Halva (Sesame Seed Fudge)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a nice treat from the Middle East. Makes a nice gift too.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook sugar and milk in a sauce pot over medium heat to just under the soft-ball stage (203 degrees F).
  2. Remove from heat and add Tahini and vanilla but do not stir.
  3. Wait 2 minutes.
  4. Beat the mixture with a paddle or spoon for a few seconds.
  5. Pour into a small buttered pan.


Most Helpful

i can't thank you enough for the recipe, i've been searching the net for months for this very recipe, this is how we make halva in iraq and there are few famous chefs who make it and they never give away the recipe of it so it was kind of a clue for me. i used 1 cup confectioners sugar and 1 cup brown sugar and didn,t put the vanilla and after i poured it in the pan i sprinkled the top with coarsley chopped walnuts, this is how you get it from the confectioners shop, it really adds a special flavour to it. i made it kind of thin and beated the mixture for about 3 minutes and poured it while still kind of soft and left it to dry out for about 8-10 hours.now it really resembles the halva we buy.thanks alot.

hoda February 05, 2008

Thank you for this recipie! I didn't have enough brown sugar, so I substituted 1 cup of confectioners suger... heated to softball stage (230 degrees). The taste was very much like what I used to buy in the Jewish Deli's back in NY. Next time I make it, will use a bit of oil from the tahini to grease the pan (instead of butter). May also try it using 2 cups confectioners sugar, to really isolate the character of the tahini. Thank you so much for this quick, easy, delicious treat!

Note: my tahini was old (oil had seperated to the top, sesame was a rock hard cake at the bottom of the tin). Dumped the whole can into a food processor and came out with a very smooth blend. It worked well with this reipie - very easy to mix into the cooked sugar.

jlerner January 04, 2012

I thought I followed the recipe closely, but the finished dish just didn't seem right to me. It firmed up nicely, but was very grainy, as if the sugar had never dissolved. It was very rich, with the firmness of fudge. My daughter & I weren't too crazy about the flavor of the tahini, but my husband & son enjoyed it. All in all, I might try this again just to see if I did it wrong the first time, but not too often.

LilBit6_2 July 31, 2011

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