lot of dust instead.

    I love your recipes & your step by step photos. You’re a lot like pioneer woman in the way you post recipes. PW had some people object to her step by steps, saying they weren’t really needed, but look where those step by step photos got her, a cookbook with the same step by steps that sold like crazy! Theres so many new young cooks out there who don’t have a clue how to make a thing. Finding a recipe like yours with step by step photos on how to make it, is a godsend to those young cooks. I vote keep your recipes the same Lana, you do it so well and they are so appreciated!

    1. Thank you, Jocelyn! This is something I’m really thinking about and listening carefully to comments on the subject. Really appreciate your input!

  16. It’s hard to pick but if I had to pick, Mounds would be my favorite candy bar. I love coconut and chocolate.
    As far as pictures, I don’t mind a few, I actually enjoy a few of the process, but I don’t like every single step. I’ve seen enough mixing bowls creaming butter and adding sugar. Just my humble opinion. ;)

    1. I hear ya, Megan. I’m thinking fewer photos and those only of the most important or difficult steps.

  17. YES on the photos, love ’em! And I really love that a photo shows up in the email as well… I get another daily post like this, and no photo in the email, and only the finished result photo on the blog. The only thing I like better about hers is the nutritional information she provides :)

    Thanks for these great recipes.

    1. Hi deecee. Thanks for your comment on the photos. Still trying to decide whether to continue with them.

  18. Renee (Kudos Kitchen) says:

    What a great recipe Lana! I can’t wait to try these myself. I’m a coconut lover and mounds bars are my favorite! In response to your question regarding photos: I love photos. Sometimes they’re my favorite part about a post and I think yours are teriffic!

    1. Well, thanks Renee! I’m still learning to be a better photographer. It’s not a natural talent for me :-)

  19. claudia lamascolo says:

    omg these are fabulous!

  20. I LOVE your step by step photos. They help me be sure I’m doing it right!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Jessica. And glad the photos are helpful for you!

  21. Cookin' Canuck says:

    These sound so good, Lana. Chocolate and coconut are a match made in food heaven.

    1. So right, Dara! One of my favorite combinations for sure.