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Mini Gluten-free Take 5 Candy Bars (vegan)

October 16, 2020

Mini Gluten-free Take 5 Candy Bars made with all vegan ingredients. A healthier copycat Reese’s Take 5 candy bar recipe with pretzels, peanut butter, homemade vegan caramel, peanuts and coated in dark chocolate.

Mini Gluten-free Take 5 Candy Bars made with all vegan ingredients. A healthier copycat Reese's Take 5 candy bar recipe with pretzels, peanut butter, homemade caramel, peanuts and coated in dark chocolate.

HOLY OH MY GOSH!

How did I live under a rock when it came to how dreamy Reese’s Take 5 Candy Bars are?! These were most definitely not a thing when I was trick or treating or going crazy at the candy aisle growing up. But when it comes to really anything Reese’s makes – I am always satisfied. I was the girl literally counting each Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup she got on Halloween and putting them in the freezer to snack on all year around.

These homemade Take 5 Candy Bars though – hot damn! You guys are in for a really good salty, sweet and crunchy snack that can also live your freezer.

This recipe is surprisingly very easy to make. Don’t let the homemade caramel sauce fool you – it takes minimal effort to whip up and tastes so perfect in this recipe.

These Take 5’s have a permanent spot in my freezer and I grab one throughout the day to snack on right now. Even Ezra’s nanny couldn’t get over how flipping good they are!

You will also see a handful of other candy recipes liked below to whip up this Halloween season (or any season of the year in my opinion). I hope you guys love them as much as I do!

Mini Gluten-free Take 5 Candy Bars made with all vegan ingredients. A healthier copycat Reese's Take 5 candy bar recipe with pretzels, peanut butter, homemade vegan caramel, peanuts and coated in dark chocolate.Mini Gluten-free Take 5 Candy Bars made with all vegan ingredients. A healthier copycat Reese's Take 5 candy bar recipe with pretzels, peanut butter, homemade vegan caramel, peanuts and coated in dark chocolate.

What ingredients you need for gluten-free Take 5 Candy Bars and a vegan homemade caramel: 

Take 5 Candy Bars:

  • Gluten-free pretzel twists – I also have used the gluten-free ones from Trader Joe’s! Any pretzels you love works
  • Creamy peanut butter code RACHL for free shipping on my favorite peanut butter
  • Homemade caramel – see recipe below!
  • Crushed peanuts – I used roasted and unsalted
  • 1 cup dark chocolate – code RACHL for free shipping on my go-to chocolate

Homemade Vegan Caramel:

  • Water
  • Coconut sugar – I haven’t tested another sugar here
  • Full-fat coconut milk – the top cream part! Please don’t use another milk as it will be too liquid
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sea salt

How to make copycat Take 5 Candy Bars and homemade caramel:

  1. Start by making the caramel. In a small saucepan, combine the water and coconut sugar and bring to a low boil
  2. Add in the coconut milk and vanilla extract and mix
  3. Turn the heat to medium/low and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every couple minutes
  4. Remove from heat and add to a small container to put in fridge to thicken for about 10 minutes
  5. While the caramel thickens, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add half of the pretzels across
  6. Add a teaspoon or so of peanut butter on top of each pretzel then another pretzel then add to fridge to set for 10 minutes
  7. Remove caramel and pretzels from fridge and add a teaspoon of caramel on top one each pretzel then add a few crushed peanuts to each
  8. Add to freezer to set for 10 minutes and begin melting the chocolate in the microwave or over stove
  9. Gently dip each pretzel into the chocolate to cover. I put a pretzel on a fork and use a spoon to drizzle chocolate over it
  10. Add each chocolate pretzel to baking sheet and set in freezer until chocolate is hardened and enjoy!

A few other popular homemade candy recipes on the blog:

Healthier Copycat Butterfingers (gluten-free)

Healthier Copycat Reese’s Eggs (vegan + gluten-free)

Healthy Homemade Kit Kat Bars

6-ingredient Paleo Peppermint Patties

5-ingredient Copycat Peanut Butter M&Ms (gluten-free)

For all of my favorite healthy candy recipes head on over to this blog post!

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Mini Gluten-free Take 5 Candy Bars (vegan)

Mini Gluten-free Take 5 Candy Bars made with all vegan ingredients. A healthier copycat Reese's Take 5 candy bar recipe with pretzels, peanut butter, homemade caramel, peanuts and coated in dark chocolate.

Mini Gluten-free Take 5 Candy Bars made with all vegan ingredients. A healthier copycat Reese’s Take 5 candy bar recipe with pretzels, peanut butter, homemade vegan caramel, peanuts and coated in dark chocolate.

  • Author: Rachel
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Ingredients

Take 5 Candy Bars:

*Measurements will vary based off size of pretzels!

  • About 50 Gluten-free pretzel twists – I also have used the gluten-free ones from Trader Joe’s! Any pretzels you love works
  • About 1/3 cup creamy Creamy peanut butter code RACHL for free shipping on my favorite peanut butter
  • Homemade caramel – see recipe below!
  • 1/3 cup crushed peanuts – I used roasted and unsalted
  • 1 cup dark chocolate – code RACHL for free shipping on my go-to chocolate

Homemade Vegan Caramel:

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Start by making the caramel. In a small saucepan, combine the water and coconut sugar and bring to a low boil
  2. Add in the coconut milk and vanilla extract and mix
  3. Turn the heat to medium/low and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every couple minutes
  4. Remove from heat and add to a small container to put in fridge to thicken for about 10 minutes
  5. While the caramel thickens, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add half of the pretzels across
  6. Add a teaspoon or so of peanut butter on top of each pretzel then another pretzel then add to fridge to set for 10 minutes
  7. Remove caramel and pretzels from fridge and add a teaspoon of caramel on top one each pretzel then add a few crushed peanuts to each
  8. Add to freezer to set for 10 minutes and begin melting the chocolate in the microwave or over stove
  9. Gently dip each pretzel into the chocolate to cover. I put a pretzel on a fork and use a spoon to drizzle chocolate over it
  10. Add each chocolate pretzel to baking sheet and set in freezer until chocolate is hardened and enjoy!

Notes

*Store in fridge for 1 week or freezer for longer!

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