Music for your Mouth: The Honeycombs

I’m going to be honest with you – I had never heard of the band the Honeycombs until I started researching more foody music. But I found them, and it gave me an excuse to make some honeycomb. The Honeycombs are a pop band from the 60s with catchy tunes and a groovy girl drummer. Yeah, I said groovy.

Unlike yesterday’s recipe, there is nothing healthy about this sweet. It is basically sugar with sugar, coated in sugar. But boy is it delicious! Plus it’s kind of like doing primary school science in the kitchen. Remember making volcanoes erupt with bicarb and vinegar lava? Or what we used to do as kids – go across the road to the park with those little eggs from inside Kinder Surprises. We would fill one half with vinegar and the other with bicarb and you would have to join them together REALLY QUICKLY and throw them up in the air before they exploded. If you timed it right they would explode in the air and we would all rejoice.


1 cup raw sugar
1/4 cup glucose syrup
2 Tbsp agave nectar
2 tsp bicarb soda

Line some kind of vessel (I used a 27x18cm slice pan) with baking paper and set aside. Get baking soda ready by measuring it into a small bowl and ensuring there are no lumps. Grab a whisk and place it nearby.

Place the sugar, glucose syrup and agave nectar in a large pot and heat on medium. Don’t stir the mix while you do this, rather, try to poke it together with a wooden spoon to ensure the sugar dissolves. Once dissolved, turn the heat up to high and bring mix to a boil.

Allow to bubble away until it turns golden in colour – if you have a candy thermometer, this should be around 150C.

Working quickly, take the pot off the heat, pour in bicarb soda and whisk together. The mixture will expand rapidly and become foamy. Quickly pour it into your prepared pan and then LEAVE ALONE. It is imperative that you do not touch at this point, or your honeycomb will deflate.

honeycombsAllow to cool for at 45 minutes to an hour.

Once set, break or cut into pieces.

honeycombs2And voila! Your very own bowl of honeycomb to do with what you please.

Obviously, I melted some chocolate and coated it all to made mini crunchie bites.




  1. Never heard of the honeycombs either nor thrown exploding kinder surprise eggs with bicarb and vinegar – goodness I am missing out – I do have a fine appreciation of honeycomb esp when covered in chocolate – now that is childhood to me – and yours looks much prettier than when I tried it

    1. The kinder egg throwing is such fun! I know, chocolate just makes honeycomb even better. Oh my goodness…I didn’t take photos of the two fails I had before this – WHAT A MESS. A sticky sticky mess. Hmm..

  2. Moon says:

    Those look like a lot of fun to make!

    And, the honeycombs, that’s certainly a band I’ve never heard of. Check out that hair.

  3. I love chocolate covered honeycomb but for some reason I’ve never made it myself. It looks easy and fun though so maybe I should give it a whirl!

    1. Good luck Jojo – it can be a bit tricky – I have had a few failures overcooking it, but it’s so worth it for the end result!

  4. Jennifer says:

    WOW! Everything looks and sounds amazing! Happy Vegan Mofo! My goal is to stop by at least 5 blogs each day and you are my first one from the link list – hope you are well πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Jennifer! Happy Vegan MoFo to you too! Thanks for stopping by x

  5. awesome!! I used to love this stuff… going to have to try your recipe out. Thanks x

    1. It’s so addictive! Let me know how you go πŸ™‚

  6. shaheen says:

    i love honeycomb and make them all the time here, probably a reason for some of my fillings but we won’t talk about that. I do like your agave version though. I came over very early this morning littleveganbear and had a good nosy around your blog, I am blown away by a number of your recipes, esp. Raw Lime Coconut Cookies, Cauliflower Popcorn and your Raw Caramel Slice – Awsome, and the picture of Rubes looking adoringly at some muffins, fabulous. put me in a happy mood before I went about my daily chores. Thank you.

    1. Ha ha, yes, I don’t imagine it’s the best for the old teeth – I try not to think about it. Thank you so much ! Hehe, yes, my dog pulls the best faces – she’s a darling x

  7. mihl says:

    I also had never heard about honeycombs, then I did and told my partner about them. He was so intrigued that he immediately made some. That’s been a while ago. I think I need to remind him about their greatness.

    1. What a good partner, making honeycomb! I should train mine to do that πŸ˜‰

  8. Count me in for having never heard of these. They look good though.

    1. They are soooo good! Such a strange texture, but delicious.

  9. Rosie says:

    I used to LOVE honeycomb as a kid, these look awesome! I’m so making these πŸ™‚

    1. I know it brings back childhood memories, doesn’t it?

  10. ijustdiedinside says:

    Great theme! I’ve seen honey combs but never had them. I’m excited to keep reading your blog.

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ Oh they are so delicious, you’ll have to give them a go some time.

  11. Ahhh crunchie – I do miss you! These look super tasty and would make a great pressie if I don’t eat them all before!

    1. Yes exactly! I made these for my dad for father’s day last year and he loved them. Obviously I ate half the batch first….

  12. JB says:

    I’ve never heard of honeycombs, either. I’d really like to try these!

    1. Such a funny band, and such a delicious treat!

  13. Kate says:

    Oh yum! I’ve been craving honeycomb for a while

  14. I’ve neither heard nor had chocolate honeycombs before but they look and sound good. I’d have to see if I can find some of the ingredients, but I may have to try them if I do!

    1. I hope you can find the ingredients Tiffany! Here we can buy glucose syrup in the baking aisle of the supermarket πŸ™‚

  15. Kate says:

    Omg, homemade Crunchies? Awesome!!

  16. rika@vm says:

    Seriously these chocolatey honeycombs are the bomb!!!!!

    1. So good! It’s a little too convenient being able to create candy bars though!

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