Honey, I'm Comb! Chocolate Coated Sesame Honeycomb

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Chocolate Coated Sesame Honeycomb

My only warning to you Dear Reader is this: make this when you need to give this away and don't be alone with it. I found this so irresistible to eat that I scoffed down three huge chocolate coated pieces and then looked around in slight panic as I felt no urge to slow down.

Chocolate Coated Sesame Honeycomb

I ended up messaging Nina, my favourite person to contact when I have excess food. She lives about 5 minutes drive away from us and is always on hand to take food provided that it fits into her esoteric criteria. That is the only challenge-for example she won't eat honeycomb unless it is coated in dark chocolate. I don't think I'll ever understand the logic and I guess it keeps our relationship interesting.

Chocolate Coated Sesame Honeycomb

We've also discovered something new about Nina and Garth and it pertains to their dog Marley. We have found that Marley and Teddy get along really well and despite their enormous size and breed difference they play well together too.

Chocolate Coated Sesame Honeycomb

Pics: Nina Price @anydogwill_do

Teddy seems unafraid of Marley who can be intimidating in size and his guard dog demeanour while Marley adjusts his play style to be more accommodating and gentle to play with his pint sized friend.

Chocolate Coated Sesame Honeycomb

The last few times Nina has brought along her camera to take photos. Her obsession is taking photos of dogs and her dog photography account is called "Anydogwilldo".

Chocolate Coated Sesame Honeycomb

The two are magical together and have made for many adorable photos. And my payment for these is relatively inexpensive-just a box of this chocolate coated honeycomb!

So tell me Dear Reader, have you ever made your own honeycomb? Do you have any friends that are unpredictable?

Chocolate Coated Sesame Honeycomb

Chocolate Coated Sesame Honeycomb

An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott

Preparation time: 15 minutes pus 1 hour setting time

Cooking time: 15 minutes

  • 350g/12.4ozs. caster or superfine sugar
  • 125g/4ozs. glucose syrup
  • 75ml/2.7ozs. water
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 15g/0.5oz. bicarb of soda, sifted
  • 500g/1.1lb dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • Salt flakes

Chocolate Coated Sesame Honeycomb

Step 1 - Line a 20x20cm/8x8inch square tin with parchment. Oil the parchment well with non stick oil spray. Place the sugar, glucose syrup, water and honey in a medium to large heavy bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil. You don't really have to stir this much, just a little at the beginning. Boil on medium high heat (say 8 out of 10) until it reaches 149C/300F on a candy thermometer. It takes a bit of patience, it will sit on a low temperature for 10 minutes or so then quickly come to temperature.

Chocolate Coated Sesame Honeycomb

Chocolate Coated Sesame Honeycomb

After bi-carb is added

Step 2 - Add the bicarb of soda and stir until it is combined. It will puff up and foam up. Do not overmix or you will lose the air bubbles, just stop when the bicarb is mixed in well. Scoop into the prepared tin and allow to set for 1 hour (be careful, the mixture and the tin will be very hot).

Chocolate Coated Sesame Honeycomb

Step 3 - Line a tray with parchment. Cut the honeycomb (I find using a mallet is very messy although better for anger management!). Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave and dip the pieces of honeycomb in the chocolate and place on the lined tray. Add the sesame seeds and salt before the chocolate sets hard. Tip: store honeycomb in the freezer as it absorbs moisture very easily and loses its crunchy appeal.

Chocolate Coated Sesame Honeycomb