Mounds of sweet Christmas joy

By on December 18, 2011

My present for our readers is Twelve Days of Christmas Baking. Each installment, I’ll be offering you a favorite recipe to try for your own Christmas baking.

Last year during my annual Rosiethon, I asked Mr. Hawthorne for suggestions of new candies to add to my repertoire. He proposed I try my hand at Mounds Bars.

I Googled around and finally decided to come up with my own recipe and it turned out to be quite the hit. Basically, all a Mounds Bar is is a rich coconut center with a shiny chocolate coating. Many times, a recipe will tell you to melt paraffin with chocolate to give you a shiny end product. I find this distasteful. Eating paraffin skeeves me out.

I don’t know what eating saturated hydrocarbons obtained as a petroleum by-product actually does to my innards, nor do I want to know. Mr. Hawthorne came up with what I thought was a brilliant idea. Instead of paraffin, use the honeycomb from his precious sourwood honey he gets from the mountains. Excellent call Mr. Hawthorne.

Rosie’s Mounds Bars

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 14-oz package coconut
Mix well, form into bars, and refrigerate until well-chilled.

For the chocolate coating, I used 12 ounces of chocolate, using what was in my pantry — 7 ounces of dark chocolate and 5 ounces of semisweet chocolate. I like combining different chocolates since it results in better flavors. I melted the chocolate along with a large honeycomb. Quickly coat the coconut bars in the melted chocolate. Refrigerate to set.

Previous Days of Christmas:
Day 1: Sweet holiday gifts from the oven »
Day 2: An intense chocolate rush »
Day 3: Great neighbors, great cookies »
Day 4: Raising the nutty bar to new heights »
Day 5: These buckeyes are irresistible and easy »

See more at Kitchens Are Monkey Business »



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

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BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

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BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

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BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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