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Honeycomb Candy

Honeycomb Candy

| Sarah Allinson-Chorabik

Honeycomb Candy is a sweet and crunchy treat that's both fun and easy to make. It gets its name from its yellow colour and airy texture, which resembles real honeycomb. Traditionally, this recipe uses corn syrup as the liquid sugar, but I wanted to see if I could use honey instead to make Honeycomb Candy that actually tastes like honey.

Using honey instead of corn syrup adds a complex and sweet floral flavour to the candy. The rich flavour of caramelized sugar mixed with raw local honey creates a mouth-watering taste that perfectly complements the crunchy and airy texture of the candy.

Honeycomb Candy is not only delicious, but it's also fun to make because it grows and expands right in front of your eyes. You can enjoy it on its own, dip it in chocolate, or use it as a tasty decoration on top of a cake. 

It's important to note that while Honeycomb Candy is a great activity to do with children, it requires adult supervision at all times due to the boiling sugar involved.


  • Digital Thermometer or Candy Thermometer 
  • 1 parchment-lined baking dish - 9” x 9” x 2” for a thicker candy or 9” x 13” x 2” for a thinner candy
  • 1 4-quart pot or larger 
  • Silicon Spatula 


  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda, sifted 
  • 1 ¼ cup of white sugar
  • ½ cup of Ontario Honey Creations Honey 
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract 


Note: This recipe comes together quickly. Please ensure you read all the steps and have all the ingredients measured before starting the recipe.

  1. Line your baking dish with parchment paper and set aside 
  2. Sift the baking soda and set aside
  3. In a large pot, add white sugar and honey. Cook until the mixture reaches 295 degrees F, about 3-5 minutes. Mix with a silicone spatula to ensure even cooking. 
  4. Once the sugar reaches 295 degrees F, immediately remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract. Add baking soda and mix until just dissolved. Once the baking soda is added, the mixture will quickly expand to about 5x its volume or more.
  5. Immediately add the mixture to your prepared baking dish. Allow to rest until completely hardened. About 30 minutes or longer, depending on how thick it is. You can test if it is hardened by tapping the back of a spoon on the top, if it is done, the candy will be hard and you will hear a hollow sound. 
  6. Remove from baking dish and break apart. Store in an airtight container.