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I made "honeycomb" (otherwise known as hokey-pokey, not real honeycomb) using this recipe:

It tastes delicious but it is supposed to be crunchy / cripsy (like the inside of a Cadburys Crunchie bar) but it actually came out really sticky, like a soft toffee.

Is this likely to be due to overcooking, undercooking, something else? How can I make sure it comes out crunchier in future?

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Good question - we also tried making this and it just came out a sticky gooey mess. – Bluebelle Dec 4 '10 at 14:03
I never knew it could be called Hokey Pokey. – Orbling Dec 4 '10 at 17:35
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Remember your stages of sugar boiling and how they come out, if it's too sticky or soft it is probably down to too low a final temperature (wrong texture) or more likely too much golden syrup.

Be sparing with the golden syrup / glucose syrup, the sucrose will set in to hard sugars, but the glucose/inverted sugar syrup acts as a crystallisation inhibitor, vinegar can be used to similar effect (though does not enrich the flavour so). It sets too, but I find too much can lead to weeping.

Also, I have heard that an overly humid environment can be a problem. People used to say not to cook toffee on a humid day.

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Correct sugar temperature is the main factor, bring it just up to the heat required, sugar will overshoot because of heat latency

To improve bubble action add one teaspoon of plain white vinegar at begining of sugar heating processn

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In nigellas recipe she says to only let it boil for 3 minutes before adding bicarb. When I make this I let it boil for 10 minutes before removing from the heat and adding bicarbonate and mine always turn out crispy.

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Do you happen to know what temperature yours is done at? – SourDoh Feb 3 '14 at 23:24

Did you make sure to add enough bicarbonate of soda for your sugar/syrup, AND to ensure you are not stirring the mixture once heat is applied? That's the only thing I can think of that would cause it not to set solid.

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I didn't stir it at all once it was on the heat, and I added 1.5 tsp bicarb like the recipe said (assuming 11/2 means "one and a half" and not "11 over 2"!) – Vicky Dec 4 '10 at 13:14

Less golden syrup...same happened to me, try 1 tablespoon instead of 4

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