Junk Food Sunday: Almond Joy

Originally developed by Peter Paul Manufacturing Company in New Haven, Connecticut the Almond Joy was introduced in 1946 for 10 cents a bar. Now, Almond Joy is a tasty part of Hershey’s. Although Peter Paul as a company no longer exists, the name still appears on the wrapper as part of the bars’ brand names.

Almond Joys are candy bars with a coconut and almond filling, surrounded by a layer of chocolate for a yummy 230 calories each.

One of the baby boomer’s favorite candy bars the Almond Joy is one of the most long standing coconut candy items around.

The first product of the Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Company, established in 1919 in New Haven, Connecticut, was called "Konabar" and was a blend of coconut, fruits, nuts and chocolate. All products were made at night when air was coolest and sold fresh, door-to-door the following day.

 In 1920 the MOUNDS candy bar, sweetened coconut enrobed in dark chocolate, was introduced.

Variations of the Almond Joy were also made. 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.

Almond Joy holds a place in many American’s hearts because of a very popular advertising campaign in the 80s and their jingle that says, "sometimes you feel like a nut and sometimes you don’t" to distinguish between their two coconut bars. Even though that campaign is long gone, the phrase "sometimes you feel like a nut" still knocks around as a cultural reference.

Recipes:
Make Almond Joy’s at home
Almond Joy Cake
Almond Joy Cheese Cake
Almond Joy Martini

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