I don’t know if you have a favorite holiday, but mine is Halloween. Hands down. The winter-gift-giving holidays are a little too much stress on the approach. And, although I enjoy the gluttony of the event, Thanksgiving requires a little too much prep time now that I’m an adult. As a child, it was all parades and naps and extra pie. Now, it’s dishes in the ovens and don’t forget the rolls.
Halloween, however, is simply a joyous event… especially for a coroner’s daughter. All the weird and creepy things I like – owls, witches, ghosts, strange creatures that lurk in the night – are celebrated. It’s a chance to step out of these mortal coils and assume a character of epic proportions. Or, at the very least, to get drunk with your friends while eating dubious amounts of candy and wearing devil horns.
At this point in my life, I’m not much of a drinker and I really am not too keen to waste the calories on gorging myself on a pillowcase full of candy. But, I’m not going to allow my burgeoning adult tendencies to diminish my appreciation of Halloween.
No way. Thankfully, as per usual, Dana is ready to rush to my rescue. Her Vegan Honeycomb Candy satisfies my seasonal sweet tooth and it’s both Vegan (no honey) and Chocolate-Free. Best yet, you can whip up this recipe in virtually no time at all.
Usually, I save my annual chocolate allotment for Halloween, but, if you remember from last week, I used my yearly dosage on Dana’s Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie so I might have to skip my Peanut Butter Snickers plan. TOTALLY WORTH IT. Now that I have this Vegan Honeycomb Candy recipe, I have no need for Mars, Inc. and their factory-produced riffraff.
And, now that candy is covered, all I have left to worry about is my costume. Usually, I try to come up with something different. That means, I usually go as something nobody gets. In case you didn’t follow that thought through to the end, that means I usually come up with dumb costumes. Dumb costumes seem to be my lot in life, but that doesn’t prevent me from throwing myself into the whole process with everything I’ve got.
This year I think I’m going to go as a book fairy. When I told my 7-year-old nephew, he asked, rather poignantly, “Is that a costume you buy or a costume you make?” I told him I would be making my costume and he said, “Oh,” with as much disdain as you can pack into a single syllable.
Well, that tiny Storm Trooper is in for one hell of a surprise. I’m going to get to work on my wings this week and start tearing apart old Anne Rice novels for the construction process. Her books are, after all, the only ones I feel comfortable disemboweling for this costume project. It’s going to be the best dumb costume I’ve come up with yet.
And, with an offering of Vegan Honeycomb Candy, my guests will be distracted from the piecemeal assemblage I will be inevitably wearing with excessive pride – flashing lights, pink hair, and all.
This candy is extra sweet and you can dress it up to suit your taste. Dana says, “If you break the candy into fairly big pieces, it can be dipped in melted chocolate for extra deliciousness. It can also be broken up in to small pieces and used as a topping for ice cream or for garnishing cakes, cupcakes, donuts… you name it!”
- 1/3 cup butter (I use Earth Balance)
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3 TBSP water
- 2 1/2 tsp baking soda (be sure there are no clumps)
- Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray of choice.
- Combine all ingredients EXCEPT baking soda in a fairly deep saucepan,
- Heat ingredients over medium high heat until it reaches 270 degrees (approximately 12 minutes or so). The mixture should be golden brown. You can try to eyeball it, but this is where a candy thermometer is really useful. It's easy to take it off the heat too soon, in which case the candy won't set up properly. It's also easy to let it go for too long, in which case the candy will taste burned. Yuck!
- Once mixture has reached the appropriate temperature, remove from heat and quickly stir in the baking soda. The baking soda will cause the mixture to foam up significantly (like your old science fair volcano), which is why you want to use a deep-ish pan for this.
- After the baking soda is incorporated into the mixture, pour into prepared 8x8 pan and let sit until candy hardens (usually about 30-45 minutes). Break into pieces and enjoy!
- This candy is pretty sweet, so be ready!