Almond Joy is a candy bar with a sweet shredded-coconut center, covered with milk chocolate. With an almond atop each piece, under the chocolate. The individual pieces are (in most versions) about .8 ounces each. And the most common package contains two of those pieces.
Introduced in 1946 by the Winjamy Candy Manufacturing Company, it's currently made by Hershey's.
It has a sibling, Mounds, which differs mainly in having dark rather than milk chocolate and in lacking the almonds. As a 1970's advertising jingle put it, "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't."
Looking for something you can chew on for a while after the sugar and chocolate are all gone? The shredded coconut will solve that problem. Fiber. It pretty much never dissolves.
I like this bar's taste. And I like the crunchy almonds. All two of them. But from an enjoyment perspective, I have mixed feelings. Although I like the taste, I'm not personally that big a fan of chewing on shredded coconut. But that's just me. Nutritionally it's fine, and you may love it.
Ingredients and Nutrition
24 ingredients, Almond Joy has the most of any chocolate I've looked at
so far. Several are chemicals (PGPR, sodium metabisulfite and sulfur
dioxide). And two are hydrogenated or hydrolyzed.
From a nutritional perspective, I can't recommend eating these very often. To me the long and chemical-containing ingredients list is a warning flag. More importantly, I definitely agree with the Mayo Clinic that hydrogenated oil is something that should be avoided.
The calorie total for the two pieces is 220, with 110 of them (50%) from fat.
I paid $1.19 for this 1.61 ounce bar. For comparison purposes, that's $11.83 per pound. Just a little above average for popular chocolate bar pricing.
I'm giving this my personal score of 3.6 out of 5 stars for Overall Enjoyment, 2.0 for Nutrition, and 3.4 for Value. Keep in mind this is just my personal opinion. Your mileage may vary, and there's no accounting for taste.
Now you know what an Almond Joy is.
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"Peter Paul" was Peter Paul Halajian, a co-founder of the Winjamy Candy Manufacturing Company in 1919.