Saturday, 19 December 2009

Hand printed bags of handmade honeycomb

Hand printed bags of handmade honeycomb
Hand printed bags of handmade honeycomb
Hand printed bags of handmade honeycomb
Hand printed bags of handmade honeycomb
I made some honeycomb a while ago and it went down a treat with my friends, so I thought it would make a great little treat for Christmas. Originally, I was going to put it in some star-and-stripe printed candy cones like the ones I did for Halloween but I ended up running out of time! Instead, I came up with a quick way of making some pretty Christmas candy packaging for my honeycomb.

I had ordered some white paper candy bags for Halloween but ended up using the striped ones instead. So, after trying out my snowflake stamps in pink, green, pale blue and red (my holiday colour scheme) on my paper bags, I came to the conclusion that only red would look the best. I quickly got to randomly stamping 4 different styles of snowflakes all over the front of the bags then filled them with the honeycomb and used some of my striped masking tape to seal the backs of the bags. Ready to go!

I popped into Paperchase to pick up some stamps and reindeer candles and saw some boxes of mini clothing pegs with little red felt deer on the front. I thought they would be a cute addition to the bags of candy, with the added bonus that they could also be used to attach the Christmas cards to the back of the bags!

Honeycomb (makes about 10 bags)

Ingredients
600g caster sugar
2 tbsp liquid glucose
100ml water
100ml liquid honey
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
500g dark chocolate

Cooking instructions
  1. Place the sugar, honey, water and liquid glucose in a heavy based jug. Using a candy thermometer, heat until the temperature reaches 160deg C
  2. Remove from heat quickly
  3. Add the bicarbonate of soda and whisk immediately
  4. Pour onto a greased baking sheet and leave to cool down
  5. Break into small chunks
  6. Temper dark chocolate (click for details)
  7. Pour chocolate over the chunks of honeycomb
  8. Place on a sheet of baking paper and leave in fridge to set


Candy bag details
Snowflake stamps
Snowflake stamps
Reindeer pegs
Packaging
White sweet bags
Snowflake stamps
Colorbox ink pad - cranberry
Reindeer clips
Striped masking tape

Have a sweet day!
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15 comments:

  1. Another amazing idea...where do you come up with these? You really need to write a book...I would buy many! Your images are amazing. Hope all is well...wishing you a wonderful Christmas filled with love...peace..joy...family and friends. xoxoxo

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  2. Love this. The packaging, everything!

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  3. You really are too clever! I love this!

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  4. Wow, lucky friends! I love these pretty bags of homemade candy and the reindeer pegs do add a lovely finishing touch. Beautiful and delicious!

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  5. I'm not sure that I have ever had honeycomb. Hmmm. I might have to try the recipe for fun. Lord knows I have way too much time on my hands! :)

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  6. how cute, darling! you always make the best presents!
    xoxo

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  7. oh these look yummy! i haven't done any seasonal baking this year!! but reading this post makes me want to!

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  8. So pretty, and yummy. Anyone would be pleased to munch on that...

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  9. I agree with Koralee - I would certainly buy your book! Don't you just love Paperchase - I live so far away from one my till receipt when I do get a chance to go is astronomical!
    xx

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  10. Hi Torie, wow you are sooo creative, must try this one out on my friends, it looks delicous and so festive! You are truly the sweetest blog in my my blogging diary!Thank-you for all your lovely comments this year and I hope you have a fantastic Christmas!! Sharon xxxoo

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  11. What a splendid idea. I'm really liking those pretty snowflake stamps.
    Maureen

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  12. Aaahhh these look sooooo sweet!
    love
    Alison
    x

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  13. They look absoluetly amazing!!! Congrats! I also want to thank you for your lovely comments on my blog this year! I wish a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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  14. I for one would be happy receiving a bag of that honeycomb!!!

    Victoria x

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  15. I'm so broke this year, it's not even funny! I was thinking of baking some goodies and giving them as x'mas gifts. This is a great "packaging" idea!!! Woo-hoo! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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