|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||4%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||10%|
|Total Carbohydrate 36g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 30g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The combination of chocolate and coconut has long been a favorite indulgence. The mounds bar recipe is a hot cocoa cocktail that mimics one of the most famous candy bars to feature the duo and it does a fairly good job of it.
Essentially, all you need to do to make a mounds bar is spike a cup of hot chocolate with coconut rum. Though that's simple enough, you can make it even better by exploring variations on the two ingredients. For instance, while Malibu is a favorite coconut rum, you might want to try another brand, such as Bacardi, Captain Morgan, or Cruzan. RumHaven makes one from real coconut water that's delicious, too.
Once you've chosen the rum, it's time to decide which version of hot chocolate to make. A cocoa mix provides a quick option, but old-fashioned hot chocolate results in a richer chocolate base. No matter which you choose, have fun mixing up your mounds bar, then sit back and enjoy the sweet, luscious taste.
2 ounces coconut rum
6 ounces hot chocolate
Whipped cream, for garnish
Shredded coconut, for garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a heated mug or Irish coffee glass, pour the coconut rum.
Fill with hot chocolate, and stir well.
Top it with whipped cream and shredded coconut. Serve and enjoy.
- Warming up your mug helps the drink stays warm to the last sip and it takes just a little bit of extra time. One option is to fill the mug with hot water (from a teapot, for instance) while you make the cocoa. The other way is to heat the water-filled mug in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
- If you're going with the powdered cocoa option, mix that with hot milk or water separately. This ensures that it's completely dissolved before adding it to the rum.
How Strong Is a Mound Bar?
Most coconut rums are actually liqueurs because of added sweeteners and they're bottled at 70 proof. That starts the drink off just a touch lighter than the average rum cocktail. Though it will ultimately depend on how much cocoa you pour, you can expect the mounds bar to weigh in around 8 percent ABV (16 proof). That's right between beer and wine, so there's not much chance of getting drunk off one mug.
- Pour coconut vodka rather than rum. There are just a few brands that produce the flavor; one of the best is Cîroc Vodka, though New Amsterdam makes a nice one that's a little more reasonably priced.
- You can also use any unflavored rum you like, then add the coconut flavor with coconut milk (coconut cream works, too). For this version, stick with the 2 ounces of rum, add 1 ounce of coconut milk (more or less to taste), then fill the mug with cocoa.
- Using coconut milk instead of rum and skipping the liquor completely makes a delicious nonalcoholic mounds bar.
- If you want to really play with your drink, place a Mounds Bar in the cocoa and let it melt away, adding extra chocolate and coconut. (You may need a spoon to eat the coconut.) The idea is inspired by a fun Argentinian hot chocolate drink called el submarino in which a piece of dark chocolate is melted in warm milk as you drink.