Home Made Candy: Honey Bubble Cake and Popcorn Trees

Here are some classic candy recipes from my childhood. I've pillaged them all from my Mum's cookbook so they are more than likely from a 1986 copy of New Zealand Woman's Weekly magazine or the Edmonds Cookbook aka "The Bible of Cooking". These recipes make great gifts, freeze well for when you have visitors or are a fun rainy day project when the kids need a sugar high (drop them off at Grandmas after...)

Honey Bubble Cake

125gm unsalted butter
2 tablespoons honey
125gm brown or raw sugar
4 cups of rice bubbles
1/2 cup dessicated coconut (optional - I never add it)

Melt butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan and bring to the boil
Boil for 2-3 minutes stirring well
Add rice bubble and coconut, stir well and press into a tin or individual cases
Set in the fridge and cut if needed

How to clean the pan!
Fill the pan with water up to the line of the toffee and put back onto the stove
Simmer on a low heat until the toffee stuck to the side has melted into the water
Carefully remove from heat and clean
Honey Bubble Popcorn Tree
This is another fun variation, basically you swap the rice bubbles for popped popcorn for a caramel popcorn treat.
  • Stir 2/3 of the toffee mix into the popcorn and pour onto a plate and mould into a pyramid (or Christmas tree depending on the season) shape. (note: toffee will be hot! Allow it to cool and wet your hands first)
  • Pour over the rest of the toffee to set the shape
  • While the toffee is warm you can stick nuts or glace cherries to your "tree"
  • After it's set allow guests to rip into the big, sticky tree - have some napkins handy...

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