Cinder Toffee Recipe

How about a delicious homemade treat to eat while watching the fireworks as they light up the evening sky. My mum used to make this for my brother and I when we were small, to eat at Halloween and on bonfire night. It brings back many happy childhood memories. It is a very traditional candy recipe in the UK and very tasty. Cinder toffee is known by several other names, such as honeycomb toffee, puff candy and honeycomb puff. Two of the ingredients that are used i.e. the vinegar and the bicarbonate of soda, react together and form tiny bubbles in the mixture which give it the crunchy bubbly texture.

Ingredients

200g caster sugar

100g golden syrup

40g butter

2 tablespoons water

1 heaped teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda

half teaspoon vinegar

Method

  1. Grease a small baking tin (approx 15cm square and 4 or 5cm deep).
  2. Line the greased tin with greaseproof paper.
  3. In a large heavy bottomed pan, add the butter, sugar and syrup. Stir on a medium heat until all of the sugar has completely dissolved.
  4. Turn the heat up to high and bring the toffee mixture to the boil.
  5. Add the vinegar and the bicarbonate of sugar. Be very careful as the mixture will start to bubble up and rise to the top of the pan - it will be scalding hot.
  6. Pour mixture into the baking tin.
  7. Leave to set.
  8. After approx 20 minutes, the cinder toffee will start to set. Use a sharp knife and score the top of the toffee into squares.
  9. Leave for approx 1 hour until it has completely cooled and set.
  10. Break the toffee along the lines and transfer into an airtight container or sealed bags to take with you to watch the fireworks...........................Enjoy!

For those with an even sweeter tooth:

Once you have broken the cooled toffee, it can be dipped in some melted chocolate and put aside on greaseproof paper to set. It is even more delicious than traditional cinder toffee.

Cinder toffee as a gift

Cinder toffee can be stored in a airtight box and will keep for 7-10 days. Keep it for yourself, share with the family, or give as a gift to friends and loved ones. Try putting some cinder toffee in a sealed bag, tied up with some pretty ribbon. It will certainly put a smile on the face of the recipient.

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Comments 24 comments

Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

Voted up, useful, interesting, bookmarked, and AWESOME. Good recipe writing, here. Wouldn't mind giving this a try.


Textured Ideas 5 years ago

Oooh yeh I like this stuff! I've never thought about making any though - until now. Thanks for the recipe I sure will have a go!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Jacqui, the way you describe these delicious cinder toffee pieces sound like the "Crunchie" bars I used to eat when I lived in England. I can't get them here unless I visit a British Import shop but now I know how to make them myself I'm going to give it a try! I will bookmark and let you know how I get on. Thanks so much for sharing.

Cloverleaf.

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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Yum! This would definitely make a great gift!


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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

I loved toffee as a child. This hub bring back fond memories. Will pass on the recipe.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ Arlene V Poma - Thanks so much for the comments and the vote up. I love this recipe - in Scotland where I'm from, we call it puff candy.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ Textured Ideas - Me too, I can't get enough of the stuff. It really is so easy to make, enjoy your batch once you've made it.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ Cloverleaf - Hi. You are right, it is a bit like crunchie bars which we can still get here. Thanks for the vote up and look forward to hearing how your cinder toffee went. Take care and thanks for stopping by.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ random creative - It really does make a lovely gift this time of year. I love to tie it with lovely ribbons and put it in little clear cellophane bags. Thanks for reading the hub.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ MsDora - I too loved toffee as a child. It's lovely to eat at this time of the year. Thanks for stopping by and passing on the recipe. Best wishes.


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CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

I didn't know how easy it was to make this- it will definately be on the menu for fireworks night! Maybe we will start with Diwalli celebrations first!


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ CASE1WORKER - It really is so simple and quick to make. It's just the job for fireworks night or Diwalli, in fact perfect for any occasion!! I'm going to the firework display at Leicester Racecourse this year - they do a mean Hot Dog with Candy Floss for pudding!!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this sounds so easy to do, is it the same as the inside of a Crunchie Bar? because if it is, or even similar I am going to make tons of the stuff! lol


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

Hi Nell. Yes cinder toffee is just like the inside of a Crunchie Bar, only a little bit harder. I absolutely love it. I made a whole tub of it at the weekend and found myself making excuses to visit the kitchen to sneak pieces out! Quite sad really, considering I told the kids not to eat a lot of it as I was keeping it for Halloween! Never mind, I look at it this way - I'm saving their teeth! Yummm.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

This is the sort of recipe I like, nice and easy and sounds delicous, I too love crunchies!

Many thanks for sharing.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

Hi Movie Master - Easy quick and tasty. A real winter treat. I have such a sweet tooth and love cinder toffee. Thanks for stopping by.


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louiseelcross 5 years ago from UK

I love cinder toffee. we are going to make some now.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

Hi Louise. That sounds like a good plan. Thanks for stopping by.


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debbie roberts 5 years ago from Greece

This recipe reminds me of a honeycomb recipe I used to make years ago. May just have to give your recipe a try for Christmas....Tooth rotting stuff!!


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

Hi Debbie, thanks for stopping by. It is just like honeycomb. It certainly keeps the dentists in a job if you eat too much of it!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

We have a similar sweet here called Salt Water Taffy - it looks just like yours! How wonderful! I like the name of your sweet much more, but why is it called Cinder Toffee?


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

Hi Red Elf, Cinder Toffee is also called Bonfire Toffee. I think its called cinder because of the time of the year and because of the ashes from the fire. I love the taste of it, I have such a sweet tooth.


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sabrani44 4 years ago

Yumm, looks delicious. Will definitely have to try it sometime, thanks for sharing!


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ sabrani44 - You won't regret making it as it really is delicious, especially on a winter night. Happy New Year.

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