Almond Joy Is In Denial About Its Almond Usage

We’ll admit that it would look a little sad to advertise a single lonely almond on the wrapper of the .6 oz Almond Joy. But printing “Coconut & Almonds” on the front, including an illustration of two almonds next to the text, and then referencing “almonds” in the ingredients list, looks a little misleading when you open the package and see one lonely nut lump on your candy. (Thanks to James!)


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  1. ZackHoagie says:

    It looks like it realised it’s part of a terrible candy bar and now is trying to escape.

  2. wgrune says:

    They used to have two in each piece. Has the grocery shrink ray hit these too?

  3. R3PUBLIC0N says:

    Eets not a toomah

  4. maneki neko says:

    Hey, usually there are two of those little bars in a package, so the plural of almond is correct, technically.

  5. cmdrsass says:

    Fun fact: Every Almond Joy label is printed with the number for your local poison control center.

  6. incognit000 says:

    It’s called “Almond” joy not “Almonds” Joy. Almonds Joy is reserved for fifth level party members or higher only.

  7. MercuryPDX says:

    @wgrune: Yeah, you’re not hallucinating. I used to eat them in two bites, ensuring an equal amount of almond/coconutty goodness in each. I think only the Bite-Sized (Halloween) version just had one.

  8. ratnerstar says:

    Mr. T’s gonna be pissed when he finds out that you didn’t actually get some nuts.

  9. iMe2 says:

    Give Consumerist a Pulitzer already.

  10. Do they use whole almonds? If they use chopped and whole, than the plural is correct.

  11. They have only had one almond per piece for a long time.

  12. homerjay says:

    “But you let in Homer Glumplich!”
    “It says ‘No HomERS.’ We’re allowed to have one.”

  13. Almond Dissatisfaction?

  14. soup123 says:

    It’s a “Label Malfunction”

  15. SigmundTheSeaMonster says:

    Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t!
    Almond Joy’s got nut. Mounds don’t!

  16. ludwigk says:

    @MercuryPDX: @MonkeySeeMonkeyDo: Almost all fun sized candy bars have shrunk in the past decade, although I have no concrete idea of when. My friends and I enthusiastically picked up tons of candy to hand out to kids for the past two halloweens. We got (of the top of my head) twix, snickers, milky way, butterfinger, almond joy, york patties, kitkat, and almost all of them were smaller than when we were younger (i.e. college days 10 years ago). Twix used to be a bit longer, snicker’s bar has lost a considerable amount of girth (instead of being a short full-sized bar, they were a long ‘snack sized’ square), kitkat sticks used to be equivalent of 2 full-sized sticks, but is now about 30% shorter, almond joy bar was smaller and only contained one almond. Trick-or-Treaters are getting SCREWED with the new “fun” sized bars.

    We decided if this trend continued, we’d have to switch to full size bars from costco. It’s the only fair thing to do.

  17. Dervish says:

    @homerjay: Kids can be so cruel…

    It’d be interesting to compare a newer label to an older one and see if the almond(s) change places in the ingredient listing. Or maybe this is just a fluke – an almond joy that wants to be a mounds?

  18. Puck says:

    Maybe the other one was cancerous and had to be removed

  19. RunawayJim says:

    I don’t remember more than 1 nut per bar ever. In the regular sized package, there are 2 bars, each with their own nut, but never can I remember a time when there were 2 nuts per bar.

    NOTE: the bar is the individual piece of candy, not the whole content of the wrapper.

  20. bobpence says:

    One nut is perfectly acceptable. There should be no requirement for two nuts when one will do the job. There is nothing wrong with only having one nut. On a candy bar, I mean, obviously. Not talkin’ ’bout anything else.


    Even if it means all my kids will be conservative.

  21. simplegreen says:

    admit it, you just wanted to write “nut lump” didnt you

  22. pixiegirl1 says:

    Yes but you have two pieces, each of which has one whole almond in it there for you are getting more than one almond.

