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Inspired by the candy bar.

You know… the one with the coconut center topped with almonds and milk chocolate. The one with the famous ads: “Sometimes you feel like a nut… sometimes you don’t! Almond Joy’s got nuts… Mounds don’t!” Almond Joy and Mounds were two similar candy bars (one with almonds, one without) that were advertised together and made famous by each other by a company that no longer exists… Peter Paul.

Peter Paul was started by Peter Paul Halajian in the early 20th century. The Almond Joy bar was introduced in 1946 and was a perfect fit to the post WWII era so heavily influenced by Polynesian and Tiki Pop culture. One bite took you away to the islands. One bite was an escape.

As time went on, Peter Paul merged with Cadbury and later Hershey. Hershey eventually began producing variations of the product in it’s true spirit and tried to take us away to the islands with limited edition versions such as the PiƱa Colada and Double Chocolate Almond Joy in 2004, a limited edition White Chocolate Key Lime and Milk Chocolate Passion Fruit Almond Joy in 2005, and a limited edition Toasted Coconut Almond Joy in 2006.

So, while not the typical cocktail you’d find here at the Tiki Bar Is Open as it it is a bit more contemporary in it’s roots… we bring you the best variation to this candy bar of all… a cocktail. Any cocktail influenced by a cool story like this and one that has a great flavor made with coconut flavored rum, creme de cacao, amaretto and heavy cream is a bound to be a great cocktail. One sip and you’ll be hooked as this cocktail takes you away to summertime childhood memories and island fantasies as the heavy cream smooths the sweetness and the alcohol while the coconut rum and liqueurs add the perfect flavors to emulate the famous Almond Joy candy bar. It has one of those great balances that is a true tribute to the art of mixology.

Here’s How to Make an Almond Joy Cocktail

Start with a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice and add:

  • 1oz of Coconut Rum
  • 1oz of Amaretto
  • 1oz of Creme de Cacao
  • 1oz of Heavy Cream
  • Shake it up and pour into a cocktail glass
  • Garnish with almonds, chocolate shavings or syrup and some mint if desired

Enjoy!

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