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Homemade Vegan Hanukkah Gelt

Easy Homemade Hanukkah Gelt (vegan + paleo)

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  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 50 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Make your own candy with this Easy Homemade Hanukkah Gelt! This is a really fun way to get kids involved in the kitchen while creating a Hanukkah treat that's vegan, paleo, and free of refined sugar. Customize each piece of gelt with any of your favorite toppings!


  • 1 cup vegan dark chocolate (I love Hu brand for vegan and refined sugar-free) [use code ELAINE20 for 20 % discount]


    1 batch of my homemade vegan chocolate recipe

Optional Topping Ideas:

  • Flaked sea salt
  • Unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut
  • Sliced almonds
  • Dried cranberries
  • Freeze fried fruit, crushed
  • Peppermint candy/candy canes, crushed up
  • Cacao nibs


  1. Place chocolate in a microwave safe measuring cup with pour spout.  Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Stir until smooth.  Alternatively, make a batch of my homemade vegan chocolate and use the liquid chocolate before it sets.  
  2. Once chocolate is completely melted and smooth, pour or spoon just a small amount into the bottom of a silicone muffin tray.  You can use any size muffin tray but make sure it is silicone.  If you do not have a silicone muffin tray you can use paper muffin liners in a pinch!  
  3. If using the silicone muffin tin, be sure to only coat the bottom of each muffin cavity (about 1/4 of an inch thick or less).  Sprinkle on any toppings if desired.  I usually just leave the gelt plain but you can have fun experimenting with different toppings if desired.  See the ingredient list above for suggestions.
  4. Place the muffin tin in the refrigerator for an hour to let the chocolate harden.  Place in the freezer to speed up the hardening process.  Once the chocolate is fully hardened, pop each piece of chocolate gelt out of the silicone muffin tin mold.
  5. Wrap each piece of chocolate gelt in foil candy wrappers if desired. This is a fun step to do with children.  They love to help! 
  6. Place the wrapped candy in small gold pouch candy bags if desired.  Serve the chocolate gelt at room temperature or straight out of the refrigerator (my husband loves it cold).
  7. Store leftover candy in an airtight container for up to two months.  Freeze for up to six months.
  8. Use this homemade gelt in my Hanukkah Gelt Cookies.


If you do not have a mold you can just drop a small spoonful of melted chocolate on a parchment lined baking sheet and shape the chocolate into small circles with your spoon or a mini spatula.  

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Category: Candy
  • Method: Freezer