  23. WiglyWorm must cease and decist says:

    Add one more to the list: “Almond Joy’s got nuts. Mounds don’t…”

    Of course, in their defence:

    Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.

    Hmmm… this could go either way. But seriously… one nut? WTF…

  24. Puck says:

    Oh and if anyone is really that upset about only having one nut to put in your mouth, alright i’ll just stop there.

  25. RandomHookup says:

    one lonely nut lump

    That was actually my ex’s pet name for me. *sniff*

  26. Nayrlladnar says:

    I want to trick or treat at ludwigk’s house.

  27. gmoney says:

    why does Mounds have dark chocolate and Almond Joy not? I’ve never totally understood that.

  28. moore850 says:

    They used to have 2 almonds when I ate them as a kid — not that long ago. Pretty soon they’ll be down to just making “mounds” in two different colored wrappers!

  29. cmdrsass says:

    @Puck: nominated for post of the week.

  30. madanthony says:


    Assuming that they really do have a poison control number, it’s probably because some people are highly allergic to nuts.

  31. MyPetFly says:


    THANK you! Finally someone gets it…

  32. AlexPDL says:

    Hmmmmm on the other hand…. don’t their ads say “sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t” ??? So they really meant it “a nut” ? :-)

  33. TCameron says:

    @iMe2: I 2nd that.

  34. darkrose says:

    With all that’s wrong with the world, people starving, terrorism, staring in the face of a global economic collapse due to energy prices, etc, I’m sure there’s something to talk about other than the almond count in crappy candy bars.


  35. jetpack says:

    Good, i don’t like the almond part anyway.

  36. Puck says:


    The almond is serious business.

  37. TechnoDestructo says:

    How many almonds is a .6 ounce Almond Joy SUPPOSED to have?

    Christ, it isn’t like they hand make them one at a time with magic and love. They DO use almondS.

    And it isn’t like not having the hazelnut in your Ferrero Rocher. This is about as cheap as chocolate comes…this shit happens. Sure, every fun-size chocolate bar could be visually inspected, but then you’re going to pay more.

    At least it was a food nut and not a fastener nut.

  38. SigmundTheSeaMonster says:

    Lance Armstrong Endorsed!

  39. @gmoney: You can have an almond, or you can have dark chocolate. Not both. These are the rules.

  40. MyPetFly says:


    It’s a result of the Blog Shrink Ray.

  41. Jabberkaty says:

    @simplegreen: Lonely nut lump. I can’t wait to call someone that… I’m gonna be giggling all day…

  42. bria says:

    Maybe that one almond is actually a mixture of several almonds ground together and made into a composite of one almond.

    I wouldn’t put it past them.

  43. dry-roasted-peanuts says:

    The ingredients listing is for the whole package. One package contains 2 of the bars.

    Even if the list was for an individual serving, that is listed as two bars. So, the plural is not a lie.

    The real story should be that a single serving (two bars) of Almond Joy contains 55% of your saturated fat content for a day.

  44. MeOhMy says:

    How did they get the nut(s) above the bar?

  45. dry-roasted-peanuts says:

    Aaaaaaaand, having just opened the reference package I got, each of the bars has two almonds on them. So, I’d say that single nut was probably a manufacturing error.

  46. bria says:

    That’s because of the coconut… but there’s been a lot of research that suggests coconut’s fat isn’t as harmful as animal sources of saturated fat.

  47. ToddBradley says:

    It’s not a tumor.

  48. Zerkaboid says:

    @TechnoDestructo: I had a response just like this one typed up and thought I’d read the others first. He’s completely right, it’s a very tiny mistake, not a conspiracy. It happens, get over it.

  49. Marshfield says:

    Y’all know how they pick almonds, don’t you?

    When they’re ready to harvest, the spread a big tarp under the tree and then, with large clubs, beat the L out of it.

