This bourbon honeycomb candy recipe is not difficult to make and makes a wonderful food gift. Or crush it and top ice cream or add to cookies like I did with my Bourbon Honeycomb Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

And while it might be gilding the lily just a bit, the chocolate drizzle is both pretty and and tasty!
For ease of browsing, here are all of my candy recipes in one place. Thanks for stopping by!

Cookies and honeycomb candy on a wooden board with a jar of bourbon-infused honey and more honeycomb candy in the background.

Candy and Cookies. Candy IN Cookies!

Usually when I make candy, I make it for its own sake. Last week, I made this Bourbon honeycomb candy recipe for the sake of cookies.

I made the cookies for a friend’s birthday, and she was Well Pleased.

First I whipped up more of that bourbon honeycomb candy, and then I made more Honeycomb Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Because who doesn’t want cookies for their birthday?

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a cooling rack of honeycomb chocolate chunk cookies and a plate of cookies

While you can leave the honeycomb out of the cookies, they are pretty spectacular with it in, so I’m making sure I also posted the honeycomb candy recipe since it’s part of what makes the cookies so special.

Any honeycomb candy is great in my book. Still, if you can get your hands on some Bourbon-Infused Honey from Cloister Honey, you will be Very Happy Indeed!

Wax paper with stacks of bourbon honeycomb candy drizzled with chocolate.

Ingredients for Honeycomb Candy

Like most old fashioned candy recipes, the ingredient list for honeycomb is short and sweet.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • brown sugar
  • honey
  • corn syrup
  • water
  • salt
  • baking soda

And if you want to drizzle your honeycomb with chocolate, you can melt together chocolate with some oil for a homemade coating chocolate or use one my my favorite store bought coating chocolates from Chocoley.

Candy Making Equipment

Wooden cutting board with bourbon honeycomb candy and Bourbon Honeycomb Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

The tools you need to make any candy are pretty much the same, so whether you’re going to be making just this candy or lots of different kinds. you’ll want to invest in a good, heavy bottomed saucepan, an accurate instant read thermometer, a non-warping half sheet pan and a Silpat or other non-stick baking mat.

Use Caution When Making Honeycomb Candy or When Working with Any Molten Sugar

Sugar gets hot, friends. So much hotter than boiling water, and a boiling water burn is bad enough.

Please use caution when working with sugar. Here are my tips for being as safe as possible:

  1. Don’t let young children or pets in the kitchen when working with sugar.
  2. Keep a bowl of ice water handy to the stove. If molten sugar does splash on you, immediately dunk that part of you in the cold water.
  3. Use a pot that is larger than you think you need to minimize any potential splattering or splashing. I like to use a 4 quart pot unless I am making a very small amount of candy.

And now, without further ado, I give you the Bourbon Honeycomb Candy Recipe to either eat by itself, crush over ice cream or use when making your own Bourbon Honeycomb Chocolate Chunk Cookies!

Other Candy Recipes from PCO

I love to make candy, and I have quite a number of candy recipes on the blog. My old fashioned butter mints recipe doesn’t require cooking, so it’s a great one to make with your kids.

If you are well versed in candy making and like a challenge, try my crispy crunchy homemade Butterfinger recipe. I tested it 9 times to get it as right as I possibly could.

And if you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know butterscotch is one of my favorite flavors. I have a recipe for old fashioned chewy butterscotch as well as butterscotch hard candy.

Any of these recipes would make wonderful gifts or just treats to have around the house.

Bourbon Honeycomb Candy Recipe

A plate of honeycomb candy drizzled with chocolate.

If you want the honey flavor to really shine, just use granulated sugar and leave out the molasses. Either way, this candy’s deep flavor is a great contrast to its light, crunchy texture. Enjoy!

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a plate of chocolate drizzled honeycomb candy

Bourbon Honeycomb Candy Recipe

Jennifer Field
This bourbon honeycomb candy recipe is delicious. The toothaching sweetness is cut by both the bourbon and the addition of a judicious amount of salt. I think you will really love it.
4 from 2 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Candy Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 1 /2 sheet pan
Calories 99 kcal

Ingredients

  • 10.5 oz 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar + 1 Tablespoon molasses OR 10.5 oz brown sugar (1 1/2 cups, well-packed)
  • Bourbon-Infused Honey light corn syrup and water combined in a 1 cup measure: 1/2 honey, 1/4 corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons sifted fresh baking soda (if it has been sitting in your pantry for a few months, buy new)

Instructions
 

  • Line a half-sheet pan with Silpat or spray it lightly with pan spray. Set aside on a heat-proof surface convenient to the stove.
  • Place all the ingredients except the salt in a heavy-bottomed 3 or 4-quart saucepan. Stir well and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat up to medium-high, and cover with the lid for a minute or two to wash down any sugar crystals from the sides of the pan.
  • Remove the lid and cook, gently swirling the pan occasionally, until the mixture reaches 300F-305F.
  • Immediately remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the baking soda until the whole mixture is uniformly foamy and light.
  • Pour/scrape onto the prepared pan, but don’t spread it out. Just let it sit there until completely cool.
  • Break up (or crush to use in the Bourbon Honeycomb Chocolate Chunk Cookies). Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.

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Notes

This recipe makes much more candy than you will need to make cookies, so share with friends or just store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
As with most candies, humidity affects your final product. Make this and most candies on a clear day with low humidity. Save rainy days for baking bread!
Nutritional Information is based on 1/20 recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 25gSodium: 168mgSugar: 25g
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And there you have it, friends. I know you will love this Bourbon honeycomb candy recipe, and I can almost guarantee that the Bourbon honeycomb chocolate chip cookies will be one of your new favorite cookies!

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today. Take care, and have a lovely day.

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7 Comments

    1. Hi, Julie. I created the recipe to feature Cloister honey, so that is why I used it. I provide links to purchase, or you can make the recipe using regular honey and add a small splash of Bourbon. Hopefully the recipe inspires you to make your own spin. Enjoy!

  1. 4 stars
    I have never thought about using honey in cookies before. These are something I am going to have to make, so the next time I stop by the store I’m getting ingredients. Something else that could be fun, do you think making the cookies into a honeycomb shape would not ruin it?

    1. Hey there! If you mean a 3D honeycomb shape (like a beehive look), I think they wouldn’t bake all the way through and the centers might end up too gooey. And with all the mixins, they probably wouldn’t hold their shape very well, Sarah. I think I’d stick with a traditional drop cookie for these guys. I hope you enjoy them!

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