Thank Crunchie it’s (almost) Friday!
Whilst the range of dairy-free chocolate is getting better all the time, it pales in comparison to the ‘regular’ chocolate selection in any shop. So regular blog followers will know that every now and then I try to experiment with an everyday and iconic bar to enable the girls to get a taste of what their friends eat.
The most popular so far have been my dairy-free KitKats and Creme Eggs – I was pretty pleased with both of those (excuse the boast). This time I thought I’d experiment with Crunchie bars, yet another ‘classic’ and a childhood favourite.
Homeycomb in itself is pretty easy to make, and it’s lots of fun watching the caramel turn into a bubbling volcano of sugary foam ( but do be extremely careful as honeycomb is burning hot).
It’s also very easy to make uneven shards of honeycomb but I wondered how to make it into even bars like real crunchies. The answer is to pour the honeycomb into oiled silicone chocolate bar moulds and once set you have the most perfect honeycomb bars. Not that it makes any difference to the taste but as my goal is to recreate the original as best I can, it seems important.
I know original Crunchies are coated in milk chocolate but the dark chocolate contrasts really well with the ever-so-sweet honeycomb and actually makes a far better bar. Have fun dipping the honeycomb into the chocolate… messy but satisfying.
Dairy-free Homemade Crunchie Bars
(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, can be soya-free, can be gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)
makes 12 bars
200g caster sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
150g chocolate, melted
- Oil the chocolate moulds, or a baking tray with sides.
- Gently melt together the sugar and syrup (in a high sided saucepan which has plenty of spare space) until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to a bubble and simmer until it turns lightly golden (this won’t take long).
- Remove from the heat and pour in the bicarbonate of soda, stir briefly to ensure the whole thing is foaming.
- Pour into the moulds or onto the baking tray. Leave to set.
- Un-mould or break into shards.
- Melt the chocolate and dip the bars/shards to totally cover.