honeycomb, puppies, playlists, the whole nine yards.

Ok this is going to be a lot of pictures, and a lot of sugar. You ready?

So I went back home for 4 days, those 4 pictures are from my old garden and the surrounding area. The bus took 8 hours which nearly sent me insane.

We took the boat out on the lake which was pretty cool (apart from when the wind picks up and boat starts swaying, not my fave).

Oh yeah, and how could I forget these little guys? Probably the cutest in the entire world.

Yeah whatever Naomi, Wales blahblah, where's the honeycomb recipe? Oh sorry, did you want to know how to make THIS?

Well why didn't you just SAY. It's so easy! To make a huge amount of just normal chunks of sweet and crunchy honeycomb you'll need:

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup and 2 tbsp of glucose syrup (you can find it in the baking aisle of most supermarkets)
2 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda

If you had a candy thermometer it'd be handy but I didn't use one and mine turned out ok.

Put the sugar and the glucose syrup into a biggish saucepan and bring to the boil. Try and resist the urge to keep stirring it, it makes it go a bit weird. If you have to, just use a wooden spoon to kind of poke it all together. Once it's boiling, leave it to bubble away until it goes a darkish golden colour underneath all the bubbles (if you've got a thermometer, this is when it's 300F).

While it's bubbling away you need to get everything ready. Measure out your bicarb of soda into a little pot ready to tip in, grab a whisk and decide where you're going to leave the honeycomb to cool. I used a big silicone cake pan, silicone is excellent for this, doesn't stick at all. So when you're ready and it's all golden and bubbling, turn off the heat, pour in the bicarb and start whisking. It'll swell up to the very top of the pan, SO COOL. Within about 5 seconds it'll be triple it's original size, at this point tip it into whatever you've prepared for it.

It doesn't even take that long to cool, about 30 minutes. So you can eat it in big chunks like this:

Or you can cover it in melted chocolate, refrigerate it, and make your own mini vegan Crunchie bars?

Or, you could grab a pack of vegan cream cheeze (around 8oz/200g), 2 x 200g bars of dark chocolate and 1 3/4 cups of icing/confectioners sugar and make some chocolate honeycomb truffles?

Beat the cream cheeze in a bowl until smooth, and tip in the icing sugar, a bit at a time until it's all combined. Melt 1 bar of chocolate, and add to the mixture.

Put some of the broken honeycomb into a bag and smash it up with a rolling pin (not too fine or it'll just dissolve into the chocolate).

Stir the broken honeycomb into the chocolate mix and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Once it's set take a teaspoon and scoop out a gobstopper sized piece, then quickly roll it firmly between your palms. Once it's round, put it onto a board and do the next one until you've done the whole bowl. Then melt the remaining chocolate and scoop up one of the balls, roll it around in the chocolate, then put onto some greaseproof paper, or a silicon tray to set.

Put them into the fridge and once they're set, wrap in some foil and twist the ends. If you didn't want to coat them in chocolate you could just roll them in some cocoa powder to stop them sticking together. Store them in the fridge for maximum tastiness.

There's a party in my tummy, so yummy, so yummy!

Oh, did you want to see more of my friends?

If you're going to be taking any trips soon, I've uploaded my travelling playlist for you to download it here, you know, if you want it (it's made for wistful window gazing).


Mihl said...

Thank you for sharing those gorgeous pictures!

And that candy looks so stunning and impressive. I need to lay my hands on glucose syrup asap.

:LaJaguarCocinera: said...

Awww! You're so cute, sooo cute! *-* (sorry, but I couldn't resist saying it!)
That's because everything here is so thoughtful, so kind, so light and so beautiful! Almost magic! Your pictures send me in a spin of sparkling memories, deep sinking in a delicious chilldhood-like feeling I never had!
Thank you SO much for this!
The puppies, Wale pictures, you sharing about your trip and musics and recipes! *-* Simply love it!
But don't get me wrong ok? I don't want to offend you in anything!
xoxo ♥♥♥

Naomi Rose said...

Mihl, I think even if you couldn't find any you could probably make it yourself, it's just a strong sugar syrup really...

:LaJaguarCocinera: there is no way you could offend me with these comments, you are absolutely ADORABLE! xx

ljkc said...

Is the last one Herc?! I wanna see baby Herc!! :-D


Naomi Rose said...

hahaha no that last one is DESTROYER.

carly said...

a) the PUPPIES
my mouth is WATERING and i'm basically crying.

Naomi Rose said...

Aw DARL! I wish you could come and play with them!

Sweet @ Adventures in Veg said...

