Dark chocolate covered crunchy honey comb chunks. Covered in William Curley's signature use of Amedei's Toscano 70%. Yes, yes, and Yes!
What is Cinder Toffee? AKA: Honeycomb, puff candy, golden crunchers, hokey pokey, sponge candy, and sea foam depending upon where you come from.
Honeycomb toffee, sponge toffee or cinder toffee is a sugary toffee with a light, rigid, sponge-like texture. Its main ingredients are typically brown sugar, corn syrup (or molasses or golden syrup in the Commonwealth) and baking soda, sometimes with an acid such as vinegar. The baking soda and acid react to form carbon dioxide which is trapped in the highly viscous mixture. When acid is not used, thermal decomposition of the baking soda releases carbon dioxide. The lattice structure is formed while the sugar is liquid, then the toffee sets hard.
In some regions it is often made at home, and a popular recipe for children. It is also made commercially and sold in small blocks, or covered in chocolate, popular examples being the Crunchie or Violet Crumble bar.
This is by far the best use of the Toscano 70% yet. While I love Amedei, sometimes I want to see Mr. Curley branch out a bit and use different blends or cacao percentages. What I mean is 60%'s tend to be rich and sweet but draw out natural fruity tones on chocolate. That could really enhance some of his creations. Or going bolder with a 75% for some of the already sugary and sweet fillings. But right now, tasting this combination, it's the best compliment to the chocolate for a change.
Nice sweet honey, crispy and airy for the crunchy texture, not too brittle as some might expect, and some pretty floral notes from both the honey and the chocolate. The honey is also golden and lightly caramelized in the opening tastes but not overwhelming on honey. If you go too far with honey, it becomes cloying. The chocolate really balances the crispy comb. Really nice treat here. I like this a lot and may have to have it come out regularly with my annual William Curley drop off.
It's very sweet, but very delightful. I think this is the perfect accompaniment for tea. It appears to be a worldwide treat many are familiar with. I personally have not had this before. But I am very happy I tried it.