Halloween is just a few weeks away. And sadly, it will be a much different Halloween this year. As you know, I just moved into my new house over the summer and it happens to be in the only neighborhood in Mammoth where trick-or-treating takes place. I was so looking forward Halloween this year – scaring kids and handing out candy – it’s literally what I do best, and now it’s canceled haha.
But, it does give me more time to make my own Halloween candy. And making your own Halloween candy can be a fun activity to do in lieu of your usual Halloween hobbies this year. It’s something your kids can get excited about and also help out with. And these homemade Mini Mounds Bars would make a great addition to a pumpkin carving party as well!
I love coconut more than anything, and Mounds bars were something I loved getting while I was tick-or-treating. So, I made my own with just five simple ingredients: coconut, butter, powdered sugar, coconut milk, and dark chocolate. I made them miniature because those are the kinds of candy you usually get while trick-or-treating. Get the recipe below for my homemade Mini Mounds Bars.
Mini Mounds Bars
Makes 15 bars
4 tablespoons (57 grams) organic salted butter, softened
142 grams (1 cup) organic powdered sugar, sifted
170 grams (2 cups) organic unsweetened fine shredded coconut
1/4 cup organic unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
8 ounces (226 grams) organic dark chocolate, chopped
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
To make the filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, coconut, and coconut milk. Mix on low until combined.
Using your hands, form little logs and place on the prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are firm.
To make the coating: Using a double boiler, add about 80% of the dark chocolate. Melt until it reaches 115°F on a chocolate thermometer. Remove from heat and add in the remaining dark chocolate and stir to combine completely. Allow the chocolate to come down to 90°F.
Drop each coconut log into the dark chocolate, and using a fork remove it so the excess chocolate can drip off. Place back on the baking sheet. Once all the logs have been dipped, put the baking sheet back in the freezer. We want to double dip them to get a thicker dark chocolate coating. Allow to sit in the freezer for about 10 minutes until the chocolate is hardened again, then repeat the process. Place back in the freezer for about 10 minutes and remove, then use the excess chocolate to drizzle on top.
Store in the fridge or freezer.
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