Last week, I found myself in the only slightly terrifying position of having to make a handmade secret santa gift for the editor of a craft magazine. Gulp.
Usually, in times of crisis, I find myself in the kitchen. Bodging about, I flicked through books and pondered what might make a simple gift with a bit of pizazz. Here is what I came up with.
I cannot express quite how straightforward this is; despite the melting sugar aspect of things, it's just three ingredients, one pan, and takes around 5 minutes. Really, if you're after a speedy, greedy gift then this might just be the answer to your prayers.
You will need:
100g caster sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup, honey or maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g dark chocolate
Baking tray, lined with parchment/baking paper
Weigh the caster sugar and syrup/honey into a pan and mix together.
Set over a medium heat. Don't stir, just gently melt the two together and keep a beady eye on what's taking place in your pan - it shouldn't burn or turn too dark.
Once melted, which should take around three minutes, you're ready to add the bicarb. (If you're that way inclined, use a sugar thermometer to check you've reached 160 degrees or - fnarrr - somewhere around the hard crack area.)
Off the heat, mix in the bicarb with a wooden spoon. It will bubble and rise up like lava - this is what gives honeycomb its bubbly, aerated texture - so work fast, and pour immediately into a small, baking paper-lined tray.
Leave the honeycomb to cool, which takes around half an hour (depending on the temperature of your room). Once cool, bash it up into shards.
Melt the chocolate, either in a double pan or in the microwave for around 90 seconds, in 30 second bursts.
Dip the pieces of honeycomb into the melted chocolate - this quantity is just enough to half coat each piece, so use 200g if you want to fully coat yours - and place back on baking paper to set.
Store in an airtight container (I like Weck jars as they are both functional and look good). Whatever you do, keep it away from moisture. Add a little festive sparkle with a glittery gold ribbon to match the golden treats within.
Chocolate honeycomb should keep for around two weeks, making it an even-more-perfect, perfect present.