Presidents, popes and honeycomb candy … its all about chemistry


I made honeycomb candy with Adriana and its all about chemistry, action and reaction. It’s ideal for breaking up and scattering over ice cream and desserts and surprisingly very easy to make. I love watching the mixture react and bubble with the baking soda.

And today we wait to see President Obama have his first audience on the world stage with Pope Francis and I wonder how the chemistry will work? How will Pope Francis react with Obama’s charisma?

Popes meet Presidents and Presidents visit Popes.

It was only 6 days ago that our own President had a similar audience with the Pope. So animated is everyone in this picture here that it almost reminds me of a family photo, a celebration of the end of a Presidency with just nine more days to go.


And I wonder about the chemistry of President Obama and Pope Benedict? What was it like ?


And back to our honeycomb candy! you will need:


3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon glucose, if you do not have it, leave out

Grease a baking sheet.
I use a non stick spray.
Add the sugar, honey, and water to a saucepan. You can stir the mixture, but it isn’t necessary.
Cook the ingredients over high heat, without stirring, until the mixture reaches 300°F. The sugar will melt, small bubbles will form, the bubbles will become larger, then the sugar will start to carmelize to an amber color.
When the temperature reaches 300°F, remove the pan from heat and whisk the baking soda into the hot syrup. This will cause a reaction and it will bubble up.
Stir just enough to mix the ingredients, then dump the mixture onto the greased baking sheet. Don’t spread out the candy, as this would pop your bubbles. Let it spread naturally.
Allow the candy to cool, then break or cut it into pieces.
Store the honeycomb candy in an airtight container.

And I close today with a more personal picture of another Pope meeting not another President but a monk, my own uncle…. The unique charisma of John Paul II may be a hard act for other Popes to follow.


21 responses to “Presidents, popes and honeycomb candy … its all about chemistry”

  1. What a sweet post. Pope Francis certainly has the humility that many other popes lacked. A monk for an uncle! What do you guys talk about ?

    1. Thank you Emy, glad you like it

  2. Fabulous end photo, what a memory to treasure xx and the honeycomb looks amazing! I’d love to try making it but it wouldn’t get eaten in my house!! I need to wait until I have some guests x

    1. Thank you Elaine, it is a guest kind of thing, I agree !

    1. Thank you for the reblog!

      1. My pleasure, great recipe…kiss Mum for me.

  3. That sounds like brittle. 🙂 I’ve got two kids into the science of foods and cooking.

    1. Yes I suppose it’s brittle too ! hope all well now Jackie !

  4. You’re asking for trouble when you indicate a preference fort John Paul II, Lea … John XXIII would have to be the most loved Pope of our times, wouldn’t you agree …? 🙂
    And we used to make honeycomb when I was a kid; it was something we could make without creating total chaos in the kitchen, for some reason …

    1. You are possibly right Margaret Rose…however the more recent popes have a disadvantage with the constant media scrutiny and the viral spread of news as soon as it is reported. And I have no favorite, merely commented that JP II was incredibly charismatic….

      1. I know, I know: it’s not a subject on which my would-be laconic humour should be employed …

  5. How did you know I am a sweet tooth addict 🙂 I love the title to this post, kinda sounds like a country song. Have a wonderful day!!

    1. Thank you ! Haha, you never know I might start writing music to go with the lyrics next ! Glad you like it !

  6. I love honeycomb. I love it covered in chocolate too!

    1. Yes Gayla! Dark chocolate especially! Have a great day !

  7. I love honeycomb! We used to get a cake at this bakery that had honeycomb in the frosting! Then there was an ice cream parlor that had this on their sundaes! Yum – have to try this easy recipe!

    Thank you for the follow! ^..^ B

  8. Yes it is easy, thank you and have a great weekend !

  9. What dose the glucose do? I don’t have any and am going to leave it out and just curios what it dose.

    1. Glucose prevents crystallization, gives an overall better texture. In the US use corn syrup 🙂

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