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.
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  1. WOW! I think I need these with my morning coffee, my friend. Vanilla nugget fan here…And, I wait on pins and needles for the peanut butter version, mkay? :)
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  2. You’re right! I’ve never heard of these little nuggets of goodness before but they look to die forrrr
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  3. I live on the east coast and have never heard of these. I should definitely try them though, they sound delicious! I’m very much looking forward the peanut butter version since we buy peanut butter in bulk in this house :)
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  4. I just found out a week ago that no one knows what Almond Roca is over here in NYC. I almost slapped my fiance in the mouth when I asked him if we could get some and he gave me a blank stare. Flabbergasted! I miss having Almond Roca on cookie trays at Christmas and Mountain Bars at gas stations. I’m homesick just thinking of the package with the mountain in the background. Going to make these soon! Thanks for posting!

    • Didn’t know what Almond Roca was? OMG that’s crazy! ;) I’m glad to have brought you a memory of home!

    • What a great memory! We used to stop at that little store when we visited my grandparents in Olympia….and we bought lots (boxes of them) of the mountain bar “seconds”. You’re right, you could buy any of their candy in bulk. I also found when I moved to Minnesota, that nobody knew what Almond Roca was…poor deprived people!! Now I make lots of it at Christmas for everyone here, and they LOVE it! Remember the slogan, Brown and Haley- makes em daily! I also liked the cherry ones, but the plain vanilla are the best. Can’t wait to try these! Thanks from my Mom too! Am going to try these today!

  5. Never heard of them, but your copy cat recipe looks YUMMY! I wish I could eat one right now!
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  6. I think I’d be happy to eat that filling with a spoon :) I love the Easter eggs (like Russell Stover ones) with different flavored fillings, and that’s what this reminds me of (Oh, how did I just think of Easter in January!)
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  7. Well, I have never heard of mountain Bars, but they look like a candy I would LOVE!
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  8. Just found your blog! These look great!

  9. I have never heard of mountain bars before but you are right, I definitely need these in my life!
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  10. I haven’t heard of Mountain Bars before, but I’ve never met a chocolate candy I don’t like. These look awesome, Dorothy!
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  11. Erin @ Making Memories says:

    I remember Mountain Bars. Oh man, trip down memory lane! The vanilla ones were my favorite! I can’t wait yo make these. Yeah! Thanks so much!
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  12. These sound wonderful! Whoa. Thanks.
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  13. I have never heard of Mountain Bars, but boy do I want to meet one! Vanilla nougat center, chocolate peanut topping…it all sounds awesome!!!
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  14. I have never heard of those, but I am in Canada, we never get the good treats here right? They sound yummy though.
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  15. These sound heavenly!! I haven’t heard of them, which is surprising – maybe I missed them in CO? We always had bear paws though, definitely a CO thing..Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try these!
    P.s. Thanks for sharing my link :)
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  16. I never heard of these before, but they look scrumptious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)
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  17. Everyone, these are as wonderful as they sound. Can you believe my surprise Christmas Eve when I opened my goodie can and found a bunch of them? I’m thinking…better than the originals. These creamy centers were very smooth and I remember the originals being a bit more “gritty”. YUM, YUM, YUM!
    Love, Mom

  18. How have I never heard of this candy before??? Well obviously I need to make some of these so I can find out what I was missing :) They look amazing!

  19. You had me at vanilla nougat. : )
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  20. I’m a native Oregonian and I remember Mountain Bars well. As a kid I had a serious addiction to Cherry Mountain Bars. Yum. Now I want one–or five. ;-)

  21. OH.MY.GOODNESS! I just bet I could eat a MOUNTAIN of these delicious bites of yum. ;-} Thanks so much for sharing. Pinning!!
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  22. Thanks for linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s! You know I never saw these when we lived there but boy I am going to try these. I bet they are way better than the original ones anyway!
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  23. I have never heard of these guys! Yummy!
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  24. Never heard of them, but definitely want to try! Thanks so much for linking up at Two-Cup Tuesday! See ya again next week!
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  25. What? I lived in Tacoma for 6 years and have never heard of them! But they sure look delicious!!!
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  26. When my mother was pregnant with me, she got a CRAVING for Mountain Bars. She had $2 in her pocket, and walked to the grocery store, a mile or two, bought all the mountain bars she could for the $2, and ate them all before she got home….

    Thank you for this recipe, it would make my mother laugh to make them for her.

  27. These look awesome. But the 100Grand. Off to see those next!
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  28. Wow, you have some crazy good recipes here. First time visitor. I have never heard of mountain bars but am excited to try this. Pinning them now.

  29. I’ve not heard of these, but boy oh boy they do sound delicious! Thanks for sharing!
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  30. Wow, I’ve never heard of these but they look like a million bucks–thanks!

  31. I have never heard of these (I’m in Australia) but they sound and look absolutely delish.. i will definatley
    be making these tomorrow.. there is no doubt my hubby and kids will love them.. if i don’t eat them
    all first.

