Honeycomb

Honeycomb

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins - 15 mins Plus setting

Easy

Makes a 20cm square chunk

Making your own caramel requires care and attention, but the resulting bubbly crunchy cinder toffee is worth it

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (12)

  • kcal94
  • fat0.3g
  • saturates0.2g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.5g
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Ingredients

  • butter, for greasing
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 5 tbsp golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a clear, sparkling, golden-amber coloured, sweet

  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

Method

  1. Grease a 20cm square tin with the butter. Mix the caster sugar and syrup in a deep saucepan and stir over a gentle heat until the sugar has melted. Try not to let the mixture bubble until the sugar grains have disappeared. Once completely melted, turn up the heat a little and simmer until you have an amber coloured caramel (this won’t take long), then as quickly as you can turn off the heat, tip in the bicarbonate and beat in with a wooden spoon until it has all disappeared and the mixture is foaming. Scrape into the tin immediately but be careful as the mixture will be very hot.

  2. The mixture will continue bubbling in the tin, simply leave it and in about 1 hr- 1 hr 30mins the honeycomb will be hard and ready to crumble or snap into chunks.

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Claire Fitzpatrick
3rd Dec, 2017
First time I swapped bicarb. For bread soda as I had no bicarb. Definitely not interchangable! Second time turned out well but tasted a little burnt (tasted like the Crunchy Bar). Third time I was lazy and doubled up the recipe... flat as a pancake. Going to attempt for a 4th time tonight!
Muzzler
10th Nov, 2017
0.05
This was a complete disaster and am still cleaning up the mess 24 hours later. Be very sparing with the Bicarbonate - when I mixed it in had the same effect as shaking a bottle of champagne and opening it I now have caramel everywhere
jon54
16th Oct, 2017
Making honeycomb was a fun lesson back when I was teaching high school science. Following instructions, generation of CO2 from bicarbonates when heated, expansion of hot gases, burning of the tongue when impatience leads to early consumption. All carried out using a disposable tin can to save on clean up.
Chiffon1
8th May, 2017
5.05
My first try was a disaster because I was in a hurry and did not get my syrup hot enough - MY BAD. My 2nd try - I paid more attention getting my syrup to the brittle stage as I do not have a sugar thermometer. SUCCESS !! I even sent the recipe to my daughter. My husband just loved it. ALTHOUGH - next time - I shall use less Bicarb. I will DEFINETLY do this again. Have added this recipe to my tried and tested file. Thank you :-) I am impressed with your recipe and myself.
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caitlintitley
24th Nov, 2016
5.05
Used this recipe countless times for my A-Level Food coursework and it's worked every time. I mixed it into homemade ice-cream and it was amazing!! Store in an air-tight container otherwise.
Meetsy
2nd Oct, 2016
Made Honeycomb for the first time today using this recipe, followed it closely and it was perfect, I doubted my own capabilities, but there was no need, now I can make this for our fund-raising bonfire/BBQ event and sell it in little cellophane bags, along with fudge and coconut ice. The key is jam/sugar thermometer, you won't go wrong if you use one, for fudge also.
JoanneMackay78
13th Apr, 2016
Made this the 1st time and worked great!! Second and third time I tried it ended up a sticky mess. Then tried as another person commented and made sure sugar was a lot hotter and again worked great. Thank you ambr
aprilx987
7th Apr, 2016
3.8
Delicious! And so easy, i coated mine in chocolate, tastes like home made crunchy! Lovely x
Meetsy
2nd Oct, 2016
Did you use cooking chocolate or normal chocolate bars?
Cw179
13th Feb, 2016
I didn't get this right until my 6th attempt (I'm not a quitter) the sugar just didn't seem to dissolve and it would burn before I could get that far. I had it on the smallest hob ring on the lowest heat for about 15 minutes bubbling away before the sugar dissolved, I then turned the heat up abit so it was vigorously bubbling for about a minute or two before adding the bicarbonate whipped it up abit and it came out perfect :)

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jhammerton
15th Feb, 2017
"Amber coloured" seems quite vague for something so sensitive; obviously a good few people are not really sure about this (including me!). What temperature should it get to before adding the bicarb?
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goodfoodteam
18th Feb, 2017
Thanks for your question. The temperature can be between 145 and 150C. At 145C it will be more chewy, 150C will be more brittle. Hope that helps!
sammy92walker
2nd Nov, 2016
How long would the honey comb keep for? I'm thinking this would be a great Christmas present but not sure it will keep if i make it too far in advance!
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goodfoodteam
3rd Nov, 2016
Hi there, yes it will keep in an airtight container for up to one week - cellophane bags would be fine. If you're looking for something you could make sooner, take a look at our edible gift recipe collection. We hope you find something you like!
Marissa lumley
5th Nov, 2017
5.05
This is an amazing recipe for anyone. If you do not have a candy thermometer that is okay I make fudge, toffee and Carmel without one just get a bowl of cold water and drop a tiny bit of the toffee into it, it should become brittle quickly This shows it is ready for the bicarbonate soda. you can also do this to check how much sugar has dissolved.
MissBThom
6th Dec, 2014
I find it is not best to make this on a warm day because the honeycomb will absorb the moisture in the air, making a chewy toffee rather than a crisp honeycomb. Instead save this recipe for when it is slightly chillier out, or if you're in a cold room