Teacher Holiday Gift: Chocolate-dipped Honeycomb

From Joy the Baker, see her post here

I don't know about you, but my kids' teachers deserve gifts. I send in baked goods throughout the year, but at the holidays I like to make something special. This is where honeycomb comes in. You think it's not going to work. It's chemistry and you didn't do well in that class, too much math. Take a deep breath and follow the instructions, you will be delighted at the outcome and people will applaud the results. Really, I got actual applause.

**IMPORTANT** Set up everything ahead of time. You need it ready, this goes quickly.

Ingredients

  • You need a candy or probe thermometer. - Smile Link
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 6 Tablespoons water
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, melted
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, for topping

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Step 1

Line an 8x8 square pan with foil and grease the foil.

Step 2

Fill the sink with about 2 inches of cold water.

Step 3

Set up a whisk and the baking soda next to the sink.

Step 4

In a medium, heavy-bottom saucepan whisk together the sugar, corn syrup, water, cream of tartar, and vinegar.

Step 5

Attach a thermometer to the side and heat over medium heat. You don’t need to stir as it begins to boil, if you want to do something, swirl the pan a little. Heat the mixture to 300 degrees.

Step 6

It will look like this.

Step 7

Remove from heat and gently set the pan into the cold water in the sink.

Step 8

Immediately add the baking soda and whisk to combine. It will get foamy and pale, like this. Dump it into the prepared pan quickly, don’t worry about spreading it to fill the pan. Let it cool about 20 minutes, then break it up into pieces.

Step 9

Dip the candy shards into the melted chocolate.

Step 10

Allow the dipped honeycomb to rest in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens.

Step 11

Put it in your chosen container and give! Happy holidays!