Chocolate Swirled Cranberry Halva

Halva is a sweet sesame candy that is easy to make, and perfect for an edible gift for the holidays!  This one has chocolate swirled into it and cranberries to make it festive but you could add in other mix-ins as well such as white chocolate, pistachios or other dried chopped fruits!  It happens to be vegan and gluten free as well!

Author: Amy Lyons O’Neil

Amy has worked for Fresh and Natural Foods since 2006 contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan food and recipe blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She has also written 3 cookbooks. She specializes in vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local, fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.



  1. Line an 8×8 inch square pan with parchment (letting it go up the sides as well).
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine the tahini, sea salt, vanilla and 1/4 cup of the cranberries and mix until well blended.  Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan with a candy thermometer in it, combine the sugar and water over medium high heat, and stir to dissolve the sugar.  Bring to a boil, and allow to cook while stirring occasionally so it does not burn, until it turns golden brown and reaches 250F degrees.
  4. When it reaches the proper temperature, pour into the halva mixture in a thin stream while stirring constantly until it is just blended, then quickly stir in 1/4 cup of the the chocolate chips until they forms streaks in it (you don’t want to over-mix or it will become crumbly).
  5. Dump the halva into the prepared pan, and press into it evenly.  Sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips and cranberries and press them into it to adhere them.
  6. Place the halva in the refrigerator and allow to chill and set for a couple hours until it is firm.
  7. Cut into pieces, and enjoy, or package up for gift giving!

Keeps for 1 month in the refrigerator.


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Recipe Type

  • Dairy-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Course Type

  • Dessert

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Easy