Failed Experiment Leads to Delicious New Spread!

4 recipes in and I’ve failed.

The great thing about failure is that sometimes a failure leads to an amazing new product and so halva spread is born.

Firstly, let’s figure out why it failed. That one’s easy, I woke up before my alarm with a craving for halva. In my bleary haze I tried to rectify one problem (using the wrong equipment and being too lazy to switch to the right equipment) with another (adding water).

Not wanting to waste the resulting half blended mush I tasted it and it was delicious, just nowhere near the texture of halva. This recipe makes nice little halva flavoured balls for a snack or a delicious spread which is a nice nutty alternative to peanut butter.


Halva Spread
makes 1 cup, 10 minutes

150g sesame seeds
3 tbs of honey (or agave for vegan option)
2 tbs water
1/4 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp rosewater (optional)
extra sesame seeds for rolling

Put the sesame seeds in a blender until partly blended, add remaining ingredients plus a tablespoon of water at a time, continue blending and adding water until the desired texture is achieved. Firmer mix is better for rolling.


To make little tasty halva balls, roll teaspoons of mix into balls and then roll in sesame seeds. Freeze to firm up for 30 minutes.


The halva balls and halva spread are super healthy, high in nutrients but be careful they are high in calories and delicious. Still, better to overdose on halva balls than candy.

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One Response to Failed Experiment Leads to Delicious New Spread!

  1. eatinggreener says:

    Mmmmm, sounds like an awesome “failure”! I haven’t had halva since I was in Turkey, but I think you’ve inspired me to try to make some myself =)

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