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Dubai-Inspired Chocolate Bar

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Dubai-inspired/Kanafeh-inspired Chocolate Bar Is a delicious way to blend rich chocolate with Middle Eastern flavors. My unique twist- crunchy Halvah filling.

Feel free to double or triple the recipe.

Dubai-Inspired Chocolate Bar, white and dark chocolate bars on a white plate

Ingredients Overview

*The full recipe is in the recipe card below!

High-Quality Chocolate: Depending on your preference, you can choose milk, white, or dark chocolate. Make sure it’s chopped into small pieces for easier melting.

Neutral Oil: Use a neutral oil like canola to help smooth out the chocolate.

Chocolate: You can use any chocolate chips you want or even chop up a chocolate bar and toss it in.

Tahini and Honey: Tahini and honey combine to create the Halvah flavor.

Shredded Phyllo (Kataifi): Shredded phyllo, also known as Kataifi, is a type of dough used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. It resembles very thin strands of shredded wheat and is made from the same dough as traditional phyllo pastry. Kataifi is often used in both sweet and savory dishes, providing a unique texture and flavor.

Where to Buy Shredded Phyllo (Kataifi)?

Supermarkets: Look for Kataifi in the frozen food section, often near other frozen dough products like phyllo sheets and puff pastry.

Specialty Stores: Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, or Greek grocery stores frequently carry Kataifi.

Online: You can also purchase it from online retailers that specialize in international foods or through major online marketplaces.


Chocolate molds: Specially designed to shape melted chocolate into various forms. They come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, including hearts, stars, geometric patterns, and more intricate designs.

Offset spatula: Ideal for spreading the melted chocolate on top.

Pastry brush (optional): To spread the melted chocolate in the mold.


How to store the Dubai-Inspired Chocolate Bar?

Store the chocolate bars in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. If you live in a warm climate, you might need to refrigerate the chocolate bar.

What can I use to mold my homemade chocolate bar?

You can use silicone molds and plastic molds, or you can even improve with items like ice cube trays or baking pans. Make sure whatever you use is clean and dry before pouring in the chocolate. I used silicon molds.

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Dubai-Inspired Chocolate Bar, white and dark chocolate bars on a white plate

Dubai-Inspired Chocolate Bar

Author Rachel
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Yield 1 bar
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A delicious way to blend rich chocolate with Middle Eastern flavors. I highly recommend doubling or tripling the recipe. To double or triple the recipe is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Kosher, Dairy


  • 5.3 oz (150g) high-quality chocolate (milk/white/dark) chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon neutral oil like canola
  • 1/2 cup shredded phyllo/kataifi cut into small pieces (thawed if using from frozen)
  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) butter
  • 2 Tablespoons tahini paste (raw tahini)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey


  • Place chocolate and oil in a heatproof bowl. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between.
  • Heat butter in a frying pan.
  • Add the shredded phyllo and fry until golden and crispy. Be careful; it burns fast.
  • Allow the fried phyllo to cool down for 15 minutes.
  • Mix the tahini paste and honey with the fried phyllo.
  • Pour half of the melted chocolate into a chocolate mold, spreading it evenly with a spatula or a brush.
  • Pop the mold in the fridge or freezer for 10 to 15 minutes until hard.
  • Take the mold out and fill the chocolate mold with the phyllo mixture almost all the way to the top.
  • Cover the filling entirely with more melted chocolate.
  • Place the chocolate in the refrigerator for about 1-2 hours, or until fully set.
  • Once set, peel out of the mold and enjoy! Keep in a cool, dark place or in the refrigerator.
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  1. These cookies are so good! My son asks for them all of the time! They’re easy to make and feel more healthy than a regular chocolate chip cookie because of their awesome amazing tahini addition!