I’m really happy with this recipe, and I’m sure you will like it too! What we have here are really chocolatey macaron shells, filled with milk chocolate ganache and rolled in homemade honeycomb. That’s right – the upmarket patisserie version of that old favourite chocolate bar, the Crunchie!
It was one of my favourites as a child and nowadays, I save a bar for when I need a sweet nostalgia trip in the form of a choccie bar in a very aesthetically pleasing, brightly coloured packet. Yup, I’ve still got the mental age of an 8-year-old when choosing my candy! When I came up with the recipe for these and explained what I was up to to Hungry Hubby, he came up with the best name for my Crunchie Macarons – Macarunchies! Chic and fun in equal measure!
Since I discovered a trustworthy and reproducible macaron, I’ve been gradually increasing the amount of cocoa to see how much I can add before they fail. My first ones were very pale and delicately flavoured, in fact, the almond was very present in the cocoa but I’ve had great results upping the cocoa to the amount in this new recipe. Utterly delicious and perfect to mimic a confectionary classic in the form of a macaron.
If you have never had a Crunchie bar before, they are simply a bar of honeycomb (which also goes by the names cinder toffee and hokey pokey – how can you not love a sweet treat with such fantastically poetic synonyms?) covered in milk chocolate. I liked biting off the chocolate from the sides and ends before I devoured the golden nugget central bar of honeycomb when I was a tot.
After the success of my Creme Brûlée Macarons I simply had to got a-rollin’ and whip up a batch of honeycomb to finish them off with. If you have never made it yourself before, you’ll be thrilled to hear it takes seconds to make and is utterly compulsive to eat. You’ll be crumbling it onto ice cream sundaes, dipping chunks in chocolate, filling cakes and baking it into cupcakes before you know it!
This post is in no way sponsored by Cadbury’s by the way, I’m just a little bit obsessed with using favourite confectionary style chocolate in my bakes. As evidenced by my Terry’s Chocolate Orange Brownies, Malteaser Cookies and Homemade Rolos. Don’t forget to check them out too 😀