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You Twix, I Twix, We Twix

Posted Oct 25 2012 9:29am

With Halloween right around the corner all I can think about is candy. It’s everywhere. The end caps at the grocery store. The opening display at Target. The checkout line. Blogs. Pinterest . Facebook. EVERYWHERE. And there’s not one piece of it I can it. {Ok that’s a totally lie- I may or may not have eaten an entire bag of candy corn by myself in 2 days; HFCS and all.}

What I really mean is that I can’t eat my favorites: Twix Bars & Snickers. Now, I’m not a chocolate fan, but when you use it to wrap up caramel-y deliciousness, I’m all in.

The husband cringes every Halloween because I’m that neighbor. The one that gives out pretzels. But I’m not a total party pooper- I compromise and hand out fun size candy bars along with the pretzels. If I’m being honest, the candy is really so the husband and I can eat the leftovers, not because I think the kids need it. And yes, I by the variety pack and then hide all my favorites on the bottom of the bowl in hopes that those will be what’s left at the end of the night. Don’t lie, you do it too.

{If you’re trying to be healthy and still want to give out candy, try buying something you don’t like. We did that last year and there are still remnants of Jolly Rancher chews sitting around in random corners.}

If you can’t tell, I’m totally in the camp that it’s ok to partake in the Halloween treats and not just the tricks, as long as you’re smart about it. So what’s a girl to do when she can’t eat her beloved Twix and they’re taunting her everywhere she looks?

homemade twix bars

Dig into the old favorite recipe archive and bring back an oldie but a goody. Technically it’s millionaire’s shortbread, but how is that really any different than a Twix bar? {Except for the sea salt on top which only makes it that much better.}

vegan twix bar recipe

You can certainly use a dairy-free, soy-free spread like Earth Balance {the red container}, but this time around I went with coconut oil. Holy deliciousness. Makes a bit of a mess in the warmer non-fall weather surge we’re having, but they taste great chilled right out of the fridge or freezer.

dairy free twix

It’s vegan. Dairy free. Soy free. Woohoooo! Don’t go fooling yourself, it’s still full of sugar- I’m not a miracle worker.

 

Homemade Twix-Inspired Bars

twix recipe

by with a Side of Sneakers

Ingredients

For the Cookie

1/2 cup non-dairy butter, cold 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 tsp sea salt

For the Caramel

1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup non dairy creamer {I used So Delicious coconut creamer} 1/2 cup golden syrup {I used Lyle’s} 1 Tbsp non dairy butter 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Coating

Instructions

For the Cookie

Put the non-dairy butter, flour, brown sugar, and salt for the cookie in food processor and chop until blended.

Press mixture into 11×7 or 9×9 baking dish lined with foil & greased, packing firmly. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Let cool thoroughly before moving on. {Can place in fridge.}

For the Caramel

In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix granulated sugar, creamer, and golden syrup. Stir consistently until sugar dissolves. If you have a thermometer, use it.

When sugar dissolves, stir in butter. Continue stirring until mixture boils; hands off- don’t touch now!

Let mixture boil until it reaches 245 degrees.

Stir in vanilla, then pour on top of shortbread and spread evenly. Let cool completely.

For the Chocolate Coating

Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil over double boiler, stirring until smooth.

Poor over caramel layer and spread evenly.

Before chocolate hardens, sprinkle generously with fleur de sel.

Let cool. May need to refrigerate or even freeze.

Slice into bite sized pieces.

To make more Twix-like, slice cookie & caramel layer into long strips before drizzling with chocolate and let chocolate spill over the sides. Omit salt. Mmmm.

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millionaire's shortbread vegan

What’s your favorite Halloween candy? Have you tried making a homemade version of you favorite candy bar before?

 

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