The old-school dessert people are making again - and they can't get enough!

When you're not allowed out during isolation, it's not un-surprising that people turn to childhood favourite foods for comfort.

In fact, Internet search data has shown that searches for recipes for everyone's favourite, homemade honeycomb, have sky-rocketed. 

So forget your air fryer fried ice cream and Bailey's Dalgona coffee, think old-school for the dessert you would like to cook tonight. 



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Aussies may have grown up calling it cinder toffee or hokey pokey, but no matter it was called, you knew it was a delicious textural sensation.

The basic recipe to make honeycomb is pretty straightfroward:


450g granulated sugar

300ml water

4 tablespoons of vinegar

½ level tsp of bicarbonate of soda


1. Butter or oil a tin measuring 12 inch by 4inch or 7inch square tin.

2.In a deep heavy based saucepan, dissolve the sugar in the water, which has been mixed with the vinegar.

3. Bring to boiling point and then boil gently to a soft crack temperature. Use a sugar thermometer in the toffee – the temperature will be 141 C or 285 F.

4.Take from the heat and then add the bicarbonate of soda, stir thoroughly and then pour into your prepared tin.

5. When half set, mark out squares with a knife. This will make it a lot easier to break up when properly set.

And then you can really jazz up that dessert into something special! Add some unexpected flavours, like a simple teaspoon of ginger, or chilli flakes and almonds.

The heat of the chilli or the ginger cuts through the sweetness of the honeycomb and instantly turns a childhood treat into a grown-up snack.

So get out your sugar thermometer, we've found some other recipes for honeycomb you might just love - crunchy, munchy and most definitely more-ish, this lovely toffee will satisfy any sweet tooth! 

Paul West's Easy River Cottage Honeycomb

River Cottage Australia's Paul West reveals,  "I don't know who's happier when I make these crunchy, airy treats - my dentist or me. It's easy and fun to make, as long as you get the temperature just right!"


And this one is a real treat if you have a sweet tooth!

Kirsten Tibballs' chocolate honeycomb


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