    I guess it works better spoken than typed…..

  50. Marshfield says:

    everyone buy one and check to see if each candy has one nut or two.

    After opening if you don’t want to eat them, send them to me. My wife loves ’em.

  51. cmdrsass says:

    @Marshfield: Actually, they use mechanical shakers. It’s a lot more efficient and easier on the tree.

  52. lalaland13 says:

    The Almond Joy might want to get that checked out, and wrap it up next time before it has its joy.

  53. HogwartsAlum says:


    I don’t know, but I love these things…I wish the Almond ones came in dark chocolate too.

    The best thing ever would be a dark chocolate Mars Bar. Mmmmmmm.

  54. dry-roasted-peanuts says:

    @bria: Hmmm, interesting. It’s still one of those things that kinda make your eyes bug out a bit.

  55. @simplegreen wrote:

    admit it, you just wanted to write “nut lump” didnt you

    Pretty much, yes. Especially after the Snickers post.

  56. JohnMc says:

    Might be right but its pretty weak. If you walk up to somebody at a party do you say “here have an almond” or do you say “here have some almonds.” Second the primary single serving retail pack is two bars on a sleeve wrapped. So yes Mildred there are almonds in the package.

    But I will agree that its down right stupid to take out 2 of the almonds in the package. They saved what? a penny?

  57. Nick1693 says:

    Dont forget the pic of TWO almonds under the “J” in “Almond Joy”

  58. bnosach says:

    We have to, at least, be thankful for the fact that those are real almonds, not just a candy full of preservatives and unnatural flavors that smells like almonds.

  59. @ludwigk: Why aren’t we investigating how fun sized candy bars are actually sad-sized candy bars.

  60. Phishy says:

    @Chris Walters: Walter, great article. Such an innocent observation. Hilarious when brought into the light.
    note: I love me some Almond Joys!

  61. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    @bnosach: Oh, way to go…now you’ve given them ideas!

    New! Almond Joy with laboratory synthesized almonds! @.@

  62. Metropolis says:

    For my entire life I have only seen a single almond per piece of candy. Also there are usually two or more pieces of candy that each contain a single almond. So, the fact they say almonds is comptelely legit. This post is stupid and useless.

  63. Eels says:

    I bet they used far less than half a coconut for the bar too, so they better replace the “O” with something else too while they’re at it.

    Was this post a joke?

  64. Dyscord says:

    I think this post has to be a joke…otherwise it’s just a slow news day. Almond Joy has two small bars in one package. Each bar has one nut, so you get two nuts per package. So therefore they are correct when they say that it contains almonds.

  65. typetive says:

    Okay, I was curious. So I went out yesterday and bought the Snack Pack size and the regular two bar single serving package.

    The Snack Pack size is smaller (.6 ounces) than a single serving bar (.8 ounces each) and has only one almond on it. However, the wrapper says “made with almonds” which I think is fair and accurate.

    I can document the solo almond in the Snack size back to 2005, so there’s no recent shrink ray activity.

    Full roundup with photo comparisons here:

    The verdict – the Snack Pack size is almost always a better value, ounce for ounce, unless you want to pay more for a higher almond ratio.

  66. trujunglist says:


    That is wrong in so many ways.

  67. quickstrike says:


    I belive if that is for is some is alergic or has a alergic reaction to the almonds in the bar

  68. j12 says:

    Why would you eat an almond joy? They’re bad for you and don’t taste good.

  69. LLCisyouandme says:

    For all the people saying, well there are two pieces per package, each with one almond, and that’s two almonds, RTFA.
    Especially those that are condescending about it.
    Article is talking about the snack pack, one piece, one almond.
    For those complaining it’s an absurd topic, just stay away then. You read it, then logged in saying you didn’t want to? You decided once you started reading it (and why start if you aren’t interested?) that you just had to finish, including commentary at the end? In that case “walk West,” no post splash commentary necessary.