How to Make Vegan Versions of Your Favorite Candy Bars

Halloween is a time for haunted houses, scary movies, and pumpkin spice lattes, but perhaps the most nostalgic part of this time of year is the candy. Everyone has some fond memories of sorting through their trick-or-treating haul, rationing out the “good stuff” or perhaps eating it all at once.

For anyone with a sweet tooth as strong as mine, saying goodbye to easily accessible chocolate bars was one of the toughest things on the short list of difficulties with going vegan. Nowadays, there are tons of accidentally vegan and intentionally cruelty-free sweets and treats at many different grocery stores, but the old classics might still be hard to come by. This year, take a walk down memory lane by making some of your old favorites at home!

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1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

These cloyingly sweet morsels were considered the motherlode while digging through a bag of treats as a kid, and the peanut butter and chocolate combo still pleases the adult palate. Creating your own cups at home is surprisingly easy and requires only a few ingredients. The best part about these is you can choose higher quality and fair trade chocolate to make them even more cruelty-free.

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2. Raw, Mini “Three Musketeers” Bars

Creamy and chewy nougat, wrapped in a layer of chocolate? Yes, please! This recipe uses coconut butter for the filling, flavored with cacao powder and sweetened with coconut nectar, making it a raw treat, as well as vegan.

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3. Gluten Free “Kit Kat” Bars

The beautiful appeal of a Kit Kat bar was the combination of internal crunch with creamy-sweet chocolate on the outside. Cara, creator of the vegan food blog Fork & Beans, knows her way around vegan candy. After experimenting for a few years, she found an incredible (and simple) ingredient to use in recreating these nostalgic sweets: Rice Chex!

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4. Peppermint Patties

You may think the wonderfully cool and refreshing center of a peppermint patty would be hard to create at home, but One Green Planet chefs have it down. By blending together shredded coconut, cashews, and coconut oil, a perfect consistency is formed. All natural peppermint extract and maple syrup round out the flavors of the frosty center, topped off with a layer of chocolate.

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5. Vegan “Snickers” Bars

Perhaps the most revered and highly-advertised of American chocolate candy is the Snickers baby. Fork & Beans shows us how to replicate these tasty treats in a gluten-free and almost-raw fashion, using a blend of cashews and macadamia nuts for the nougat and a caramel sauce made from dates and agave nectar.

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6. Vegan “Andes” Mints

Andes mints probably didnít find themselves in a Halloween grab bag that often, but they do appear at the end of any fine Italian dining experience. These minty-green morsels are a perfect after dinner taste, but definitely not vegan. Cara of Fork & Beans stuns again with her super-simple instructions and ingredient list – just four items! Impress your guests by serving these at your next dinner party.

Photo credit: Fork &Beans

72 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus10 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay K10 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Justyna L.
Justyna L10 months ago

Tyfs

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Manuela C.
Manuela C10 months ago

thanks.

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Toni W.
Toni W10 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Toni W.
Toni W10 months ago

Yummo - have shared too! Thanks so much for sharing.,

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA S10 months ago

thank you

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Merideth G.
Merideth G.10 months ago

My favorite candy from childhood is vegan already: Goldenberg's Peanut Chews. My second favorite is far from vegan: Heath bars.

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natasha salgado
Past Member 10 months ago

These sound delicious! Bookmarked--thanks

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William C.
William C10 months ago

Thank you.

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