No Bother, Honeycomb Candy

“Oh bother.” Today is National Winnie the Pooh day! January 18th is also the birthday of the famed author, A.A. Milne, who gave us the delightful adventures of Pooh Bear and his friends. Thank you Mr. Milne!

I wanted to create something very Pooh Bear-like for today. And the only thing, the obvious thing, was something honey infused. My internet search brought up all kinds of recipes but I was having a hard time settling on one.

“Think. Think. Think.” I whispered in my most Winnie the Pooh voice. The character of Pooh is simple and sweet. His love for his friends and for honey pretty much define him. I don’t want to say he’s basic, but maybe uncomplicated is a better word. So I was looking for a honey based recipe that was uncomplicated but also a uniquely fun treat.

I suddenly remembered a candy I made last Christmas that totally fit the bill. Some people call it seafoam candy, sponge candy, or honeycomb candy because of its interesting texture created by a little science. The ingredients are minimal and probably in your kitchen right now. Four ingredients- honey, sugar, water, and baking soda. The only special gadget I recommend is a candy thermometer because you need to make sure the honey, sugar, and water reach 300 degrees before whisking in the baking soda. That’s when the science and candy magic happen. It foams up and expands like crazy. Quickly pour it onto a greased or lined cookie sheet, but do not try to spread it at all. That deflates the super light, porous texture. The exact recipe and directions can be found here .

After you allow it to cool completely, break it into pieces and enjoy! If you want to get all fancy, you could dip the pieces in melted chocolate. It is also delicious crushed and sprinkled over ice cream. I opted to keep it simple and sweet. I think that Winnie the Pooh would have wanted it that way.

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