Honey Crackles with Popping Candy

I’m in love with honey crackles (AKA honey joys). I thought it would be something I would grow out of…but no! I don’t make them often, because it’s likely I’ll progressively scoff them over the space of a few days until they are all gone. It’s a terrible addition, and one I think I probably have for the rest of my life.

honey cracklesI made these recently for my God Son Oscar’s birthday. I personally triple the honey coating amount, as I hate not having flavour on each flake.

To add a little flair, I sprinkled them with popping candy. This was a hit with both the kids and the adults. It’s a fun twist on the regular honey crackle and adds a bit of theatre to the occasion. Give it a shot and tell me what you think.


  • 5 cups cornflakes (add more if required)
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 9 tbsp butter
  • popping candy (buy here)
  • patty pans


  • Microwave
  • Microwave safe bowl or jug
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Cup measures


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line baking tray with greaseproof paper and lay out patty pans.
  3. Add honey, butter and sugar to microwave safe container and heat until butter melted.
  4. Mix and then heat again so mix boils for around 30 seconds.
  5. Meanwhile measure out cornflakes into a heatproof bowl.
  6. Add hot honey mix to cornflakes and stir through until evenly mixed.
  7. Place spoonfuls of mix into patty pans and place in oven for around 8 minutes or until golden.
  8. I recommend you set a timer, as they can burn quickly…which is extremely devastating!
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  10. Store in airtight container and add sprinkle of popping candy before serving.

 Scientific stuff

Popping candy is very cool stuff! It’s candy that has had high pressure air trapped in it as it cools and hardens. These pockets of air are released quickly as the sugar around them dissolves. Which is why you should keep it very dry until you are ready to eat it.

How much pressure I hear you ask? Well an average car tyre contains around 30 pounds per square inch of pressure (PSI). The gas trapped in the popping candy is a whopping 600 PSI!

As you can imagine, you can’t make popping candy at home, but you can buy it here.