An easy and delicious chocolate honeycomb candy recipe – this is a traditional European candy that is perfect for a Christmas candy tin! It’s so easy to make, and it’s very delicious.
- 2 tablespoon water
- 3 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Add water, honey, brown sugar, and corn syrup to a medium-sized sauce pan.
- Place a candy thermometer into the pot (make sure it doesn't touch the side or bottom of the pan), and bring the mixture to a boil, constantly stirring.
- Stir until it reaches 300 degrees. This takes about 10-15 minutes, but once it hits about 275 degrees, it gets to 300 really fast, so make sure you don't take your eyes off of it.
- Once it hits 300 degrees, remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda.
- Immediately pour onto a greased piece of wax paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Pour chocolate chips on top and spread across the top with a rubber spatula.
- Place in refrigerator until chocolate is hardened.
- Break into pieces.
Have you ever heard of honeycomb candy? I sure hadn’t until about a week ago when I was trying to figure out how to make a copycat version of my favorite ice cream (which I’ll be sharing tomorrow!) When I saw “honeycomb crunch” listed in the ingredients, I started googling it. Apparently it’s a European candy, and it is sometimes called sponge candy as well. When I realized that the only way I was going to get a hold of it was by ordering it online – Walmart has it, but only in bulk, and on Amazon it’s quite a bit more than I really want to spend on chocolate (or finding a European candy store…which Salt Lake has, but I couldn’t find anywhere in Denver), I figured I should try and make it myself.
Thankfully, it’s a very easy treat to make. It takes a little bit of patience as you wait for the candy to get to 300 degrees farenheit, but it’s worth the wait. I found a couple different recipes, but they all seemed to contradict each other…so I just kind of experimented, and I was very pleased with the results. Honeycomb candy is kind of like a toffee. In fact, for the longest time, I thought that my favorite ice cream had chocolate covered toffee pieces in it! It has a slight honey flavor to it, and when it is covered in chocolate, it’s absolutely delicious.
My first batch turned out great, but I made the mistake of not greasing the wax paper (I know, rookie mistake), so it dried on there, and it was inedible because of the wax stuck to it. The second time around, I used my silicone baking mats, and it worked perfectly. So, if you don’t have silicone baking mats, just make sure you grease your wax paper.
I think this would be a delicious candy to give out at Christmas-time, and it’s really so easy to make. It’s kind of fun to see it all bubble up when you add the baking soda. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the delicious ice cream that inspired me to even make this chocolate honeycomb candy recipe!