Jennifer Garner’s Homemade Snickers Took 2 Days to Make, but They Turned Out to Be Totally Worth It

published Mar 14, 2023
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Jennifer Garner attends the Red Carpet Premiere of STARZ's "Party Down" Season 3 at Regency Bruin Theatre on February 22, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
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You probably know by now that we’re big fans of Jennifer Garner’s Pretend Cooking Show — the charming video series where the 50-year-old actress whips up mouth-watering recipes and tells us all about them (with a few good laughs in the process). While she’s kept us yearning for more with recipes like cinnamon toast and two-ingredient maple butter, most recently, the mom of three took on a belaboring — but apparently, totally worth it — take on one of our favorite candy bars. 

In a recent Instagram reel, Garner let us into her two-day process of making Chocolate Coconut Bars by Half Baked Harvest — or as she describes them, “vegan Snickers” (that is, as long as you eat honey). The recipe involves vegan caramel composed of coconut milk, sugar, and honey — plus layers of chocolate, peanut butter, cashews, coconut, and dates. (Is your mouth watering yet?)

The entire process took just under 12 hours, because the bars have to sit in the fridge and harden overnight, and Garner seems visibly stressed at points in the process. Apparently, she’s made caramel before, but not a “coconut situation,” but as you could guess, the recipe is a winner. The 13 Going on 30 star deems the recipe “a success” that took “a lot of effort”, and a fellow actor’s compliments made the grueling journey even more worthwhile after sharing the finished product with fellow actor Ed Helms — who’s co-starring in the upcoming Netflix film Family Leave — said he loved the bars, too.

Here’s the full recipe, if you have the guts (and time) to try it out yourself. Not feeling as motivated as Garner? Try these cherry-filled chocolate bars, which also require zero baking, or this fancy chocolate no-bake chocolate tart.