This particularly delicious confectionary is a Northern Ireland speciality is not for those without a sweet tooth. Otherwise known as honeycomb, it is traditionally sold at the “Oul’ Lammas Fair”, Ireland’s oldest traditional market fair.
1 & 1/2 cups golden syrup
1 cup brown sugar
50g Irish butter
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda
Take great care with this one as boiling sugar can be very dangerous.
Gently mix the syrup, sugar, butter and vinegar together in a large saucepan. Then bring it slowly to the boil (do not stir). Boil until a drop hardens in cold water, then carefully stir in the baking soda. The mixture will foam up when the soda goes in!
Pour out on to a lightly greased slab and when cool enough to handle, work the edges into the centre. Keep doing this until the mixture turns to a pale yellow colour. Pop it into a lightly greased flat tin and leave to cool and set. When cold, break it into bite size chunks with a clean hammer. For sheer decadence, why not dip it in chocolate.