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Valentines Day is just an excuse to eat chocolate.

I mean sure, they distract us with cards and flowers and those chalky candy hearts- but true love lies between your lips as you bite into a pint sized candy bar; gooey caramel and rich chocolate dancing across your taste buds, like a lusty couple doing the cha-cha. I used to stuff my purse with these little chocolate gems, just waiting for that perfect moment away from the house when I could have a life line to a brief moment of paradise.

And then I became vegan…and the world changed.

I chose to say good-bye to gift wrapped chocolate, and my relationship with the candy isle became that of a betrayed lover. I’d be like, “Oh, you again? I see you’re still milking it up…” And then they’d be all like “Oh come on, don’t have a cow man, I know you miss me. Let’s have a go, you know, for old times sake.” And that’s when I’d accuse them of being a murderer and a pimp and a dirty liar…and then the manager of the store would be called and I’d have to explain (though tears) why I repeatedly beat candy bars onto the tile floor with my fists.

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You may be asking yourself, isn’t she being dramatic? It’s just chocolate for goodness sakes. And sure, while the scenario mentioned above may seem like I have a very unhealthy affair with candy, all joking aside, I really am quite happy that I am no longer a slave to the candy bar companies. Instead, I enjoy some of my old favorites from the safety of my own kitchen, made with 100% love and cruelty-free ingredients.

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Which brings me to the beautiful Twix bars you see above. Twix used to be one of my favs, so it was just a matter of time before I made the attempt to recreate it. I probably mulled it over in my head for about a month before I took action- and luckily all that inner planning played out wonderfully! I am thrilled with the result of my caramel sauce– from the moment that I opened my first jar of brown rice syrup, I knew that milk-free caramel was in my future.

There’s no baking involved, and these bars have easy prep work and was a snap to assemble. While the process took me a little longer since I took pictures, I would guess that this could take you less than 20 minutes to put together and be ready to eat an hour after that.

I hope you enjoy these heavenly homemade candy bars, and remember kids: what happens in the kitchen stays in the kitchen.

Homemade Twix Bars

Ingredients:

Crunchy Cookie Base:

Smooth Caramel Center:

Rich Chocolate Topping:

  • 10 oz. vegan chocolate chips (try Enjoy Life brand for soy-free, GF, nut-free)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp vegan milk of choice (I used soy, but you can use coconut milk if you want to avoid soy)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Directions:

  1. Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper to assist in easy removal. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, combine all crunchy cookie base ingredients and process until combined well. This should be a little chunky. Transfer and press into pan.
  3. Next, in a small bowl, mix all caramel ingredients with a spoon until combined well. Pour on top of the crunchy cookie layer, and spread out evenly.
  4. For the chocolate topping, using the double boiler method (and working quickly**), melt chocolate topping ingredients until smooth. Pour over caramel sauce and gently spread until covered. You don’t want to press down too much because you could pull the caramel away from the middle.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Remove from pan by lifting up on the parchment paper and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into bars (large or minis). Store any uneaten portions in the fridge.

* I used Lucy’s cookies because they are gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and vegan, but you can use any sugar cookies you want.

** It is important to work quickly when melting chocolate on the stove. Always make sure water has been brought to a boil before introducing chocolate. Stir and remove as soon as it’s melted- keeping it on the stove too long can risk too much moisture getting into the chocolate, resulting in thick chocolate clumps that is almost impossible to spread.

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Homemade Twix Bars (Vegan, GF, Soy-free, Nut-free)
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Crunchy Cookie Base
  1. 3 packs of Lucy's Sugar Cookies* (12 total)
  2. 1 C oats (gluten-free)
  3. 1/4 C plus 2 Tbsp raw coconut oil
Smooth Caramel Center
  1. 1/4 C brown rice syrup
  2. 1 Tbsp raw coconut oil
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  5. 1 tsp maple syrup
Rich Chocolate Topping
  1. 10 oz. vegan chocolate chips (try Enjoy Life brand for soy-free, GF, nut-free)
  2. 2 1/2 Tbsp vegan milk of choice (I used soy, but you can use coconut milk if you want to avoid soy)
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. Pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper to assist in easy removal. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, combine all crunchy cookie base ingredients and process until combined well. This should be a little chunky. Transfer and press into pan.
  3. Next, in a small bowl, mix all caramel ingredients with a spoon until combined well. Pour on top of the crunchy cookie layer, and spread out evenly.
  4. For the chocolate topping, using the double boiler method (and working quickly**), melt chocolate topping ingredients until smooth. Pour over caramel sauce and gently spread until covered. You don't want to press down too much because you could pull the caramel away from the middle.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Remove from pan by lifting up on the parchment paper and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into bars (large or minis). Store any uneaten portions in the fridge.
Notes
  1. * I used Lucy's cookies because they are gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and vegan, but you can use any sugar cookies you want.
  2. ** It is important to work quickly when melting chocolate on the stove. Always make sure water has been brought to a boil before introducing chocolate. Stir and remove as soon as it's melted- keeping it on the stove too long can risk too much moisture getting into the chocolate, resulting in thick chocolate clumps that is almost impossible to spread.
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Hi Randi,
I really enjoyed your photo tutorial. It makes creating this yummy vegan dessert so much easier. I used to love Twix bars when I was a kid, so I can’t wait to try this delectable recipe. Pinning this!

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It’s my pleasure!! These are so delicious, I’m going to have to make them again soon LOL.

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They look delicious Randi – thank you for sharing with Pin Worthy Wednesday

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Thank you Amberjane!

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