Last Updated on October 28, 2022 by Jim Edwards
Almond joy is a chocolate-coated coconut and almond candy bar crafted by Hershey’s candy company. It is made from shredded, sweetened coconut covered with almonds and milk chocolate. Hershey’s also manufactures Mounds Bar, which is similar to Almond Joy, but instead of being coated with milk chocolate, they are coated with dark chocolate. As far as the packaging goes, a mounds bar has a red color scheme, and an almond joy bar has a blue color scheme.
One bite from an Almond Joy candy bar, and you will get lost in the bliss of eating it. In fact, despite containing whole almonds, the candy bar will melt in your mouth with every bite you take. It also feels like the bar will fall apart in your hand, as its chocolate coating melts quickly once taken out of its packaging.
As far as the taste goes, this candy bar has mild coconut notes with a hint of milk chocolate to round off its flavor. The almonds give you a crunchy bite and bring firmness to the candy bar. Read on as we talk about the Almond Joy’s history and how it is a delectable treat for people who enjoy coconut and chocolate together!
Tip: A lot of people, including myself, like to buy a case of them and store them in the freezer and this brings out the coconut flavor even more and prevents them from melting!
History of Almond Joy
The Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Company first manufactured the Almond Joy candy to replace the Dreams Bar in 1946. One of the company’s employees, Anna Z. Ranaudo, selected this candy bar’s name.
The company was originally started by Armenian immigrants Max Freedman and Peter Paul Halajian in 1919. But, in 1929, the company acquired the Mounds candy bar line from candy maker Vincent Nitido of Haven, Connecticut. The mounds candy bar become popular with American soldiers during World War 2. It was similar to an Almond Joy candy bar but was dipped in dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.
In 1978, the Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Company signed a merger with British company Cadbury-Schweppes. Later on, the US-based company Hershey’s spent 300 million dollars to purchase the US rights to Paul Peter’s chocolate business in 1988. The rights included the York Peppermint Pattie, Mounds, and Almond Joy Brands.
The Almond Joy Candy bar was manufactured in Naugatuck, Connecticut, USA, for around 20 years. However, in 2007, the manufacturing process was moved to Stuarts Draft, Virginia, to a more modern manufacturing plant.
Flavor Variations of Almond Joy
In the mid-2000s, Hershey’s began experimenting with different flavor variations of Almond Joy. In 2006 they started manufacturing Toasted Coconut Almond Joy. Previously, in 2005, they had come out with Milk Chocolate Passion Fruit and White Chocolate Key Lime flavors, and in 2004, they started selling Double Chocolate and Pina Colada flavor variations.
The Almond Joy candy bar also comes in a variety of sizes. The standard packaging consists of 2 pieces of almondy joys. However, you can also purchase Almond Joy miniatures, Snack Sized Almond Joy, and King Sized Almon Joy.
Almond Joy Ingredients and Nutritional Facts
The Almond Joy candy bar contains almonds, sugar, coconut, nonfat milk, milk fat, lactose, cocoa butter, milk chocolate, and corn syrup. It also contains less than 2 percent caramel color, sodium metabisulfite, sulfur dioxide(to maintain freshness), soy lecithin, chocolate, natural and artificial flavoring, salt, cocoa, whey, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.
The nutritional facts for a 49-gram almond joy bar are listed below
|One package of 1.76 oz (49g)
|% Daily Value*
|Amount Per Serving
|Calories from Fat
The percent values are based on a diet consisting of 2000 calories. The percentage DV (daily value) shows us the measure of nutrients in a serving that contributes to our daily diet.
Almond Joy – Candy & Snack Review
ALMOND JOY Candy is a gluten-free food defined by the Food and Drug Administration. Perfect for stocking your pantry with an assortment of any-time treats.
This pretty much sums up everything you need to know about the delicious Almond Joy candy bar. If you haven’t tried out this delectable candy bar before, you are undoubtedly missing out on a yummy treat. If you’re already a fan of this candy bar, you know what an excellent treat it is!
Almond Joy – Frequently Asked Questions
Who invented Almond Joy?
The Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Company invented Almond Joy in 1946.
How many calories are in an Almond Joy Mini?
There are approximately 90 calories in an Almond Joy Mini.
Who makes/owns Almond Joy?
Hershey’s owns the rights for almond joy and makes this candy bar in the US.
How many calories are in an Almond Joy?
The standard-sized Almond Joy contains 234.7 calories.
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