  32. Am from PNW and always loved Mountain Bars, especially the cherry ones. Add a marachino cherry and some juice in the filling for a real show stopper. Thanks for the trip down memory lane Dorothy.

    • Thank you! I have to try making them now. :)

      • jann jones says:

        O.M.Gs, me, too!Born in the tri cities, Portland for evah, cherry Mountains are THE BEST!!!!! I cant thank/bless you enough!! I know what this girl is gonna be making!!! And Sandi for the cherry add, just what i was thinking!! Gee, i hope the filling survives…. Now I’ve gotta find a way to Tacoma.. Website, anyone?

  33. Dave In Reno says:

    I had forgotten all about these wonderful candy bars. In High School I had one or two every day, then they suddenly disappeared. Thanks for taking the time to experiment and come up with the copycat. I made a batch and they went like “hot cakes” at work. Looks like another batch is on the way.

  34. When I was traveling this past Dec and pre-Xmas, I was going to make Bounty Bars. Which are sort of like Mountain Bars. I never got around to it and then shelved the idea…and now, I want to make both of them. That center/filling – that is dreamy stuff Dorothy!
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  35. I have lived in Washington all of my life, and love Mountain bars. I have been to the little Brown @ Haley company in Tacoma a few times. I don’t know if you are aware of this or not, but many years ago, they also made chocolate filled mountain bars which were my very favorite. If you ever get or create the recipe for those,could you please e-mail the recipe to me? I would greatly appreciate it. In the mean time, can’t wait to try these ones!


    • OMG really??? CHOCOLATE ones? You have to tell me, was it just sweet chocolate truffle? Or milk chocolate? I have to recreate those!

      • Growing up, the choices were the original, which is the white center, chocolate, peanut butter and cherry. The chocolate was by far my favorite. It had the identical outside, and the center had the same consistency as the white, possibly a touch creamier, and of course a brown colored center.. Fabulous candy

        . I just noticed you have a Pinterest account. I will gladly follow you in hopes someday, you will come up with the recipe.

        Thanks for your quick response.
        Marie Moore

        • Melanie Cope says:

          Oh yes, Dorothy, CHOCOLATE!! LOL My mom was the vanilla Mountain Bar lover, but I always preferred the other flavors. It’s fun to introduce our local goodies to the masses, isn’t it?

          By-the-way, I love that I happened upon your blog awhile back. I really enjoy your chatter and the recipes are fun, too!!

  36. i live in Tacoma and saw that you missed the mountain bars. i i love them too. And if if you wanted I could send some to you if you wish. i enjoying reading your recipes. thank you

  37. Michelle B. says:

    Went in Walgreens yesterday and they had a HEAP of Mountain Bars in the front of the store. Of course, I DO live in Washington :)

  38. Have I told you that I LOVE you????

  39. Sharon Oakes says:

    Love your site

  40. What is Madeleine? Used in your almond joy

    • Madeleines are little french cakes (they look like little fans). You can use brownie bites instead (the store bought kind, from places like Costco or the grocery store) or you can make a pan of brownies, spread the coconut on, chill, slice, then do the chocolate dipping!

  41. Thanks so much for getting back to me. Could I make the almond joys without the brownies?

    • Yes! That should work, but you may need to add a some powdered sugar to get the texture right – not sticky but able to hold together. :)

      • Thanks so much for your advice.I will give it a try. What’s the worst I could do? Turn a great candy bar into a cow patty!!HMMM,cow patty may be a new discovery!!!

  42. Thank you for pinning this….I grew up in Tacoma, Wash. and I loved these…I will definitely try, but would love your pin of the peanut butter ones (those were my favorite) I live in Pa now and so miss them.

    • I need to make them! I’ve been saying for a year I’ll make them and I haven’t. Guess what’s going on my list this week??? :)

      • Hi! these are my dad’s favorite, was going to make some but he loves the cherry one’s–and brown and haley wants too much for shipping…do you know how i’d create these but cherry?


        • I’ve never eaten the cherry ones. Is there a whole cherry in it? If so, this recipe might be good: If it’s just the flavor, you might try adding some maraschino cherry juice to the vanilla mixture in my recipe, and adding more powdered sugar to get the right consistency (to offset the extra liquid). Let me know if you try it, and what works!!

          • I tried! just replaced your vanilla extract with 1/2 teaspoon of cherry extract, then poured a few teaspoons of maraschino cherry juice for color and flavor, turned out just like the cherry ones!

          • YES! That’s SO awesome Addie! I’ll have to try that. I just made the PB ones for Christmas…on the blog in Jan!

  43. omg!!! peanut butter mountain bars!! we used to have to sell these and almond roca when i lived in Spanaway,WA in elementary school! forget about going around the neighborhood–i’d have mom and dad buy the box of them!!! i can’t wait to try these…but how do i change the recipe to make the peanut butter ones?? thanks for posting and taking me back to my childhood! :)

  44. 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!

  45. Julia McKinnis says:

    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!

  46. Julia McKinnis says:

    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.


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