Easy to Make Homemade Honeycomb Candy

This easy to make Homemade Honeycomb recipe makes the most delicious salted caramel candy that can be added to cake, ice cream, cookies, or even coated in chocolate for the perfect holiday neighbor gift!

Ingredients You Need for Honeycomb Candy

This easy to make Homemade Honeycomb Candy is made with just a few simply ingredients:

  • granulated sugar: I doubt this ingredient will surprise you since it’s in every candy recipe I can think of! You’ll be boiling the sugar with water and corn syrup, like like my caramel sauce recipe.
  • water: this helps the sugar dissolve and will cook out as the sugar cooks.
  • dark or golden corn syrup: this is another element in candy making. The dark corn syrup provides a little sweetness, a little bitterness, color, and aids in preventing crystallization.
  • honey: adds flavor
  • baking soda: this one is a must, so don’t forget it or try to replace it. This is what gets the honeycomb to foam up and create the texture. As with cakes, make sure your baking soda is fresh. (Nothing older than 6 months.)
  • cream of tartar: acids acidity and ensures you get an even frothiness to the mixture

How to Make Homemade Honeycomb

  • Prep your ingredients: before you get started, it’s best to have all of your ingredients measured and ready to go so you’re not scrambling to measure ingredients when your candy reaches the desired temperature. Make sure to all line your 8-inch x 8-inch baking pan with parchment before you get started too. You’ll want the parchment to go up the sides a little ways. The honeycomb will grow over the height of the pan if it’s 2-inches or shorter.
  • Heat sugar, corn syrup, honey and water over the stove: combine the water, sugar, corn syrup, and honey in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to combine the sugar and then let the mixture cook on it’s own. Do not continue to stir. Just like caramel sauce, the mixture will crystalize if you stir it while it cooks. Cook the mixture until it reaches 300 degrees F. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in baking soda and cream of tartar: once the mixture reaches 300 degrees F, stir in the baking soda and cream of tartar using a wooden spoon. Don’t stir too much, just about 20 to 30 seconds, until there are no streaks of baking powder remaining.
  • Pour into pan and let cool: immediately pour the candy into the prepared pan and allow to cool completely. This will take 1 to 2 hours.
  • Break into pieces: when the honeycomb is cooled, break it into pieces and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Ways to Use Homemade Honeycomb

Honeycomb can be used in so many different ways.

  • Cake
  • Buttercream
  • Cookies
  • Ice cream
  • Dipped in chocolate

Homemade Honeycomb Candy Recipe

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Ingredients
 

  • 1 3/4 cups (350 g) granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup (218 g) dark or golden corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) water
  • 1 tbsp. (21 g) honey
  • 2 1/2 tsp. (10 g) baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. (2 g) cream of tartar

Instructions
 

  • Before you get started, measure ingredients and line your baking pan with parchment paper. You'll want the parchment to go up the sides a little ways. The honeycomb will grow over the height of the pan if it's 2-inches or shorter.
  • Combine the water, sugar, corn syrup, and honey in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to combine the sugar and then let the mixture cook on it's own. Do not continue to stir. Just like caramel sauce, the mixture will crystalize if you stir it while it cooks. Cook the mixture until it reaches 300 degrees F. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in the baking soda and cream of tartar using a wooden spoon. Don't stir too much, just about 20 to 30 seconds, until there are no streaks of baking powder remaining.
  • Immediately pour the candy into the prepared pan and allow to cool completely. This will take 1 to 2 hours.
  • When the honeycomb is cooled, break it into pieces and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
Cuisine Candy
Course Dessert
Keyword Caramel Candy, Honeycomb, Honeycomb Candy, Toffee Candy

Courtney Rich

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