How to Make Chocolate Cinder Toffee




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So you want a super quick, super easy, naturally vegetarian AND gluten free recipe? Give this chocolate cinder toffee a go and I promise, you won’t regret it! Alternatively referred to as hokey pokey or honeycomb, it’s like making your very own homemade Crunchie bars. Awesome right??

And it's all possible thanks to one magical ingredient... baking soda!

Here is what you will need.

  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda in the UK)
  • 150 – 200g Milk Chocolate*

* for Gluten Free, check the wrapper as some are/some aren’t.

Step 1: Step by Step Video

Line a 25cm square tin with baking paper and grease lightly with oil. Or, like me, just use a silicone tin as it won’t stick.

In a large pan, add the honey, golden syrup and sugar. Mix it all together now as it’s not wise to do so when over the heat.

Place the pan over a high heat and bring to the boil. Don't stir but a gentle swilling is ok.

Bring the mixture to 145°C (it will take approx 2-3 minutes from boiling point – if you don’t have a thermometer, watch the video to see what it should look like.)

Now for the magic. Immediately turn off the heat, chuck in the baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and give it a good whisk until you can’t see any more powder.

Quickly pour it into your prepared tin and leave to cool & set for 30 minutes.

Step 2: To Finish

When it’s hard, cut/break into large chunks.

Either in a microwave or a glass bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, gradually melt the chocolate until smooth.

Place a sheet of greaseproof paper onto a baking sheet. Then dip each piece of cinder toffee into the chocolate, and allow to set on the sheet.

Store in an airtight container and consume within 5-7 days.

See, I told you it was quick and easy! Chocolate Cinder Toffee is seriously gorgeous stuff, I absolutely love it. Like glistening gold dust smothered in a smooth, silky chocolate coat… drool. Yeah, they ain’t gonna last long that’s for sure!

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    8 Discussions

    AthenaPNPenolopy Bulnick

    Reply 1 year ago

    I get Lyle's Golden Syrup from Amazon, who have it at a better price than my supermarket where it's sold in the foreign foods section (there are also youtube videos for making at home, it's easy.)

    Golden syrup is so much nicer than plain corn syrup; GS has a wonderful buttery taste to it that makes it a lovely choice for topping pancakes/waffles or using almost any way you'd use maple syrup. Good luck!


    Thanks! Whereabouts are you based? I think in the US corn syrup is the closest substitute x


    Yep, US. Corn syrup I can do but I wish we had golden syrup. It always looks so appealing on Great British Bake Off :)


    It really is lovely - has a beautiful flavour! I have some in my porridge most mornings and it's delicious :)


    Reply 1 year ago

    It has a slightly different flavour, but yes, I'm certain you can use corn syrup as a substitute.