If you’re a chocolate honeycomb lover, you’ll do whatever you can to find a product that’s a little bit extraordinary. Whilst there are popular choc-honeycomb brands in the supermarkets, they’re not quite the same as what you find at the Chocolate Box, where our high-quality honeycomb comes covered in rich milk and dark choc, or uncoated! It also comes in mega packs of convenient bite-size pieces you can offer to family, friends and colleagues (in milk choc and dark choc versions), plus in a moreish Milk Honeycomb Rocky Road you can slice up and share.
So now we’ve let you know why the Chocolate Box chocolate honeycomb is superior, let’s talk more about honeycomb itself.
What makes honeycomb so good?
For those who aren’t familiar with choc honeycomb, let’s lay it out for you. Firstly, there’s delicious, creamy choc on the outside. Then there’s a gratifying crunch when you bite into the crunchy honeycomb inside, followed by a satisfying chew as the honeycomb moistens and turns sticky in your teeth.
If you’re a bite-through-the-whole-thing-at-once kind of person, you’ll enjoy the mix of choc and honey flavour in your mouth all at once. If you’re a person who nibbles the choc off the outside first, you’ll enjoy crunching the bare honeycomb at the end. Whichever way you choose to enjoy it, you are amongst friends at the Chocolate Box!
What is honeycomb?
Not to be confused with the honeycomb that comes from bees (although it tastes similar and gives your teeth a workout), confectionery honeycomb, or candy honeycomb, is made from either honey, or other types of sugars including brown sugar, golden syrup, corn syrup or molasses. It’s then mixed with baking soda, and sometimes vinegar, causing a reaction that creates bubbles of carbon dioxide that get trapped in the thick sugar mix. This makes the candy look like a sponge. When the liquid honeycomb cools, it turns into a hard, crunchy toffee. There’s nothing quite like it!
History and Origins of Chocolate Honeycomb
Versions of honeycomb exist in many parts of the world. In New Zealand, they call it ‘Hokey Pokey’ (Hokey Pokey ice cream is popular in kiwi ice-cream shops!). In Scotland, it’s called ‘Puff Candy’, and in the UK, ‘Cinder Candy’. In Hungary it’s ‘Turkish Honey’, and in different parts of the USA, it has names including ‘Fairy Food Candy’, ‘Angel Food Candy’, ‘Sponge Candy’, and ‘Old Fashioned Puff’!
As to its origins, there’s no certainty. Recipes appeared in the mid-late 1800’s in the UK and USA, but it’s likely honeycomb was first created further back than that.
How to Make Homemade Chocolate Honeycomb
As we mentioned above, honeycomb can be made using a range of honey and/or sugar products. Due to the difference in these ingredients, there’s no single recipe.
As for how to make honeycomb, it’s not too complicated, although it might be a bit messy! Here are two simple honeycomb recipes we’ve found using ingredients you likely have at home.
Homemade Honeycomb - This recipe from Taste.com.au uses a combination of sugar, honey, golden syrup, water and bicarbonate of soda for the honeycomb, with a melted chocolate coating. (For your version, swap out the chocolate from the recipe with some delicious, quality chocolate from Chocolate Box!)
How to make honeycomb from scratch - This simple recipe uses sugar, golden syrup, water and bicarbonate of soda.
If you can’t be bothered with the messy pots and pans, buy your honeycomb at Chocolate Box, either choc coated or bare! Easy!
Creative Recipes Using Chocolate Honeycomb
There’s no end to the number of things you can do with choc honeycomb. Simple uses are crumbling it over ice cream or over a moist cake icing, to give both desserts extra crunch and flavour. Here are some other great recipes:
Hokey Pokey ice cream - Here’s a recipe for the popular NZ favourite from Taste.com.au. This one involves softening your favourite vanilla ice cream and folding the crushed choc honeycomb through the mixture, before refreezing. It’s simple and delicious!
White Chocolate honeycomb cheesecake - We love the look of this no-bake recipe for a White Chocolate And Honeycomb Cheesecake. Grab your plain honeycomb and white chocolate pieces from The Chocolate Box and you’re halfway there!
Chocolate honeycomb self-saucing pudding - Wanting to add a little extra to your winter pudding? Try chocolate honeycomb! This Women’s Weekly recipe looks absolutely delicious, and would be perfect to serve to guests at your next dinner party.
Discover the Best Chocolate Honeycomb Treats at The Chocolate Box
Craving the perfect chocolate honeycomb treat? Look no further than The Chocolate Box.
Variety for Everyone
The Chocolate Box offers a variety of choc coated honeycomb treats to suit your taste. We have Dark Choc Honeycomb for those who love rich flavours, Milk Choc Honeycomb for a classic choice, and Plain Honeycomb for purists.
Rocky Road Delight
If you're feeling adventurous, try our Milk Honeycomb Rocky Road Box, an irresistible mix of marshmallows, nuts, and chocolate with honeycomb chunks.
For the best choc honeycomb treats, make The Chocolate Box your go-to destination.