If you've been a fan of Twix(TM) candy in the past but value your health more now, then this is the recipe for you! These Stix bars taste very similar, better actually, but contain much more natural ingredients. Similar to the store-bought variety, they contain 3 layers: shortbread cookie, caramel, and chocolate. But, nothing artificial, no additives, and no refined sugars. Just pure YUM!
This is the ingredient list for Twix(TM) bars (with about a dozen ingredients that I certainly wouldn't recommend!):
MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER, CHOCOLATE, SKIM MILK, LACTOSE, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, PGPR, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS), SUGAR, ENRICHED WHEAT FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), PALM OIL, CORN SYRUP, SKIM MILK, DEXTROSE, LESS THAN 2% - FOOD STARCH-MODIFIED, SALT, COCOA POWDER, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.
Remember: Sweet treats are just that... a treat. So, I don't suggest eating a pan-full. The Stix are so rich, you may only want a small portion anyway. My kids and husband absolutely LOVED this recipe, especially the nice crunchy layer. No one will ever know they're "paleo treats"!
The Shortbread Cookie Crust:
The Chocolate Layer:
- 1 cup Enjoy Life Mini Chips
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil or palm oil shortening
- Melt the 2 ingredients in a small saucepan pan on low heat.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the cooled caramel layer & spread out evenly.
- Refrigerate again to harden the chocolate.
- Cut the Stix bars into any shape you wish. (I cut them into skinny rectangles, like the store bought Twix candy.)
- Store in the fridge.
THESE ARE DELICIOUS!!!!!
I could never eat Stix because of the wheat and sugar primarily,and I have never been tempted. These tempt me, and I plan on giving in to temptation as soon as I go shopping this week. I need to seriously start keeping the Enjoy Life chips on hand.
Thanks, Mari! I can't wait to hear how you like them!
You can always order the Enjoy Life Chips by the 6-pack. They're about the same price each as at the store. ;-)
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Does the Carmel layer taste like honey? I think I would rather use coconut sugar.
Hi Amanda, You can definitely taste the honey, but it's light in flavor. My family says it tastes like toffee. Do you have a recipe for homemade caramel using coconut sugar? I'd love to have it! If you make the Stix recipe, please tell me how it all turns out!
I made these today, and am not a huge honey fan. I could not taste a distinct honey flavor, just tasted like a toffee. It was so good! I will definitely be making this again around the holidays!!
Hi Stacy, I appreciate that you let us know about the flavor & how much you like the Stix. They've become my most popular recipe ever!
Try brown rice syrup in the place of honey, it is very similar to Carmel. I hope that helps.
Thanks, Audry! I just know your whole family is going to love the Stix!
Is there anything I could substitute for the honey? I do more of a Keto based diet & honey is not really an option.
Brown rice syrup will give you a comparable taste to Carmel, I'm just not sure if it's compatible with your diet
Hi Michelle, I've seen recipes for caramel made with equal parts sugar and butter melted over the stove. So, for a Leto option, you could try it with some Swerve (low glycemic sweetener) and see if it works.
If it turns out, come back to let me know! :-)
I'll try that. Thanks!
Hi. If I can't get enjoy life chips out of my local supermarket, is there any thing else I could use please? I'm in the U.K. Thanks
Greetings from Tennessee, Carly! The next best thing would be organic, dark chocolate chips or a dark chocolate candy bar. Use a brand you trust & they'll turn out delicious!
Thank you so much! I'm definitely going to try them! they look amazing. :) x
I just pulled the bottom layer out of the oven and the house smells DELICIOUS. It took me longer to spread the base over the pan than it did to mix everything up. This recipe is crazy simple.
Thanks, Roddie! It is a pretty easy recipe, even with the 3 layers. Totally worth it! ;-)
HI, could you use maple syrup instead of honey? I can't wait to make these after my Whole30 is over. lol
Hi Elizabeth, I've never tried making the caramel with maple syrup, but in theory it should work fine. Give it a try! Thanks for reading!
i made these today with Nature's Hollow honey (xylitol) and they are scrumptious!
