Nigella's sweet and salty

The Food Network is played in my flat pretty much constantly and over the Christmas period Nigella seemed to be on so much, it almost felt like she spent Christmas with us! I know most of her recipes by heart now but one that popped up recently that I hadn’t noticed before, was for her Sweet and Salty Crunchy Nut Bars. Chocolate melted with butter and syrup and then poured into a bowl of salted peanuts and crushed Crunchie bars….amazing. First my mouth started watering, then my tummy started rumbling and I knew I had to make them.

The beauty of this recipe is that it is so easy to get your hands on the ingredients, it takes minutes to make then they just need to be chilled in the fridge. Anyone can do this and your friends will LOVE you for making them.

200g/7oz dark chocolate
100g/3.5oz milk chocolate
125g/4.4oz butter
3 tbsp golden syrup
250g/8.8oz salted peanuts
6 x 40g Crunchie bars
1 baking or foil tray, approximately 30 x 20 x 5 cm. (if using a baking tray, line with parchment or greaseproof paper)


In a saucepan, break up the chocolates into pieces and add the butter and golden syrup. Melt gently under low heat.

Tip the peanuts into a bowl and crush the Crunchie bars on top of them.


Take the melted chocolate mix off the heat and pour over the peanuts and crushed Crunchie bars then mix together and pour into the prepared tin.



Smooth the top of the mixture and make sure it gets into all the corners.


Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or until its set, then cut into as many pieces as you like.  I went for 24.

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And that’s it! What could be simpler?

Nigella's sweet and salty

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These are seriously good. The salt in the peanuts balances out the sweetness of the chocolate and the honeycomb beautifully.

So easy, so fattening but oh SO good! But I warn you, they’re totally addictive. You can’t just stop at one.

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  • Reply mrsmjs 9th January 2013 at 9:41 am

    I am putting on weight just reading this recipe and looking at the pictures! Nigella certainly knows how to use the healthy stuff but we all need that at times! Think I will have to wait until Easter for an excuse to try this chocolatey heaven….I will wait mantra now be repeated in head!

    • Reply A Spoonful Of Sugar 9th January 2013 at 10:50 am

      Yes, its not really suitable for that January detox! But definitely make it at Easter. They are so good. Let me know if you like them.

  • Reply mrsmjs 9th January 2013 at 9:44 am

    Should of course read Unhealthy!!

  • Reply jmcvl 9th January 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Sod the January health kick. Nigella’s sweet and salty crunchy nut bars here I come!

  • Reply thebubblybaker 9th January 2013 at 1:00 pm

    That looks so good! It does sound like a heart attack in a pretty package but still, I’m bookmarking this recipe 🙂

    • Reply A Spoonful Of Sugar 9th January 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Yes, I think it would probably kill you in the end. But you’d die happy! 😉

  • Reply fortheloveofdessert 9th January 2013 at 2:41 pm

    This looks amazing! I have never seen a Crunchie bar before, so we must not have them in the US. Sigh.

    • Reply A Spoonful Of Sugar 9th January 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Oh no! I thought you would have them in the States. Its essentially chocolate covered honeycomb. Do you have anything like that? I guess you could make your own honeycomb and crumble it in. Its super easy to make –

      • Reply Jia-wen LEe 30th August 2013 at 1:22 am

        Thank you for the link, I was scratching my head about the honeycomb as all the commerical ones all use wheat glucose and my hubby on GF diet. He loves chocolate, sometime I think more than he loves me! I am going to make this salty n sweet chocolate nut bar as a Father’s Day present for him. Thanks a million!

        • Reply A Spoonful Of Sugar 30th August 2013 at 4:56 pm

          Ah thanks for the feedback, I really hope your husband enjoys it. Let me know how it goes down. x

  • Reply testingnyc 9th January 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Omg, this is amazing! I can already imagine trying different versions with peanuts, almonds, nuts, cookies etc!

    • Reply A Spoonful Of Sugar 9th January 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Yeah me too! Just make sure you use salted nuts as you need the salt to balance out the sweetness.

      • Reply testingnyc 11th January 2013 at 6:04 pm

        I can handle the sweetness even if they are not salted. I grew up in a country where the sweets are very sweet. 🙂

  • Reply kerrycooks 9th January 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I have no words… just no words

  • Reply Alice 10th January 2013 at 2:56 pm

    This does look truly amazing; will bookmark for February 1st!

  • Reply Nikki Greig 10th January 2014 at 10:37 pm

    OMG, they are truly awesome……my cousin made them at a family party & I was truly smitten with them! Love, love, love…..❤❤❤❤❤

  • Reply Moira 21st January 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Do I need to lightly grease the pan first?

    • Reply A Spoonful Of Sugar 21st January 2014 at 5:02 pm

      You don’t need to, you can just put the baking parchment/greaseproof paper in the tin and then add the mix into it. If you lightly grease the tin beforehand, it just makes it easier for the paper to ‘grip’ the tin when you’re pouring the mix in. But its not necessary.

  • Reply FranziskaFranziska 22nd January 2014 at 7:55 pm

    People went crazy over them last year when I made them. They are seriously addictive. I’ve just made batch to give to my friends as a treat!

  • Reply Lynne Dent 19th June 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Had these delicious goodies at Lincoln ladies invitation day {golf).They made up for the rubbish l played…..lovely!!

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  • Reply JO 29th January 2016 at 9:10 pm

    this recipe is AMAZING! my personal trainer gave me some he made over the christmas period. he gives it to all his clients so he can be sure he’ll have them in the new year! I AM HOOKED!!!!!

    • Reply spoonfulofsugar 29th January 2016 at 9:11 pm

      It’s a favourite of mine too. It makes me very popular when I take it to friends houses! 😉

  • Reply Stephen Mead 5th August 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Agree with everyone here. People go NUTS when I make these things. Sometimes right out of the blue, people will ask me if I am making another batch soon! My top tip though is that they turn out absolutely great just using sainsburys 50p bars of chocolate. Noone has ever mentioned or questioned the difference between this and the super expensive Green and Blacks bars, trust me.

  • Reply Sue 27th November 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Love the Nigela crunchy bars recipe. Made these so many times and they are delish. thank you!

  • Reply Julie Marchetti 19th January 2019 at 6:05 pm

    My husband made these today after trying someone else’s, OMG, they are sooooooo delicious, does anyone know how long they keep?

  • Reply emma 26th April 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Love this recipe thank you. Do the bars have to be kept in the fridge or will they be ok in a tin?

  • Reply Joe Besee 16th September 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Yes, a colleague introduced me to these a few years ago and I have made them many times since then. Like Stephen Mead I have experimented with different flavours / quality of chocolate and all have been successful. Would recommend cutting them into slices before they have finally set in the fridge. Very simple delicious recipe and never have any complaints.

  • Reply Ally Turner 2nd May 2020 at 8:37 am

    I’ve made this several times now and love it. Couple of family members don’t like salted nuts of any kind so wondering what you might suggest as a substitute?

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