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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.
200g caster sugar
100g golden syrup
2 tablespoons water
1 heaped teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
half teaspoon vinegar
- Grease a small baking tin (approx 15cm square and 4 or 5cm deep).
- Line the greased tin with greaseproof paper.
- 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.
- Turn the heat up to high and bring the toffee mixture to the boil.
- 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.
- Pour mixture into the baking tin.
- Leave to set.
- After approx 20 minutes, the cinder toffee will start to set. Use a sharp knife and score the top of the toffee into squares.
- Leave for approx 1 hour until it has completely cooled and set.
- 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.