So it was suggested we try making Cadbury’s Crunchie. You know the honeycombe bar with a chocolate coating. Not my favourite but its got to be easier than making a Mars Bar, right? Wrong. Painfully wrong.
Remember ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’? Well this ain’t it kids.
All the various blogs and the like say this is a really easy creation. Nigella bangs on about ‘whooshing clouds of aerated pale gold’. Another blogger talks about this being the easiest thing to make in the kitchen. WTF? Are these people deluded? Happiness Stan had three goes at this and failed, in an epic fashion, each time.
But it wasn’t the pathetically un-honeycombe-like result; it was the disgusting taste of bicarbonate of soda in each effort. I mean here are the ingredients and the method:
- 100 gms Caster Sugar
- 4 tbsp of Golden Syrup
- 1 tpsp of bicarbonate of soda
Its easy. Mix the sugar and syrup, heat in a pan until its bubbling and then whisk in the soda. Transfer to a greased tray as it is foaming and then leave to set. How hard is that? Lets see.
Its fairly easy to see this one is suffering burnt sugar syndrome. No problem seeing that. So lets try again
Does this look like a Crunchie? No it looks like a cow pat.
Okay so this one isn’t so burnt but it tasted like bleach. Lets try one more time (you know this isn’t going to turn out well)
I’m following Nigella’s method. I’m sure I am…
After letting the sugar bubble I added the Bicarb and let it foam, then poured it into a dish…
Foaming golden loveliness? My rear end it is….
So I let this set. As directed. Then I whacked at it with a spoon and it shattered all over me, covering my T-shirt with bits of gooey sugar. I tasted it. It tasted like bleach. I wasn’t going to let any of my Lindt chocolate near this roadcrash! I give up…