I fondly refer to this white chocolate rocky road recipe as blonde rocky road, as scattered with highlights of golden homemade honeycomb, salted popcorn and dark chocolate these bars of deliciousness have far more fun than their brunette counterpart!
Making your own honeycomb is far simpler than you would imagine and I would definitely recommend making extra to dip in chocolate – voila, homemade crunchie bars! If you would like to make it even easier, chop up some crunchie bars and feel free to get creative with your mix ins – I love salted popcorn to counteract the sweetness, but pretzels are delicious in this too, as are salted crackers like Ritz.
For the base
– 400g white chocolate
– 397g tin condensed milk
– 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
– 75g butter
For the honeycomb
– 200g caster sugar
– 70g golden syrup
– pinch of sea salt
– 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
– 100g dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
– 250g salted popcorn
1. Place the chopped white chocolate and butter in a Bain Marie and allow to melt, stirring occasionally.
2. Once melted, add the condensed milk in two batches – it will looked curdled after the first but fear not! Add vanilla and take off the heat.
3. To make the honeycomb, off the heat mix the sugar and golden syrup together in a sauce pan.
4. Place over a medium heat and cook gently until the sugar has dissolved before increasing the heat to high to caramelise.
5. Once the mixture is amber and bubbling (hard crack stage) remove from the heat and immediately add the bicarb and beat in. Be careful, it will be molten and erupt slightly!
6. Pour out the mixture onto a sheet of parchment and allow to set before crumbing into nuggets.
7. To the melted chocolate mix add popcorn and Honeycomb and mix thoroughly, then add the chocolate chunks.
8. Pour into a lined 8×8 pan and allow to set for 5-8 hours or overnight.
9. Drizzle with chocolate, if desired, cut into 16 squares and dive in!
Growing up with the name Darina, I was constantly asked if I could cook like my namesake. I am the only person to have contested both Masterchef and the Great Irish Bake Off and am passionate about discovering and creating delicious things – I can sometimes be caught in the act on TV3’s Six O’Clock Show. Working with TheTaste allows me to satisfy this craving and marries my food fascination with my love of writing and ranting.