22 Oct 2012

DIY: Recipe For How To Make Cinder Toffee For Halloween

Eeeek! Only 9 sleeps left till Halloween!

As we're putting the finishing touches to our spooktacular costumes, we thought we would share one last Halloween diy with you. Once you've made your space invader pinata, your sugar skull brooches and printed out our amazing free Frankenstein candy boxes, there is only one more important thing left to do... Make the candy!

You cant have a good night trick or treating without a good sweetie to share, so today we thought we've share our favorite one; cinder toffee! 

Much like the honeycomb center you find in those crunchie bars, this recipe has that amazing toffee taste but doesn't break your teeth. It's not only a lot of fun to make, but it is super easy AND you will feel like a mad scientist in the process... Do you think you can handle it?

You will need:
200g caster sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup 
1 tbsp bicarbonate soda
a little butter and a deep tray
... and some rock salt for those of you who love salted caramel!

Start by greasing your pan so the cinder toffee doesn't stick and getting all your ingredients at the ready. 

Put the sugar and golden syrup into a pan and heat it up slowly, stirring it all the time. Do this until the sugar dissolves and the sticky mixture starts to go a deep golden brown colour. You need to stir this like a mad woman to make sure the sugar doesn't burn and stick to your pan as hot sugar is hardcore! 

When you're ready, take the pan off the heat and whisk the bicarbonate soda into the sugar syrup. You need to do this quite quickly and vigorously as the mixture cools really fast. Watch out as it will bubble and spatter as you do this - and it is a LOT of fun! 

Then pour it into your tray and let it cool. It will rise some more which is perfect, so don't be tempted to pop it! Quickly sprinkle on your salt if you're feeling a bit daring and allow to harden and cool completely. 

When it comes to the crunch time, you get to smash it into big shards for sharing. Best candy ever!

We hope you've had a lot of fun experimenting with this recipe and we hope you have the best night ever!

Happy baking :D

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  1. MMmmm, toffee could be one of my very favorite things!

    1. Glad to hear you agree Jamie! I think it's totally overlooked for Halloween. It's amazing!

  2. I LOOOOOOVE CINDER TOFFEEEE!!! I will be giving this a go! And your candy boxes look great! So sorry I've not dropped by in a while, I've been so busy since Seeg's parents have been in the country! But, back to normality now! Hope you're all well! ♥

    1. Thanks Kim :D Thats really sweet of you!
      I hope you had an amazing holiday and lots of fun in London! Glad to have you back though :)

  3. I am off to buy the ingredients NOW!!! Can't wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hee hee :B I'm so happy to hear how excited you are! Hooray! Enjoy!

  4. Mmmm... I've not made toffee in years! I think the last time was back when I was a girl guide. I love the little boxes you have in your photo too, very cute. Just found your blog through the Better Blogger Network (I was looking for other bloggers in Edinburgh) and you guys are really cute. Your shop is amazing too, love the typewriter print.

    Anyway, that came off gushier and longer than I planned, but just wanted to say how much I like your blog xo

    1. Hi Alice

      Thanks so much for the sweet message! It's really lovely to hear that you like our blog and shop :D And it is awesome to meet a fellow blogger from Edinburgh! Loving your bright pink and purple hair :) cute outfit posts too! I will defo be going back to read more later on today!
      I hope you have a go at our cinder toffee recipe - I bet it will bring back some great memories! xx

  5. OMG that looks so good! Might have to try that this weekend.

    If only we could hand out handmade goodies for Halloween.

    1. It's really sweet, but totally delicious! Maybe if you packaged it up you can hand it out... I'm not sure of the rules for handing out treat sweets, but I reckon anything is better that giving a kid fruit! Haha!