Some flavour pairings are very familiar to us. Take chocolate and nuts for example. It’s everywhere you look, from the artisan hand crafted truffles to the cheap candy-store bar. You probably have thought of pairing honey and nuts. Being used to these flavours it so happens that often we crave for something different. Something completely new. Something that we haven’t tasted before.

Indeed, the thought of pairing tahini, chocolate and honey may never have entered your head. Until now. Until you taste them together. Then you will be in love.Put together the exciting bitterness of dark chocolate, the comforting nuttiness of the tahini and nuts, and the sweetness of honey and you have something truly unique. Oh and gluten free!

As always, we’re here to inspire you. So go ahead, gather your ingredients and as you are melting the dark chocolate think of how exciting experimenting can be. And you know what they say, once you’ve tried something so exciting, you are already on the other side.
For a small tray you will need:

140g tahini
60g honey
100g dark chocolate (we used 85%)
40g pistachios, walnuts or other nuts
200g oats

In a saucepan on very low heat or using a bain-marie melt the chocolate, tahini and honey. Be very careful not to burn the ingredients. Remove from the heat and add the nuts. Stir with a wooden spoon. Add the oats and stir until all oats are covered in chocolate and mixture is compact. Place in a baking tray and press the mixture firmly together. Let it cool. Once cooled down, cut in the shape of your choosing (rectangular, squares). Savour with your eyes closed.



Let me introduce it to you

You may find it with different names: Sesame seed candy/ bar/crunch, sesame nougat or παστέλι in Greek and different textures, from chewy to crisp. Usually consists of sesame seeds, sugar or honey (but ours are made with sesame and honey, only) and sometimes contains various nuts.

Let me deconstruct it for you 

I am pretty sure you’re familiar with the health benefits of honey; as an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal substance and an energy resource, of course. Sesame’s nutty flavour, adds texture to baked goods and ground sesame seeds make delicious spreads such as hummus, tahini and sesame butter. The seeds are a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and also a very good source of copper and manganese; very low in cholesterol and sodium; an alkaline food that supports bone and blood vessel health. They offer the most of the nutritional value when the entire seed is used (un-hulled).

Interesting facts and a famous phrase

Sesame snacks mixed with honey or syrup are favoured from the Middle East through South Asia to East Asia. Especially in the Indian cuisine, the Assamese tilor laru is a breakfast snack and the Maharashtran tilgul ladoo is associated with the festival of Mahar Sankranti. In Japanese cuisine, goma-dofu is made from sesame paste and starch.

Apparently, the famous phrase “Open Sesame” in the story of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” in One Thousand and One Nights may be inspired by the opening of the fruit capsule, which unlocks the valuable sesame seeds.

So, what are you waiting for? Come and try our delicious snack bars with sesame and honey or sesame, honey, linseed, raisin, almond and hazelnut. When combined with a cup of our olive leaf tea or freshly brewed coffee, a smile on your face is guaranteed!