Honey was one of the worlds first sweets. Rock paintings from around 8000BC show people collecting this sweet nectar from bee hives. Of course our honeycomb isn't the type you'll find in a hive, but it is made with real honey.
As well as honey, honeycomb features one of the most fun home 'science experiment' ingredients: bicarb soda. This is what gives the honeycomb its bubbly appearance. It's a fun recipe to make with the kids, but remember the sugar syrup is very hot, so they'll need adult supervision.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes (plus a few hours to set)
Makes: 1 tray of honeycomb
Ingredients 1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup water
2tbs golden syrup
2 1/2 tsp bicarb soda (baking soda)
Line a baking pan (one that you'd use for brownies) with baking paper.
Combine the sugar, honey, water and golden syrup in a saucepan. Place over low heat, and stir for about 5 minutes or until sugar has disolved.
Increase to a high heat, and then cook without stirring for 5-8 minutes. You want the syrup to reach the hard crack stage (154ºC). It's best to use a sugar thermometer to make sure you get it at the right stage. Remove from the heat.
Add in the bicarb soda. Stir quickly to combine and then pour into the lined pan. Leave to cool and set on the bench top. Don't place the honeycomb in the fridge to set, as it will become sticky.
Once the honeycomb has set, remove from the pan, and using your hands or a knife, break into pieces.
If you like you can drizzle or dip the honeycomb in melted chocolate, but it tastes great all on its own. Store honeycomb in an airtight container and enjoy it alone or add it to other desserts. It adds a nice crunch to homemade chocolate mousse or can be sprinkled over ice cream.