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Instant Candy Gratification

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Halloween is closing in, and fast.  For many people, this would mean a quick run to the store is in order, easily snatching up the last bag of snack pack candies and battening down the hatches in preparation for trick-or-treaters.  While there’s a decent selection of vegan handout options, these just won’t cut it for my own personal candy cravings.  That’s why I wrote a candy ebook, right?  Right!  But… When I can’t bear to wait another minute before tearing into something sweet, it takes a sneaky trick to placate my palate.  It’s stupidly simple, almost embarrassing to post about, and- Dare I say?- qualifies as “semi-homemade.”

Bleh, that should qualify as a swear word!  Okay, forget I said that.  But if you’re hankering for something sweet, chocolatey, and a bit crunchy without a moment to spare, don’t run to the candy aisle, but hit up the kosher section of the grocery store instead.

Once you’ve secured a package of kosher wafer cookies (try Gefen brand) that you can confirm are vegan, all you need is a bit of chocolate to seal the deal.  Any type you fancy will work, so get yourself enough to dip in, and melt it down until completely smooth.  Dress it up with flavored extracts (Mint-chocolate, anyone?  Almond?  Lemon?) or stick with the basics; with those classic flavors and a satisfyingly crisp bite, you simply can’t go wrong.  Shake off excess crumbs, and completely submerge each wafer cookie in the melted chocolate, tapping off the extra when you bring it up for air.  Place dipped cookies on a silpat or piece of parchment paper, and wait for the coating to set.  To expedite the process, go ahead and stash them in the fridge or freezer for just 15 – 20 minutes; Although I typically refrain from this practice, since it’s more likely to leave you with bloomed or streaky shells, these treats are more about quick and easy than fussy perfection.

Quick and easy enough to whip up on a whim, you could effortlessly make masses of these make-shift candy bars as Halloween party favors… If you can bring yourself to share, that is.

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Author: Hannah Kaminsky

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

26 thoughts on “Instant Candy Gratification

  1. Stash them in the fridge? Nah – they’d be eat too quickly to do so ;) Yum!

  2. What a nifty idea! Thank you for sharing. Mmmm…

    I *love* the Kosher section of my grocery store; there are so many splendid finds there (a friend once found vegan marshmallows there, but I haven’t been as lucky). I think I may have to make a pilgrimage through there this weekend…

    Have an awesome weekend!

  3. It’s always fun finding vegan treats in random sections of the grocery store! Especially when they aren’t labeled so :)

  4. I am SO making those!!!!! You have the best ideas ever!!

  5. Thanks for the quick and easy treat idea! My 3.5-year old is a chocolate FANATIC and she would positively devour these.

  6. Semi-homemade or not, I love it!

  7. I actually never thought about how much of a torment Halloween must be for vegan children. I live in an apartment building so I don’t get trick or treaters but if I did, I would be sure to have these on hand…just in case!

  8. Love this idea, but I don’t have good control over “easy to make desserts.” ha.

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. These look amazing! And it’s okay by me to use the “S” word! Sometimes it’s a nice change from really elaborate recipes.

  10. What a great idea! Thanks again, Hannah!!

  11. Love the idea of making your own vegan candy bars. And this seems super easy too!

  12. Loved reading it. You made it sound so much fun. I gotta make it and take it to my circle. That will give me my barging rights. Delicious vegan chocolate bar.

  13. Semi-homemade, homemade, or not homemade…I’d eat them! I’ve been all about the sweets lately.

  14. I wish had more Kosher food here!

  15. And you want to know the best part about this? We don’t both with Halloween here in Australia, so I can just make and eat this candy all myself! ;)

  16. I do miss my Kit Kats! These look a lot like them- Trick or Treat, Hannah! :)

  17. I’m all for the “S” word if it means whipping up tasty treats like this one. Pure genius!

  18. Ohhhhh my gosh! Why can’t everyone give out something THAT delicious for Halloween!

  19. Wafer cookies are a favorite! This looks like a real treat.

  20. Semi-homemade is right up my alley, so easy and tasty looking! They look just like a Kit Kat but bigger. Thanks for the great idea! :-)

  21. funniest story..I was just talking about doing just this to stop the kit kat craving I have randomly had

  22. Great idea! I would have never thought of chocolate covered wafers.

  23. Wowzers! Those look absolutely amazing. Halloween is always the greatest test of my will. Those little candy bars are just so tempting!

  24. I love this!! Thank you! But I am curious what are the wafers ingredients? My son is allergic to soy egg and dairy…

  25. What kind of chocolate did you use? I just made these and they are in the fridge as we speak (I am impatient). I used generic wafer cookies (vanilla, strawberry and chocolate) and broke them into smaller pieces and dipped them into melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. I then sprinkled orange and black sprinkles on top! Thanks for inspiring me. I hope these turn out well!

    • I’m so glad you tried it and I hope you enjoy the end results! Those flavors and additional colors sound like so much fun, too. Perfect for Halloween. :)

      I typically use Trader Joe’s Pound Plus bars of dark chocolate, since they’re relatively inexpensive and surprisingly complex in flavor. I love how they have a very fruity, floral sort of note despite being so dark.

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