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Jan 06

Mountain Bars

Mountain Bars

Chances are, unless you live in Washington state, you have no clue what a Mountain Bar is. Let me enlighten you!

Mountain Bars are made by a company you may have heard of, Brown & Haley. They make that little candy bar called Almond Roca. They used to sell Mountain Bars all over the place (at least in California), but I haven’t seen them in years. My mom loved them when I was a kid, and I always remember the little blue wrappers in her candy stash.

I had an uncle who lived in Tacoma, just outside Seattle, where Brown & Haley is. They have this little teeny store under a freeway overpass where you can buy their candy in bulk. My uncle would come stay with us for two weeks every summer and he would always have a case of Mountain Bars (that is a lot of candy!) in his luggage along with his “borrowed” hotel towels. I would eat handfuls and handfuls of Mountain Bars, until I was sick from them.


Mountain Bars

A mountain bar is a candy bar that looks like a mountain. The outside shell was milk chocolate  with finely chopped peanuts and the inside was pure sugary vanilla heaven. Almost like a vanilla nougat, but a little smoother.

I have been wanting to make Mountain Bars for my mom forever. This Christmas I decided to give it a go, and I’m so glad I did. These are really easy to make, even though they have a few steps.

The center is a candy made of butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. It’s really a soft nougat that I could have eaten with a spoon.

And then it’s dredged in chocolate mixed with peanuts. Could there be anything better?

Even if you’ve never heard of a Mountain Bar before, you need these in your life. Or, if you’re lucky and live in Tacoma, drive down to that little offramp and get a box for me, mmkay?

Mountain Bars

Oh, and they make a peanut butter version of Mountain Bar too. Stand by…

Mountain Bars

Mountain Bars


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste (or extract)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk (from a 14 ounce can)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 bag chocolate melts or almond bark (12 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped peanuts


  1. Beat butter, vanilla, salt, and sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl with an electric or hand mixer. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until mixture comes together. You should be able to form balls of candy that hold together.
  2. Drop tablespoon sized balls (rolled) onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill until ready to use, at least 30 minutes.
  3. When ready to make candy, line a new cookie sheet with wax paper. Melt your chocolate according to package directions. If it’s cold in your kitchen, it might be helpful to line an electric griddle with an old kitchen towel on low heat (about 200 degrees) and place the bowl of melted candy on top. It keeps the candy warm for you.
  4. Place 1 teaspoon of chocolate evenly spaced on the prepared cookie sheet, one for each ball of candy you made. Spread it slightly. Place a rolled ball of candy in the center of each teaspoon of chocolate.
  5. Mix the chopped peanuts into the remaining chocolate. Cover each ball of candy with 1-2 teaspoons of peanutty chocolate. Use your spoon to spread it so that the chocolate top meets the bottom under the ball, to seal. Chill to harden.

Like Candy Recipes? Check out my Candy Pinboard or these sweet copycat treats:

100 Grand Fudge

100 Grand Fudge

Almond Joy Mountains

Almond Joy Mountains

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Biscoff KitKats by The Domestic Rebel
BoBerry Biscuits Copycat by Something Swanky

Thanks for reading!

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119 comments on “Mountain Bars

  1. Hi Dorothy! I made these AMAZING candies for Christmas this year, and they were a huge hit with my family! No one could believe I made them myself because they looked so professional! My Grandma is my toughest critic (the type of lady that will tell you if it tastes/looks like crap) and she LOVED them! In Canada, where I’m from, we have a chocolate store called Laura Secord, which has been around for eons, and my Grandma said my chocolates were 100% better! Thanks for the amazing recipes! I’m addicted to your site!
    All the best for the new year!

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  4. These both sound super. My favorite flavor was always the cherry. Feel like pounding that one out into an awesome recipe? Love your blog!

    • A blog reader added some maraschino cherry juice to the mixture to make them cherry. I’ll have to give it a go! I’ve never had the cherry ones: was there an actual cherry in there or just the flavor? And did they still have the peanuts in the chocolate? Let me know and I’ll try a copycat!

  5. Thank you for contacting regarding my post. The cherry mountain bars did have nuts in the top layer ofchocolate. The inside was a bit softer than the originals, had cherry flavor and chunks, and was pink. I am anxious to see your fantastic results! Thanks again.

  6. I have lived in Tacoma all my life and really appreciate this recipe! It was great to see this post. I guess we all take these little things for granted until someone makes us realize we shouldn’t. Btw .. I follow you and love all your recipes!

  7.  What about the pink one’s ( cherry) I like them I had to stop on my way home from work in buy 2 and no they didn’t make it home.  Yes, I live in  Washington State. Thank you I will be making some of these Need to check out the store in Tacoma never been there ,but always hear nice things.

    • Those are on my list to try and make this year. I’ve never had one – my mom never liked cherry so we never got them. I’m actually going to be in Seattle this weekend and I’m begging my husband to stop at the store if we have time. :)

  8. I’m from Oregon and how I miss mountain bars …ran across this recipe and this is a must make right now ..thank you for posting favorite childhood candy.

  9. My husband and I were at a little store yesterday and saw the cherry flavored ones.  The texture inside was runnier than they used to be, and the chocolate peanut mixture outside did not have as many peanuts as it used to.  We were a tiny bit disappointed, but they do still taste good.  It’s probably been 10 yrs since we have seen them and was excited to find them once again.

  10. My favorite flavor Mountain Bar is Cherry.  I can’t wait for you to come up with a Cherry copycat Mountain Bar recipe!

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