Golden Goodness: Crispy ‘Honeycomb’ Confection

| December 1, 2009

With the holiday season in full swing, I find myself craving anything blissfully sweet.

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On a recent trip to the international/specialty food store, Dean and Deluca, I found a jar of Lyle’s Golden Syrup.  Blissfully sweet?  An understatement.

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Disclaimer:  If you are trying to lose weight or hope to refrain from indulging in overtly sugary food items this holiday, I suggest you stop reading now.  But if you are looking to be whisked away by the magnificence of this simple, yet extraordinarily delectable confection, please continue.

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Golden syrup, an amber-colored, lava-like sweetener, is ubiquitous in the United Kingdom and a familiar mainstay in pantries across the country.  While regularly used to drown buttery pancakes/waffles or spread on toast, I used it to make a slightly sticky, crunchy, ‘honeycomb’ candy – something very reminiscent of another English confectionery, the Cadbury Crunchie.

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With its sunset, brown-orange hue, your mouth explodes with multiple sensations as you bite down into this crispy, airy, melt-on-your-tongue concoction.   The list of ingredients may be simple, but they offer up a substance with toasty, nutty, buttery undertones and a complimentary maple-honey depth of flavor,

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Make this recipe with your kids or give it to a loved one during this holiday season.  Enjoy!

Honeycomb Confection
Adapted from Nigella Lawson’s Hokey Pokey Recipe


3 tablespoons of Golden Syrup (can find online or at specialty stores)
½ cup of light brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoon of baking soda, sifted


In a saucepan and off the heat, mix the golden syrup and the brown sugar until sugar is coated with syrup.  Turn heat onto medium-low.  Do NOT mix the sugar/syrup.  Do NOT touch the sugar/syrup.  Allow the mixture to become liquid/come to a boil, about 4-5 minutes.

Once the mixture is bubbling and is a dark and has an almost burnt complexion (you can drop some of the mixture into a glass of water – if the mixture immediately solidifies into a ball, the mixture is at the right temperature), take off the heat and vigorously/immediately stir in the baking soda.

Pour the mixture on a silpat or parchment paper and allow to set.  Once it is set up (about 20 minutes)/hard, break into pieces using a rolling pin or a hammer!  Then eat!

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  1. Belinda says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. This seems almost too easy. Is this a present? For me?

  2. Christine says:

    Wow! This is a very interesting candy!

  3. Hazeleva says:

    I haven’t made or eaten honeycomb in more years than I’d care to mention but I must confess to having filled the gaps with Cadbury’s Crunchie Bars! These pictures are so delectable and I just happen to have a can of Golden Syrup and some brown sugar in the cupboard. Oh dear, do I feel temptation coming on!!!!

  4. MaryMoh says:

    wow…this candy looks so delicious and yet so simple to do. I have to be careful when watching TV and a jar of this in my hand. I’ll just finish all 😛

  5. Kat says:

    oh dear! i may also have to indulge. I am in the land of Golden Syrup after all…

  6. anncoo says:

    Looks so delicious~~Can’t wait to try this!

  7. What a scrumptious candy, I love it! Can’t wait to make it!

  8. Olive says:

    really tempting..thanks for giving a fair warning, I know one bite of this and it’ll be hard to stop..yum-yum!

  9. You know, I never had honeycomb candy until about a year ago – our grocery (Sprouts) has bulk bins and they have chocolate covered honeycomb. Let’s just say…that’s some addictive stuff! Now I need to forget I ever saw this, for the sake of my waistline!

  10. kristy says:

    Oh wow, Belinda, this looks great! Kind of healthy candy to me.

  11. Plumpest Peach says:

    This looks fantastic and I can’t wait to try it. My husband loves the cadbury crunchie and I was introduced to them a couple years ago. I have a tin of golden syrup that I have been saving for…apparently this.

    Cheers, Jess

  12. Ann says:

    Yummy! This looks delicious! It’s weird, but everytime I watch Seinfeld I see his box of Honeycomb cereal on his shelf and then I feel like buying a box (which I don’t) or eating something similar, like just toast with honey- but this looks far far better:)

  13. Simply Life says:

    wow! this look sooo good!

  14. Amy says:

    This sounds like a wonderful confection! I’ll bet the texture is amazing :)!