Holy crapOLA!!! The dogs!! The honeycomb! Ah!!!

*takes deep breath*

The puppies are ridiculously cute, I can hardly believe it. Awww! Adorable.

I cannot get over the honeycomb, I didn't realise it would be that easy to make it! So going to try that, for realz. You're clearly a genius.

Also can I commend you on your awesome taste in music!? My favourite musician in the world EVER, Elliott Smith, plus Grizzly Bear plus Sufjan plus Iron & Wine plus Bon Iver!? *faints*

Yvonne said...

ahhh! so wonderful!!

Liz said...

I adore your recipes but I LOVE this post. Please write more like them aka The Life of Naomi :) <333

Serena said...

honey comb candy is so pretty! i want to make this, ahhh. :) it looks so versatile, too. once i ate a honey comb cake. i was pretty ambivalent about it, but i loved the crunch.

Tess said...

Aaah! I'm so very glad I follow your blog. In Michigan we call this "Sea Foam." Each name is pretty cute, if you ask me. Anyways, I haven't had it in years and years and have always randomly craved it. Thank you!

Naomi Rose said...

Aw Aoife thanks! I hope you downloaded it (and liked it!)

Yvonne <3<3

Liz you are my favourite Elizabeth, more than our own dear Queen.

Thanks Serena, the crunch is where it's AT!

Tess, you're the sweetest! And I'm now subscribed to yours! (I want your hair)

Finding Me said...

Oh my those look AMAZING!!!! I'm going to have to try and make them! Yum yum!

Also cute little puppies! I'm a total sucker for a pooch :)

Jean said...

Everything about this post is perfection from the beautiful photos, to your red hair :) to the puppies and then to the yummy goodness! I wish I could have been on this trip with you not only to make the 8 hour bus ride better but to be able to have seen, played with and tasted everything! Now I want a Crunchie by the way.

David T. Macknet said...

Sounds yummy, and those puppies are cuter than anything!

I think that you might be able to substitute Lyle's Golden Syrup for Glucose syrup - I've done it when making Fondant and it's turned out just fine. :)

Rebecca said...

Thank you thank you thank you so much for these fab recipes! I've wanted to know how to make vegan honeycomb for so long! I think I'll try and make some mini crunchies tonight :D Those truffles look incredible. Now I know what to make guests when they come over.

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Naomi Rose said...

Thankyou finding me!

aw Jean, now you could make one!

David that's a wicked idea, I didn't even think of that!

Aw Rebecca you're welcome! I keep the truffles in the fridge ready for urgent chocolate needs. Very important.

The Voracious Vegan said...

This. is. the. best. post. ever. EVER EVER EVER!!!!!

That honeycomb candy looks AMAZING, I never would have thought it was possible! I can't wait to make this, I am in awe of your genius!

And puppies! And Wales! Too much beauty and cuteness and tastiness in one place.

Naomi Rose said...

Tasha, everybody is saying that, it makes me blush, I never usually want to say on here what I've been doing because I didn't think anybody would be interested. Thank you thank you xx

Sarah (GF vegan) said...

Oh my word, everything looks amazing! How I miss Wales and the puppies are adorable. The honeycomb, wow! Can't wait to give it a try. LOVE this post.

aDeLiNe said...

BEST POST EVER: Puppies + Sugar + Music + You = LOOOOOVE.

Naomi Rose said...

Aw Sarah thanks so much!

Adeline you're the bestest xxx

Vanny said...

How FUNNY! Just a few days ago I posted about how I made a cake for my bf's grandma and had issues with the "coffee crunch." THIS is the exact recipe(except with coffee added) that I used!
But I srsly had the worst experience of my life involving sugar going ALL over the oven(I stuck it in the oven hoping to fix it) next thing you know I'm scrubbing burnt sugar off of the entire bottom of the oven. LOL def learned my lesson but I got it right the 2nd time :)

It's SO good! I'll have to try it with tempered chocolate next time <3

Netty said...

Amazing recipes, I can't wait to try this one!

Your blog is really gorgeous, my new favourite recipe site!

Oh and good playlist too, you should check out the End of the Road festival, Wilco are headlining :)

Naomi Rose said...

ha Vanessa, the cosmos wants us to make honeycomb! Sucks about yours failing, that sticky mess must have been an effer to clean!

netty thank you so much, THAT LINE UP IS AMAZING!!

Sarah (GF vegan) said...

Btw, thanks for the music to upload. I'm rubbish when it comes to finding good music that's not in the mainstream; been listening to your tracks on my computer all week :)

Fiona said...

squealed a little at the puppies. THey look like lambies!