Honeycomb recipe – aka Hokey Pokey

This recipe for honeycomb (aka Hokey Pokey) is a delicious way to demonstrate that baking really is just yummy science. We’ve done lots of experiments with the kids using bicarbonate of soda such as fizzing potions, lemon volcanoes and the classic vinegar and bicarb experiments. This is the only time we could eat the results! The kids absolutely loved the way it fizzed and puffed up so dramatically as soon as you add the bicarb.


200g caster sugar

5 tbsp golden syrup

2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (food grade)

Melted chocolate (optional)


This method is based on the tips I got from Nigella Lawson and my own trial and error (mainly error). The first time I tried to make honeycomb using the recipe above I completely messed it up. This should take you a matter of minutes – I was nearly an hour in and it just wasn’t going right!

Use a large pan to make the honeycomb in as it fizzes up (which is of course the point). If you use something too small then you’ll just end up with a sticky mess everywhere. Weigh out everything before you start as there really isn’t time to do it once you have. Put some grease-proof paper in a deep baking tray in preparation too. The thickness you achieve is partially dictated by how much you allow the honeycomb to spread out. A smaller tray will result in thicker honeycomb. A large one will leave you with thinner honeycomb that’s better for toppings.

If you’re making this honeycomb recipe with children please be really careful as the melted sugar is extremely hot and can cause nasty burns.

Here’s a really easy method to make perfect hokey pokey every time;

  1. Stir together the sugar and golden syrup until it’s all evenly distributed. Spread it out across the bottom of the pan evenly. If you don’t do this then it won’t melt evenly and some bits will be burnt and some will still be solid.
  2. Put over a low heat until it melts but DO NOT STIR IT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. I’m not entirely sure what happens when you stir it, other than it’s all ruined. Keep it over the heat until the liquid turns a light golden brown. This will only take a couple of minutes. If it’s taking longer you’ve gone wrong! If you’re using a thermometer then you’re aiming for 146-155 degrees C.
  3. Take it off the heat and immediately stir in the bicarbonate of soda. You don’t want to over mix it as you’ll knock all the air out, but make sure it’s all stirred in. You’ll get a bright orange foamy mixture. Immediately turn this out on to the baking tray. The honeycomb starts to set and cool very quickly, turning into a sticky goo first.
  4. Allow to completely set then smash into chunks using a rolling pin.
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If you want to you can dip the chunks in melted chocolate or you can serve with ice cream. Clotted cream ice cream works particularly well. The honeycomb will store for a couple of months in an airtight container. If you can make it last that long!!!!

Little tip – don’t stress about the washing up. Just put some hot water in the pan as soon as you’ve finished and it all cleans off very nicely.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe for honeycomb. It’s quick and easy to make with the kids. If you’re looking for other things to do to keep the children entertained have a look at here for all of my suggestions of cheap things to do with the kids at home.

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