Sunday, July 17, 2011

Chocolate Honeycomb.

I was at home recently and after a conversation with my wife decided to make some Honeycomb, or cinder toffee as she calls it. I'd never made it before and as an Irish person that closest you're going to get to this is a Crunchie bar unless you had someone to make it for you as a kid.
I looked up some recipes online and mixed and matched them to come up with my recipe. The first time I attempted it, it didn't turn out all that well, as the sugar I used was a little too dark and I neglected to use my sugar thermometer to keep tabs on the temperature and in the end the toffee was close to burned with an unpleasant bitter flavour. Not to be disheartened I tried again a few days later and it turned out great, this time I even went and covered the whole lot in chocolate which takes it to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Cinder Toffee in chocolate.
250g caster sugar
110g golden syrup
1 tsp vanilla
45ml water
1/2 tbsp bicarb of soda

chocolate, I used lidl dark for the adults and some lidl milk chocolate for my three year old.

Sugar thermometer. It's very helpful to have one when working with sugar, although not necessary if you know how to judge hard from soft crack using a glass of water, read up on it if you wish.

Start off by lining a tray of some description, I used an oven tray, with greaseproof paper and then oil it gently, if you have some spray oil that's best. Set the lined tray aside.
It's an easy enough recipe, combine all the ingredients, except the chocolate, in a saucepan add the thermometer and then boil the mixture without stirring, (REALLY DON'T STIR IT, YOU'LL RUIN IT) you want to get it to the hard crack stage (154c) and then take it off the heat.

Once you have done this you then need to get it close to the lined tray and add the Bicarb, mix it in well but don't go crazy with stirring, once you see it's puffed up as much as it will then pour it into the tray.

If you overwork it once it's had the bicarb added you will knock the air out of it, so rather less stirring than too much or you'll end up with a very hard end product with no bubbles in it.

Once it's all been poured into the tray then don't touch it again or it'll collapse.
Set it aside to cool.
Once cooled throw a tea towel over the top of the tray to keep everything in there and then whack the lot with a rolling pin, my three year old loved this part of helping.

Pour that lot out into another container. It's ready now if you wish to eat it plain, but I like it with chocolate on it, so on to that preparation.
Put some greaseproof paper on a cake rack and set it aside.
Add some chocolate to a double boiler, I use a pyrex bowl over a pot of water, don't let the bowl touch the water, and melt the chocolate.

Once melted simply dip the toffee into the chocolate and then put it on the rack to cool, it's best if you can stick it in the fridge after a few minutes to cool it properly and allow the chocolate to get properly firm.

Once cooled it's ready to go. I pack it in jars similar to Mason jars and put it in the fridge to keep.

The toffee has a huge affinity for water, so if you leave it out and exposed it will start to absorb atmospheric water and will effectively melt into a messy stain of sticky toffee, so deal with it within a half an hour of making by getting it into some airtight container for storage.


  1. Wow looks fab Eoin, looks easy enough but have had trouble working with sugar before so reckon you're right with the thermometer. My kids would love it!! E

  2. mmmmm - delicious!

    What temp is Hard Crack?

  3. Btw if I don't have bicarb will baking powder do?

  4. Well I'm not sure what the acid in the baking powder will do, make it sour possibly? It's worth a shot though.
    Scale the ingredients right down to maybe 50g sugar and a tbsp of water for a test.
    @Will Hard Crack is 154C, Ill go back and add that fact thanks.

  5. It looks fabulous..and very tasty!!! If you are adding the backing powder instead of using bicarb then make sure that the acid of the baking powder will not make the taste sour..

  6. Great food recipe this one!! Have seen something similar in a cafe before, but this looks like it would turn out much better!

    Will have to give it a try soon! for Great Deals on Awesome Meals!

  7. oh my good this looks devine i really must give this a go! ;)

  8. Oh my gosh, this is literally my idea of heaven. You are a genius for thinking of this..!

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