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A stack of sesame cany bars arranged on a white plate.
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Sesame Candy

A delicious crunchy treat for sesame lovers made with few ingredients. Sesame candy bars is very popular across many Mediterranean countries
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Diet: Gluten Free, Halal
Servings: 16
Calories: 138kcal
Author: Amira


  • 1 1/2 cup sesame seeds (200g )
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100g )
  • 1/2 cup honey (180g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • Sesame oil for brushing


  • Generously brush a bowl with sesame oil.
  • Brush an 11”X17” parchment paper with sesame oil as well.
  • In a skillet or pan, over medium heat, add sesame seeds and toast until golden brown will take about 4-6 minutes. Stir with a spatula so the seeds will not burn.
  • Pour the sesame seeds immediately in the oiled bowl and set aside to cool down.
  • In saucepan over medium heat mix in sugar, honey, water, lime juice and vanilla if using.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 5minutes.
  • Pour the honey mixture over the sesame and mix well to combine.
  • Pour the mixture over the parchment paper. Wet your hands with water and shape the sesame mixture into a square with the thickness you prefer.
  • Let it cool completely then cut into bars with a sharp knife.
  • Store in an air tight container at room temperature and separated by well oiled parchment paper.


  • If you do not have sesame oil you can use vegetable oil.
  • You can toast the sesame seeds in the oven but I prefer the skillet method to keep them from browning too much.
  • You can actually use this recipe for a variety of nuts and seeds. Examples are pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds...etc.


Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 2mg