Here is basic recipe for Halvah: Ingredients

2 cups honey
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 1/2 cups unsalted pistachios or almonds
2 cups tahini 

If I were to drop ratio of honey to tahini to 1:2, what would the outcome be. One normally bring honey to soft-ball stage than fold in tahini.

I am attempting to make halvah with minimum about of sugar. Or, maximize other ingredient. e.g.: Double up almonds.

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    Is this just because you like the taste of almonds, or some other reason, e.g. to change the balance between honey & sugar, or… ?
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 6, 2021 at 19:29

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This is candy.

It is sugar cooked to a particular concentration with other things mixed in for texture and flavor. Low sugar candy is like low fat ice cream- a contradiction.

If you were to reduce the sugar in half compared to the other ingredients the product would have a harder time holding together. It wouldn't take too far before it was simply nut butter. Still tasty but not halvah.

Try it. You might like the outcome anyway and simply prefer a less sweet and less firm but more nutty spread. You might have to come up with a new name for it.

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    Halvella ? Nutvah ?
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 16:21

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