Almond Joy vs Mounds Candybar Comparison

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This post is created to help settle the great debate about the similarities and differences of Hershey’s made chocolate candy bars Almond Joy vs Mounds, enjoyed by the young and old alike. We trust that you will enjoy learning more about the two competing products as you read on. And if you’re old enough to remember the 1980’s commercial for these two sweet treats, their iconic jingle will stick in your head. You can thank us later.

Almond Joy vs. Mounds candy bar. Photo by CookThink.
Almond Joy Vs. Mounds. Photo by CookThink.

The Real Difference Between Almond Joy and Mounds

With so many different chocolate candies on the market today, there are bound to be some similarities. Thus is the case with Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars. The differences are described well in the tagline used in the 1980’s commercial by Hershey’s, “Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t”.  And I think the day the creators made my Almond Joy, they couldn’t decide whether they felt like a nut (see photo below). Oh dear! Almond Joy is the candy bar with two (or 1 as in my case) whole almonds placed on top of the coconut filling and Mounds is absent of any nuts. It simply includes the coconut filling covered in chocolate.

Almond Joy vs. Mounds candy bar. Photo by CookThink.
[and yes my Almond Joy was missing an almond!]

The Difference Is Largely About The Chocolate

Besides the comparison of one candy bar having nuts and the other one being without, the difference is largely about the chocolate. In the Almond Joy vs Mounds debate, Almond Joy is covered in milk chocolate, whereas Mounds is covered in dark chocolate. So if you like almonds and milk chocolate, Almond Joy will likely be your preference. But if nuts are out for you and dark chocolate is in, Mounds might be a favorite. Just try them and see.

Comparison Table Between Almond Joy and Mounds

Below is a comparison table created to show the similarities and differences of Almond Joy vs Mounds candy bars.

Almond JoyMounds
Chocolate FlavorMilk ChocolateDark Chocolate
Inside GoodiesWhole Almonds and CoconutCoconut
Gluten Free?YesYes
PackagingBlueRed
Created19461920
TaglineSometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’tIndescribably Delicious
ProductionInvented by Peter Halajian, now produced by Hershey’sInvented by Peter Halajian, now produced by Hershey’s

What is Almond Joy?

An Almond Joy candy bar is produced today by Hershey’s chocolates. It consists of sweet coconut filling and whole almonds on top of the coconut, and the whole thing is covered in smooth chocolate candy. Almond Joy is sold in a variety of sizes including regular, king size, snack size, or in multi-packs and can be found in grocery stores, convenience stores and most places that sell candy bars.

Almond Joy. Photo by CookThink.
Almond Joy. Photo by CookThink.

What is Mounds?

Mounds candy bars are made by Hershey’s Chocolate Company and consists of sweet coconut filling, wrapped in rich dark chocolate candy. Mounds is sold in a variety of sizes including king size which is 4 delicious pieces of Mounds candy, regular size which has 2 pieces inside the wrapper, and snack size which is 1 piece. Mounds candy bars are sold in grocery stores, convenience stores and most places that sell candy bars.

Mounds Candy Bar. Photo by CookThink.
Mounds Candy Bar. Photo by CookThink.

Almond Joy Vs. Mounds Appearance

On the outside there is not a whole lot of difference in appearance in the Almond Joy vs. Mounds. Both include a chocolate covered coconut filling. The chocolate coating appears to be silky, smooth like it was melted when it was poured over the pressed coconut and has now hardened.

The main differences on the outside of the Almond Joy vs. Mounds is that the Almond Joy has bumps where the Almonds are pressed into the coconut filling. And the colors of the chocolate are different. The Almond Joy’s chocolate covering is lighter in color and consists of milk chocolate.  The Mounds’ chocolate covering is darker in color when compared and is made from dark chocolate.

Now, let’s move to the inside of Almond Joy vs. Mounds. The main similarity is that they both use a sweetly shredded coconut filling. The coconut filling for both candy bars looks and tastes the same. It is assumed that they are identically produced as well. The only difference on the inside is the inclusion of almonds in the Almond Joy candy bar.

So, if you like coconut and chocolate, you’re in for a sweet treat! You can do a match up of Almond Joy vs. Mounds and choose your favorite. The main difference is the milk chocolate vs the dark chocolate and the inclusion of almonds in the Almond Joy. Which one is your favorite?

Ownership & History

In 1919 by a man named Peter Halajian started selling sweet treats door to door, later known as Peter Paul Chocolates. During World War II, there was a shortage of coconut and sugar, which caused Peter to focus and complete the creation of Mounds candy bar.

But it wasn’t until later in 1948 when the demand for chocolate led to the creation of the Almond Joy candy bar. And in 1988 Hershey’s Chocolate Company purchased the rights from Peter Paul as a part of its purchase of Cadbury Schweppes. This also allowed them to produce Almond Joy and Mounds. You will find the name Peter Paul still on the wrapper today, along with the fact that it’s distributed by Hershey’s.

Almond Joy vs. Mounds Candy bar wrapper showing Peter Paul. Photo by CookThink.
Almond Joy vs. Mounds Candy bar wrapper showing Peter Paul. Photo by CookThink.

Nutrition Facts

The following are the nutrition facts for a regular size Almond Joy candy bar that includes 2 nuggets in its package and a regular size Mounds candy bar that includes two candy bar nuggets. These nutrition facts are compared to the daily value (DV) for each one.

What is the Nutritional Value in an Almond Joy?

Almond Joy: Servings: 1, Serving Size: 1 package (45g), Amount Per Serving: Calories 220, Total Fat 13g (17% DV), Saturated Fat 8g (40% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol. 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 50mg (2% DV), Total Carbohydrate 2g (9% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (7% DV), Total Sugars 21g (Includes 19g Added Sugars, 38% DV), Protein 2g, Vitamin D (0%. DV), Calcium (2% DV), Iron (6% DV), Potassium (2% DV).
Source: my Almond Joy candy bar wrapper.

What is the Nutritional Value in a Mounds?

Mounds: Servings: 1, Serving size: 1 package (49 grams), Amount Per Serving: Calories 230, Total Fat 13g (17% DV), Saturated Fat 10g. (51% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 55mg (2% DV), Total Carbohydrate 29g (10% DV), dietary Fiber 3g,  10% DV), Total Sugars 21g (Includes 20g Added Sugars, 41% DV), Protein 2g, Vitamin D (0% DV), Calcium (0% DV), Iron (10% DV), Potassium (2% DV).
Source: my Mounds candy bar wrapper.

Ingredients

Almond Joy: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Coconut, Almonds, Vegetable Oil (Palm Oil, shea Oil, Sunflower Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Safflower Oil) Chocolate, Skim Milk, Lactose (Milk), Cocoa, Whey (Milk), Salt, Lecithin (Soy), Milk Fat, PGPR, Cocoa Butter, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Sodium Metabisulfite (to maintain freshness), Vanillin (artificial flavoring).
Contains: almonds, coconut, milk, soy.
Source: my Almond Joy candy bar wrapper.

Mounds: Corn Syrup, Semi-Sweet Chocolate (Chocolate: Sugar, Milk Fat, Lecithin (Soy), PGPR, Vanillin artificial flavor, Milk) Coconut: Sugar, Contains 2% or less of Salt, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Sodium Metabisulfite to maintain freshness.
Allergy information: manufactured on the same equipment that processes almonds. Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts. 
Source: my Mounds candy bar wrapper.


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