Vegan Crunchie Bars (Chocolate Honeycomb)

Vegan Crunchie Bars - honeycomb covered in dairy-free chocolate (also known as cinder toffee or hokey-pokey). This vegan recipe uses just 5 ingredients. They taste uncannily like the originals!
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
4.59 from 31 votes

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stack of honeycomb chocolate bars.

Vegan crunchies, cinder toffee, honeycomb, hokey pokey…whatever you like to call them they are delicious! Do you ever get nostalgia when you think of a certain recipe that takes you back to your childhood? For me, crunchies do just that as they were one of my favourite treats growing up. If you’re a fan of crunchies you’ll definitely want to try these vegan butterfingers as well. Both of these recipes are perfect for Halloween season.

How can you make crunchie bars vegan?

They are super easy to make vegan-friendly. Of course vegans don’t consume honey, as this is taken from bees (who produce honey for themselves, not for humans). Some honeycomb recipes that you’ll find online will call for adding honey, but it actually isn’t needed at all, and isn’t even an ingredient in most conventional store bought honeycomb candies, yay! Another easy switch to make them vegan-friendly is to use dairy-free chocolate, which is available readily nowadays or you can always use a dark chocolate too.

VEGAN CRUNCHIES (CINDER TOFFEE)

Ingredients overview

  • Dairy free chocolate: I love using dairy free “milk” chocolate for this one as it’s closest to the original crunchie bars. You could make your own vegan milk chocolate at home if you’re feeling adventurous.
  • Caster sugar: If you’re based in the US this is known as superfine sugar. Brown sugar will not work for this recipe, I’ve tried. You’ll need to use good ole white sugar for this one.
  • Golden syrup: this prevents the sugar from crystallising to an extent.
  • Baking soda: This is added to the caramel as it reacts to the acid found in the sugars and creates air bubbles.
  • Water: I don’t usually list this one as an ingredient, but for this recipe it’s a vital one.

ingredients for making homemade vegan crunchie bars.

How to make chocolate honeycomb (with step-by-step photos)

(Full ingredient quantities and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post)

Step 1: Prepare

Preparation is key to the success of this recipe. Start by making sure you have all your equipment ready and ingredients measured out, as you will need to work quickly once the honeycomb mixture is ready.

  • Weigh out your ingredients into separate bowls and have them ready to go
  • Grease your silicone moulds with a little sunflower or coconut oil. If you’re using a baking tray (8×8”), line it with greaseproof paper.

silicone mould for homemade crunchies.

Above is the silicone mould that I use 

Step 2: Make the honeycomb

To make the cinder toffee add the water, sugar and golden syrup to your pot and place on a medium heat. Stir using a wooden spoon for a few minutes until all of the sugar has melted.

At this point stop stirring the mixture, as continuing to do so will cause the sugar to crystalise. Instead turn up the heat to medium-high, and place your candy thermometer into the syrup to monitor the temperature. You want the syrup to get to 149°C, known as the ‘hard crack’ stage of candy making, this will take around 15 minutes, so be patient and keep a very close eye on the pot.

Once the syrup hits 149°C remove the pot from the heat and immediately add in the bicarbonate of soda. Whisk for a few seconds to combine the mixture. Be careful to only whisk in one direction, either clockwise or anticlockwise, as whisking in both directions will deflate the honeycomb. (be very careful not to touch it as it is extremely hot!).

Step 3: Transfer to moulds and set

Transfer the mixture directly to your silicone moulds and/or baking dish and do not touch them once filled. Allow the honeycomb to set completely for 1-2 hours without moving it.

homemade honeycomb in moulds.

Once it is completely set and at room temperature, you can remove the honeycomb from the moulds, or cut it into pieces if you used a baking dish. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler and dip the bars into it, allowing them to set on top of a cooling rack.

vegan crunchie bars.

Expert tips for making perfect cinder toffee 

Preparation is key

That being said, there really aren’t that many steps to getting set up for this recipe. However it’s extremely important that you get all your ingredients and equipment prepped and ready to go before turning on the hob. The only way to get the right consistency and crunch of your cinder toffee is to adhere to the exact recipe method and timings – so spending that couple of minutes setting yourself up at the start could mean the difference between crunchy honeycomb and a rock hard or sticky mess!

Whisk in one direction

Be careful to only whisk in one direction, either clockwise or anticlockwise, as whisking in both directions will deflate the honeycomb. 

Use silicone moulds

Although this recipe will work fine with an 8×8″ baking tray, I highly recommend using sillicone moulds as they will shape the cinder toffee into bars. If you use a baking dish, you will need to cut and break the cinder toffee apart, and you will not be able to get the clean lines and finish of a silicone mould.

Fill the moulds slowly

Fill your moulds with the cinder toffee slowly. Use a spatula to ease half of the mixture into the moulds. The honeycomb will deflate slightly, then top up the moulds with the remaining half of the mixture to ensure that they get filled to the brim.

Storage instructions

These bars don’t like heat, cold or moisture. So be sure to store them in an airtight container at room temperature – they can last for a few weeks.

stack of chocolate honeycomb bars.

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Vegan Crunchie Bars

4.59 from 31 votes
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Crunchie bars - honeycomb wrapped in dairy-free chocolate (also known as cinder toffee or hokey-pokey) This vegan-friendly recipe requires only 5 ingredients. They taste uncannily like the originals!
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Servings 10

EQUIPMENT

  • Candy thermometer
  • Silicone moulds or 8x8" baking tray

INGREDIENTS

  • 170 g Caster sugar
  • 100 g Golden syrup
  • 50 ml Water
  • 1.5 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 160 g Vegan-friendly chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Begin by making sure you have all your equipment ready and ingredients measured out, as you will need to work quickly once the honeycomb mixture is ready.
  • Use a little bit of sunflower or coconut oil to grease up the silicone moulds, or if you are using a baking dish be sure to line it with some greaseproof paper.
  • Add the water, sugar and golden syrup to your pot and place on a medium heat. Stir using a wooden spoon for a few minutes until all of the sugar has melted.
  • At this point stop stirring the mixture, as continuing to do so will cause the sugar to crystalise, Instead turn up the heat to medium-high, and place your candy thermometer into the syrup to monitor the temperature. You want the syrup to get to 149°C, known as the ‘hard crack’ stage of candy making, this will take around 15 minutes, so be patient and keep a very close eye on the pot.
  • Once the syrup hits 149°C remove the pot from the heat and immediately add in the bicarbonate of soda. Whisk for a few seconds to combine the mixture. Be careful to only whisk in one direction, either clockwise or anticlockwise, as whisking in both directions will deflate the honeycomb. (be very careful not to touch it as it is extremely hot!).
  • Transfer the mixture directly to your silicone moulds and/or baking dish and do not touch them once filled. Allow the honeycomb to set completely for 1-2 hours without moving it.
  • Once it is completely set and at room temperature, you can remove the honeycomb from the moulds, or cut it into pieces if you used a baking dish. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler and dip the bars into it, allowing them to set on top of a cooling rack.
  • Once set, store the honeycomb bars at room temperature in an airtight container, do not refrigerate!

NUTRITION

Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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