The Melting Pot: Snickers

Kamille Ritchie, Cactus Editor

Created in the 1930, Snickers bars have been a Halloween staple for over 86 years. It can be found at the bottom of every trick or treater’s bag. Snickers were invented by Frank Mars, founder of Mars Inc. They were named after one of Mars’ favorite horses, Snickers. The chocolate bars were known as “Marathon” in the U.K., the Isle of Man, and Ireland in the 1990s. A chocolate bar consisting of nougat, peanuts, and caramel wrapped in a milk chocolate coating, Snickers are an American classic. These particularly Snickers are quite different… they’re vegan.


Nougat Layer

½ cup almond butter

2 tbsp. maple syrup

1 tbsp. coconut flour

Caramel Layer

6 dates

2 ½ tbsp. water

¼ tsp vanilla

½ tsp coconut oil, melted

Pinch of salt

1/3 cup peanuts

Chocolate Layer

1 to 1 ¼ cups of vegan chocolate chips, tempered


  1. To make nougat layer, line baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine ingredients in bowl and mix well. Transfer mixture to baking sheet and press flat with hands. Shae into rectangle, about ½ an inch high.
  2. Place in freezer for 30 minutes.
  3. To make caramel layer, soak dates in hot water for 5-15 minutes. [This really depends on how hard they are.] Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Once nougat layer sets, remove from freezer and spread caramel layer. Sprinkle peanuts on top and press gently Return to freezer for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  5. To temper chocolate, roughly chop vegan chocolate chips and place half the chocolate in heatproof bowl. Place over boiling pot of water, being sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir slowly until melted, then turn off heat and add remaining chocolate. Remove candy from freezer and cut into bars.
  6. Place parchment on baking sheet and begin dipping bars in chocolate. [Make sure all sides are covered.] Set bars on sheet and return to freezer for another 15 minutes.