If you’re like us, then candy is our (not so) secret weakness. Most of us grew up with a favorite candy bar. Whether you were a staunch supporter of peanut butter and chocolate, chocolate-covered cookies and caramel, or the classic milk chocolate bar, there was one sentiment that united us all: our love of candy. A trip to the grocery store with our parents could be made 100 percent worth it once we got to the checkout with all the candy bars lined up in boxes. It was always a heart-pounding moment of “will we or won’t we” get to go home with our favorite.
Now that we’re older, we could have candy for breakfast if we wanted to. But, if you’re trying to include more plant-based food in your diet, then you might think of all the dairy in candy bars as a roadblock. The good news is, not only are more vegan candy bars making their way into stores, you can also make candy in your kitchen. You don’t need dairy to make chocolate or caramel — try making this Healthy Date Caramel and get ready to be amazed. But don’t stop there — try these 15 vegan candies you can make at home.
1. Melty Peanut Butter and Jelly Candy Bars
Dried cherries stand in as the “jelly” in these Melty Peanut Butter and Jelly Candy Bars, but believe us, these taste just like the sandwich we all know and love. Only four ingredients stand between you and delicious, dark chocolate and peanut buttery goodness. The toughest part is waiting for the bars to chill, so even if you’re tempted to dig into that combination of melted chocolate and creamy peanut butter with dried cherries, don’t — it’s worth the wait.
2. No-Bake Salted Almond Joy Bars
These salty-sweet, super easy No-Bake Salted Almond Joy Bars taste like a frozen Almond Joy! What better way to enjoy the heat with a frozen, chocolatey, coconutty treat? Plus, you don’t need to turn on your oven in order to make them.
3. Coconut Caramels With Tellicherry Pepper
These Coconut Caramels are chewy, sticky, and creamy, with a kick from the Tellicherry pepper. Tellicherry pepper has more of a sweet, aromatic taste than regular black pepper, which is perfect for these candies. When wrapped up, they make wonderful gifts for any fan of caramels.
4. Almond Buttercrunch Candy
This Almond Buttercrunch Candy has caramel, a chocolate coating, and a topping of chopped almonds … Could it get any better? This buttery, crunchy candy is a real delight! If you’ll excuse us, we’ll be dreaming about devouring it.
5. ‘Milk’ Chocolate Bars
These “Milk” Chocolate Bars taste like candy bars, but they’re made without the dairy. Sweet, creamy decadence in the shape we have come to recognize as all that is good: the chocolate bar. If you’re just starting to get into vegan treats, this is a wise one to try because it’s gonna make everyone flip out in a good way.
6. Raspberry Cream Filled Chocolates
The center of these Raspberry Cream Filled Chocolates is made with raw cashews, lemon, vanilla, coconut, and brown rice malt syrup. It gets its bright pink color and slightly tart flavor from fresh raspberries. Making them is a bit of a process, but don’t let the multiple steps scare you off, as they’re totally worth it. You can store them in the freezer and have them as a frozen treat, or leave them in the fridge and enjoy them like a chocolate-covered cream. But don’t leave them at room temperature!
7. Raw Twix Bars With Banana Date Caramel
It’s candy bar time. We present to you: Raw Twix Bars With Banana Date Caramel. Now, we know regular Twix Bars don’t have a single banana molecule in them, but adding banana to date caramel really takes it to the next level. You just can’t go wrong with cookies and caramel covered in chocolate.
8. Raw Licorice
Licorice is one of those candies that people are divided on. Some say it tastes like medicine, but us … Well, we love all candies and we know you’ll love this Raw Licorice. Anise has long been a used as a digestive aid, so this licorice makes for a great snack or light dessert after a heavy meal. It’s also a perfect and packable afternoon or anytime pick-me-up!
9. 3-Ingredient Oreo Truffles
We love truffles because they’re great candies to make (and receive) as a gift. These 3-Ingredient Oreo Truffles are one of the easiest and most delicious treats you could possibly make, and a definite crowd-pleaser! Three ingredients, one food processor, and a chill session while the truffles firm up and you’ve got a candy treat that’s 100 percent vegan and 100 percent irresistible.
10. Raw Snickers Candy Bars
The nougat layer of these Raw Snickers Candy Bars is raw flour, almonds, and a wholesome sweetener of your choosing. Then, it’s layered with the simplest and most delicious raw caramel ever by blending dates with water, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Finally, you whip up some raw chocolate and cover the bars in it. It’s not to wait for them to harden, but in theory, you should.
11. Homemade Bounty
Homemade candy, with nothing but the good stuff! These Homemade Bounty are the best possible treat for all of you lovers of chocolate and coconut out there. Between the coconut filling and the chocolate coating, you need only five ingredients to make them. Yay!
12. 5-Minute Butterfinger Brittle
Oh man, this 5-Minute Butterfinger Brittle is so delicious! It tastes remarkably like its namesake candy bar, but it only takes six ingredients and five minutes to make. Seriously, just five! It’s crunchy and crumbly, sweet and flaky — you’ll be immersed in chocolate and peanut butter bliss before you know it!
13. #5under5: Raspberry-Filled Chocolate Coconut Truffles
These Raspberry-Filled Chocolate Coconut Truffles have it all: they’re beautiful, sophisticated, impressive, and most importantly: delicious! Fluffy coconut is stuffed gooey raspberry jam and the whole affair is covered in chocolate. Complete decadence! Plus, nobody will ever guess that these candies are ridiculously easy to make, contain only five main ingredients, and are under $5.00 for the entire batch.
14. Frozen Yogurt Berry Bark
You’ll love this Frozen Yogurt Berry Bark during summer time. It’s sweet and creamy, with bursts of juicy berries in every bite. When it’s hot outside, it can be tough to find the motivation to heat up your house even more by baking for hours. This bark is so easy, you don’t need to spend more than five minutes preparing it.
15. Honeycomb Candy
Hokey Pokey (as it’s known in Cornwall) is basically that childhood tooth-breaking style candy that looks very similar to a honeycomb. This Honeycomb Candy is inspired by that. It’s satisfyingly crunchy with a bit of a chew and a chocolate coating on the bottom. Chocolate and crunch — we love it.
With so many choices, where do you start? Tell us which recipe you want to try first!
Lead image source: Raw Twix Bars With Banana Date Caramel