Almond joy and Mounds were almost the definition of my perfect candy as a kid. Chocolate, coconut, and nuts all combined together into a harmonious symphony of sweet bliss upon my tongue. As many know, those three are some of my absolute favorite foods and with the fact that they combine together, things just get better from there.
Well when I lived in Hawaii, almost every store had chocolate-covered macadamia nuts and of course some of them were coated or filled with coconut. I don't need either one of those! Who would even want a commercial peice of crap when you can create something that tastes a hundred times better?!
Raw Chocolate - Macadamia Mounds
Macadamia Dough Ingredients:
1 c. Macadamia Nuts
1/4 c. Almond Butter
1 c. Shredded Coconut
1/4 c. Honey/Agave
1 tbsp. Sea Salt (Himilayan Pink preferably)
-Combine all of your ingredients into a bowl and use a fork or your hands to combine everything.
-Put in the fridge while you prepare the chocolate.
1 c. Cacao Powder
1 c. Cacao/Coconut Oil(softened)
1/2 c. Honey/Agave
3/4 c. Shredded Coconut
-Mix the cacao powder, oil, and honey or agave together in a small bowl.
-Take your macadamia dough and dip them each into the chocolate, coating them.
-Put them back into the freezer for a few minutes, or just until the chocolate hardens.
-Take them out and dip them into the chocolate. Then, dip them into the coconut. Continue this step until all of your coconut and chocolate are used up.
-Freeze for about 5 minutes or until the chocolate hardens.
I am actually really proud of myself for these. I even took them to school, and the people I see usually eating vending machine crap claimed it as the best candy they've ever had! They tasted rich, chocolatey, and absolutley delicious! I like using macadamia nuts over most others due to the fact that they taste really really good!
They are also one of the most beautifying nuts on the planet. They contain a large quantity of oleic acid in their fats cells which is the absolute best fat for skin. Cacao and coconut also contain these acids in their fat, making this sweet and delicious food incredibly rich in beautifying oils. Just look at any cosmetic products, and you will most likely see cacao or coco (coconut) oil in them for that exact reason.
If you havnt heard through my Twitter account yet, i will be working on a HUGE project for Halloween as a big finally for Vegan Mofo. This is the biggest project i've ever done, and may just be the biggest raw dessert i've ever seen!
Whats your favorite old school candy? Do you have a vegan or raw version of it?
-Andrew D. Morrison-