Honeycomb Recipe

Honeycomb candy, sponge toffee, cinder toffee, hokey pokey… Whatever you call it*, this recipe yields a sweet crunchy candy with hallmark honeycomb-esque bubbles. Today I’ll be walking you through all of my tips for making this Honeycomb recipe in your own kitchen. I’ve also included a brief how-to video!

This is the second candy recipe in my series this week. Yesterday I shared my toffee recipe… stay tuned for more! 

Welcome to candy recipe #2 for this week: Honeycomb candy!

Just 4 ingredients (sugar, corn syrup, water, and baking soda) are all that are needed to make this classic favorite. With its sweet golden exterior and those telltale honeycomb-styled bubbles, this recipe is popular all over the world under many different names.

My personal favorite way to enjoy this honeycomb recipe is to prepare it, break it into pieces, and then dip or drizzle with chocolate. Let’s go through some important tips, and then let me know your favorite way to enjoy!

Tips for Making Honeycomb Candy

If you’re following along with every recipe this week, I’m going to sound like a broken record with some of these tips. While they may be repetitive, they can make all the difference when you’re making your candy, so they’re worth reading over again (and again)!

Have everything ready before you begin.

You’ll be cooking your honeycomb mixture to 300°, but once it reaches that temperature you need to move fast or your candy will burn as the temperature continues to climb. Have your baking soda nearby and have your pan already prepared, that way once your thermometer reads 300F you are ready to roll.

Stop stirring once your mixture starts boiling

The temptation to keep stirring your syrup once it starts boiling is real, but it’s completely unnecessary with this honeycomb recipe. So long as you’re keeping your stovetop temperature at medium heat, it won’t burn.

However, don’t walk away from your candy! It takes time (more on that in a minute) but as soon as you turn your head for just a single minute to send one single simple text message (with the perfect gifs and all) to your sister, it will rocket up past 300°F and your candy will burn and you’ll have a mess and will have to start all over… ask me how I know.

Good candy takes time

The syrup will boil for a while. How long exactly will vary depending on your stovetop heat and the pan you use, but it does take time and a little patience. Don’t be tempted to turn up your heat past the medium temperature indicated in the recipe, or you’re more likely to scorch and ruin your honeycomb.

Can You Make Honeycomb with Baking Powder?

Unfortunately, no. You will need baking soda to make this honeycomb recipe and to get those signature bubbles.

How Long Can You Store Honeycomb Candy?

Honeycomb can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week. It tends to absorb moisture in the air and become sticky so it will not last as long in a more humid environment. Do not refrigerate your honeycomb.


More Candy Recipes You May Enjoy

  • Potato Candy
  • Saltine Toffee
  • Old Fashioned Fudge
  • Peppermint Bark Fudge

How to Make Honeycomb Candy:

Honeycomb Recipe

A great and easy recipe for Honeycomb Candy! Be sure to read through the whole recipe, measure out all of your ingredients, and prepare your pan before beginning. Be sure to check out the recipe VIDEO below the instructions! 
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Course: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas candy, homemade candy, old fashioned candy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 25 pieces
Calories: 55kcal
Author: Sam


  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200g)
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup (80ml)
  • 1/3 cup water (80ml)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • chocolate for dipping or drizzling optional, you can use melted chocolate chips, chocolate bars, or melting wafers


  • Candy thermometer see note for the candy thermometer that I use


  • Line an 8x8 square pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Before you begin, be sure to measure out your baking soda and set it aside, you will need to have it ready once your honeycomb candy comes to the correct temperature.
  • Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium-sized heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until the sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil (this will take some time, don't turn up the heat above medium to speed up the process or you could ruin your candy).
  • Once mixture begins to boil, attach your candy thermometer (make sure the tip of the thermometer is not touching the bottom of the pan) and don’t stir any longer.
  • Without stirring, cook to 300°F (149°C). Once mixture reaches temperature (it will still be clear at this point, it is supposed to be), immediately remove from heat and stir in your baking soda (heads-up! It's going to bubble up quite a bit).
  • The mixture will immediately begin to foam, stir until baking soda is completely combined and the color turns golden, but don't over-stir or you'll end up deflating your candy and won't have any holes.
  • Once foaming stops and baking soda is dissolved into the mixture, spread into prepared pan. Cool at least 1 hour before breaking into pieces (you may be able to use your hands, or whack it with a knife or use a mallet to tap a knife into the honeycomb to break).
  • If desired, dip or drizzle cooled broken honeycomb pieces with melted chocolate.



This is the candy thermometer that I use (affiliate)Store uneaten honeycomb in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Tip for Cleaning Your Saucepan after Making Honeycomb:

Honeycomb hardens quickly, which means it can leave your saucepan a mess. Here's how I clean mine:Let your pan cool (you don't want to warp it by putting cool water in a scorching hot pot) and then fill it over halfway with water. Return it to the stovetop and bring to a boil and the candy should melt away from the sides (use a heatproof spatula to help scrape the sides while it's warm). Pour out the water/candy mixture and allow it to cool before cleaning properly. 


Serving: 1piece (without chocolate) | Calories: 55kcal
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*I’ve also heard some people call this candy “Seafoam”, but for me seafoam candy has always been synonymous with Divinity.

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