Is Almond Joy one of the best candy bars?
Time for coconut! Just based on the ingredients alone, what’s not to love about an Almond Joy? It’s milk chocolate, sweetened, shredded coconut, and whole almonds. You get the sweet, the creamy, and the crunch all in one bar.
Chocolate and coconut may not be as popular or as well-known as chocolate and caramel or chocolate and peanut butter, but it is just as delicious. The sweet, crisp freshness of the coconut feels like it was made to be covered in rich milk chocolate.
The hint of bitterness that chocolate has (yes, even milk chocolate) cuts the sweetness of the coconut and makes it oh so good!
While I was not a coconut fan as a kid and openly despised this bar anytime my dad was eating one, I have grown and changed my ways and now love it.
The almond-coconut candy bar was first made in 1946 by the Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Company, a company that was created by Armenian immigrants in 1919. The company was acquired by Cadbury and then the rights to the Almond Joy were eventually sold to Hershey’s who makes it today.
It was created as a replacement for the Dream Bar which had similar ingredients but had diced coconut instead of shredded. Why they changed it is unclear, but if the sales (46.5 million in 2017) and the love for the Almond Joy are any indications, it was clearly the right choice.