Day 5: Honeycomb
The boys and I are really enjoying this candy making project. Everyday is a new recipe or technique and it feels very much like a science experiment. The best part is that we can eat the results!
Today’s candy is something new for me. I have never had it or seen it in real life. The only places where I have seen this candy is on the internet. There were two recipes I was considering. The only difference between the two is that the first uses honey and the second uses maple syrup. The boys and I love maple syrup, so we decided to try that version.
There was not much liquid in the pan at first and I worried that the thermometer would not have enough to work with, but it bubbled up quite nicely after a few minutes.
The recipe was easy, but I ran across a couple of complications. First of all, once I added the baking soda, the mixture bubbled up quite a bit and came out of the pot all in one blob.
I tried to spread it out a bit.
But, I think I did it too much because it ended up looking a bit deflated (insert sad face here).
It is supposed to be more holey, I think.
I was willing to do it again. From start to finish it only took about 10 minutes and maybe 20 minutes to cool, so it is pretty quick. Also, I kind of wanted to try the honey version since that is the more traditional version. Unfortunately, it did not get great reviews once we started tasting. Like I said before, none of us had ever had this, so we have no point of reference. One or two of us thought it tasted burnt and I did not care for the pronounced baking soda flavor that accompanies it. It seems to better in small chunks and I have seen references to how delicious it is with chocolate, which we have not tried yet. However, because of the lukewarm reception it got from the tasters, I decided not to make it again. Maybe I will crush this one up and use it as an ice cream topping as well as my failed candied peanut attempt.
Anyway, tomorrow is another day! Leave a comment and, tell me, what is your favorite Christmas candy?