Presidents, popes and honeycomb candy … its all about chemistry

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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.

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

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And back to our honeycomb candy! you will need:

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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.

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