British Recipes > Cinder Toffee (Honeycomb)

How to make cinder toffee:
This recipe would have been popular with children before sweets/candies were readily available in the shops. Probably originate from the North of England and the name 'cinder' comes from the appearance of the toffee which does look like a burnt out piece of coal i.e. a cinder. This sort of toffee is now more commonly called 'honeycomb'. See Cooking with Sugar.


2 cups sugar
1/4 pint water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
(see measure conversions for more information)


- Boil sugar and water for about 20 minutes.
- Have a deep bowl of cold water ready.
- Take the toffee from the heat, quickly add the bicarbonate of soda (the toffee will rise up). - Then pour the toffee into the cold water. - When cold put onto a plate and eat.