Ask me what my favorite childhood candy is. Go ahead. Or maybe you can guess by the looks of this post? Answer: TWIX all the way. Then, probably Reese's peanut butter cups followed by Kit Kats. Get all the gummy worms and bears and sour little "children" out. Please and thank you!
One time, circa age 7 I would bet, my family and best friend and I took a night out for a fancy-ish dinner in SoCal and came across a giant ferris wheel. My dad and best friend insisted on riding, so I sucked up some courage (without showing it, of course) and rode along. I think this has happened to me every time I ride a ferris wheel and I think it's safe say to be that it will continue to happen every time I ride one in the future - the cart I'm in stops right at the top of the wheel for what feels like eternity while other carts unload and reload new passengers.
I always forget about my fear of heights until that very moment.
"WOW! Look how high up we are!" my best friend exclaimed in amazement. "Haley, you have to look at this!" I'd somehow managed to wedge my head between my legs as soon as I realized just how high off the ground we'd escalated. When the fear hits, it hits h a r d. "If you don't look up, I'm not sharing any of my Sour Patch Kids with you," she tried to convince me.
Yeah, those do nothing for me. She probably could've easily convinced me if she'd offered a big scoop of cookies n' cream ice cream or fudgy brownies or... or a Twix bar. Little did she know. Then again, little did I know we would soon become best friends. I guess candy couldn't separate us!
Candy favorites are kind of like ice cream favorites - don't they say something about that person? For example, the best friend I'm talking about, who loves sour and gummy candies is a light-hearted, witty, goofy, adventure-chasing, free-spirited girl. Me? I'm definitely more laid-back, organized, reserved, logical, introverted. Okay, so maybe I can't exactly verbally explain how those personality types relate to the candies we like, respectively, but hopefully you see where I'm going with that? Something about a Twix bar - the layers, the smooth chocolate exterior, the creamy caramel, and the crunchy cookie - says organization. Something about gummies - the colors, the texture, the sugary-ness, and the unpredictable flavors - says adventure.
As much as I'd love to work on my adventure-ability...
... I love Twix. Hey, homemade Twix cups can be my latest adventure, right?
Makes 12 bars
For the crust:
2/3 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup almond butter
2 tbsp. almond milk
For the filling:
10 large Medjool dates, soaked in hot water for 1 hour
2 tbsp. almond butter
1 tbsp. coconut flour
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
For the chocolate topping:
1 cup dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp. almond butter
Sea salt, for topping
Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9x5 or 8x4 bread tin with oil.
In a food processor, pulse the crust ingredients until combined and sticking together in a dough form. Press the crust into the tin and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Remove from oven and cool completely.
Drain the soaked dates and toss into the blender with the other ingredients for the filling. Blend until smooth. Spread the filling on top of the crust in an even layer. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to allow the filling to firm up.
In a double-boiler or microwave-safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate. Stir in the nut butter and whisk until smooth. Pour this over the filling and place back in the freezer until the chocolate has set, about 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with sea salt, and slice into 8 bars.