I had originally intended for this post to go up on Saturday but I never got the time to do it. On Saturday morning we were rushing around the house like MAD YOKES. Our friend was making his first Holy Communion and with 45 minutes before we were supposed to be in the church, the teen was still in her onesie (although to be fair, she had just given the baby a bath for me), the 8 year old was kinda dressed (minus socks and shoes) with his hair on end. I was in my pyjamas and the top I wanted to wear was on the line. Wet. Himself had gone to the bank which opens at 10 on a Saturday. The 8 year old and I left the teen at home with baby while he had a crucial nap. We made it to the church with time to spare. Phew!
Good job there was no one in our house for communion this year isn’t it?!
The 8 year old was looking forward to going to the church to sit in the gallery and he decided if he didn’t like the food at the party then it was ok because he could get pizza later from the chipper!
He’s a fussy so and so when it comes to food. He’s extremely reluctant to try new things but he was absolutely delighted with himself when he tried a Crunchie bar at easter and discovered he actually likes them. I’d be more pleased if he’d decide to be brave and try carrots and discover he loves them instead but we’ll keep trying.
I knew how to make honeycomb and had made it once or twice before so decided I’d impress him by showing him how to make his very own Crunchie bars.
He was very enthusiastic, “Mammy I’m going to watch telly while you do that, call me when it’s ready.”
Er, ok then.
So I set about making the honeycomb BY MYSELF, it was lovely I have to say. I melted chocolate to cover it, that was lovely too. The two together were even more lovely. Himself loved it, the teen loved it, the baby wasn’t allowed it because, well he’s a baby. Then it came to the turn of the Fussy one.
“Eh, Mammy, it doesn’t taste the exact same as Crunchies. I’m not eating it.”
All the more for us then.
Here’s how to make some nice Chocolate Honeycomb Bars that are not the exact same as crunchies but still lovely.
200g caster sugar
5tbsp golden syrup
2tsp bicarbonate of soda
Grease or line a 20cm square tin.
Put the caster sugar and syrup into a medium saucepan and stir over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved. Try not to let the mixture bubble until the sugar grains have disappeared.
When the sugar is completely dissolved, turn up the heat and bring to the boil.
Then, as quickly as you can, turn off the heat and add the bicarbonate of soda mix in with a wooden spoon until it has all disappeared. The mixture will bubble and foam at this stage.
Carefully pour into the tin immediately. Taking care because the mixture will be very hot.
Put the tin to one side and allow to cool completely. This can take up to 1hr 30 minutes.
Once it is completely cool, break into chunks.
If you wish at this stage you can melt chocolate in a bowl above a saucepan of boiling water.
Dip the honeycomb pieces into the chocolate (taking care again because melted chocolate is hot too!) and allow to cool. I used 125g milk chocolate but you can use whatever chocolate you prefer.