Honeycomb toffee

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Honeycomb Toffee
Cinder Toffee.jpg
Alternative names Sponge toffee, cinder toffee, seafoam, golden crunchers, hokey pokey
Type Toffee
Main ingredients Brown sugar, corn syrup (or molasses or golden syrup), baking soda
Cookbook: Honeycomb Toffee  Media: Honeycomb Toffee
A street seller in Asakusa Tokyo offering hand-made karumeyaki

Honeycomb Toffee, sponge toffee or cinder toffee is a sugary toffee with a light, rigid, sponge-like texture. Its main ingredients are typically brown sugar, corn syrup (or molasses or golden syrup in the Commonwealth) and baking soda, sometimes with an acid such as vinegar. The baking soda and acid react to form carbon dioxide which is trapped in the highly viscous mixture. When acid is not used, thermal decomposition of the baking soda releases carbon dioxide. The lattice structure is formed while the sugar is liquid, then the toffee sets hard.

In some regions it is often made at home, and a popular recipe for children. It is also made commercially and sold in small blocks, or covered in chocolate, popular examples being the Crunchie or Violet Crumble bar.

Regional names[edit]

Honeycomb toffee is known by a wide variety of names including:

In China it's call "蜂窝糖”. It's said to be a popular type confectionary amongst the after-80s in their childhood, and can still trigger some nostalgic feelings.

In various cultures[edit]

The same confection is a traditional sweet in Japan known as karumeyaki (カルメ焼き?), a portmanteau of the Portuguese word caramelo (caramel) and the Japanese word yaki (to bake). It is typically hand-made, and often sold by street vendors.[citation needed] In Hungary, it is known as törökméz (Turkish honey) and commonly sold at town fairs.


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