I'm so glad you liked them, Amy. You chose a great option to make them lower-carb, too!
Hi Jenny, Can you substitute coconut oil or some other fat for the butter? I am allergic to milk. Thanks!
Hi Susan, I assume you're wondering about the butter in the caramel. I'm not sure if coconut oil will work; I've never tried it, sorry. It would be worth a try! If it doesn't work, just put the chocolate on the cookie layer. It'll still be delicious. If it does work, please let me know and I'll note it on the recipe. Thanks for reading!
Hi Jenny, I was able to create caramel using a combination of honey, syrup, baking soda and a little almond butter. I have made them several times this way so the recipe works.
Susan, Almond butter is a great idea! It's music to my ears that you've made the recipe several times. YAY! ;-)
What a wonderful compliment, Jen! Thank you! Can you tell me the link to your blog post? I'd love to read it & maybe share it. 😊
Hi! I was wondering instead of those chocolate chips, if I could use sugar-free hershey's mini bars and melt them down? also, someone mentioned xylitol honey...where would I find that?
I'm not sure of the ingredients in sugar-free Hershey's bars. If it's a bunch of chemicals like malitol or aspartame (mosy sugar-free things are), then... you can do better/healthier. ;-)
The xylitol honey is a slightly healthier option, but it's not fantastic.
You can get it here:
I'm wondering if there is supposed to be some sort of milk or cream for the caramel portion...I've now tried this twice and failed. I don't know what I'm doing wrong :(
I'm sorry you're having trouble with the caramel. My guess is that you aren't cooking it long enough & perhaps at too low a temperature. Allow at least 1/2 hour of nice bubbling (but not so hot that it burns). It should definitely appear much thicker than when you started. Good luck & thanks for reading!
Has anyone tried this with an egg substitute? I'm thinking because it only calls for one egg, perhaps a flax or chia "egg" would work?
I am also wondering about a substitute for the egg, or if you think the recipe would be fine without the it!
Hi Eileen, a flax egg might work. Give it a whirl!
My caramel did not turn out well either. Maybe the heat was too high. I went on line and found a recipe with chilled coconut milk fat, honey, coconut palm sugar, salt, ghee and vanilla extract. It turned out so good.
I think the caramel wasn't set enough and it blended with the chocolate. It still tastes really good. I will make this again to try to perfect it.
Is ghee okay to use with the honey for the caramel?
The recipe you found for caramel sounds yummy, too. Ghee is great! I've found that it's important to simmer the caramel for a long time, patiently, for it to harden properly. And definitely chill it thoroughly before adding the chocolate.
Can you recommend a substitute for chocolate chips? I don't think they're paleo friendly since they contain sugar. Do you have a recipe for a topping that uses cocoa powder and honey, or other paleo friendly ingredients?
Hi Victoria, Glad you asked! ;-)
When it comes to Paleo, the whole point is nutrient density. As far as sugar, it can be paleo-friendly, although all sugar types are pretty low in nutrients. So, the amount consumed is much more important than the type of sugar eaten. These Stix are definitely treats, so I'd treat them as such (only eat a few).
You can read more about the topic of sugar from the Paleo Mom: http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/03/is-sugar-paleo.html
She often just uses regular brown sugar in her recipes.
The nice thing about Enjoy Life chips is that they're nut, dairy, and soy free. Gotta love that!
is there a dairy free alternative for the butter?
I assume you're wondering about the butter in the caramel. I'm not sure if coconut oil will work; I've never tried it, sorry. It would be worth a try! If it doesn't work, just put the chocolate on the cookie layer. It'll still be delicious. If it does work, please let me know and I'll note it on the recipe. Thanks for reading!
I made these last night. Oh, so yummy! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I brought them to work so as not tempted to eat too many. The crew loved them. I messed up my first batch of caramel so I had to made another batch. All in all it was very easy and worthwhile.
I love hearing that everyone liked the Stix, AnneMarie! Glad the caramel worked for you, too. Thanks for reading!
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