Today, I thought I’d share with you how I make honey “Tootsie Rolls” for my kids using just: honey, cocoa powder, coconut oil, water, and vanilla.
This is basically a chewy chocolate honey candy, cut and wrapped like a tootsie roll. Presentation is everything, my friends! (Especially when dealing with kids!)
Honey Tootsie Rolls
1 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/8 cup water
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (more for a dark chocolate version; use less for a lighter “milk chocolate” flavor)
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
Directions to Make:
Combine honey, coconut oil, water and cocoa powder thoroughly and until completely blended together, in a heavy saucepan. The mixture will boil up, so make sure it’s a fairly deep one.
Set burner heat to medium and allow to come to a boil. Clip your candy thermometer to the side of the pan and keep an eye on it, ensuring that your candy stays at a nice, steady boil until it reaches 300 degrees F (hard crack stage) on your candy thermometer. This will take a while – somewhere around 15 to 20 minutes, but possibly longer (or shorter) depending on your stove & even the weather. Stir periodically during this time.
Keep a close eye on the mixture. If it starts to smell scorched, remove it from the heat right away. It’s better to have a too soft candy, that will firm up in the freezer or refrigerator, than one with a burnt taste. Next time, cook lower and slower.
Remove from heat, carefully add vanilla and stir well (it will splatter & sizzle for a few seconds) then pour into a parchment paper lined 8×8 baking dish.
Let cool completely. First use a knife to score lines and then switch to kitchen shears to cut tootsie roll like stick shapes. If the mixture is too chewy to do this, stick it in the fridge for about ten minutes. If you chill it too much though, it will get hard & brittle and be difficult to cut without shattering. It’s a balancing act – finding the perfect temperature for easiest cutting!
Wrap each piece individually in little rectangles of wax paper. Twist the ends a few times to hold everything in place. You can make these even more fun with the judicious use of a few colorful stickers and/or ribbons.
Serve at room temperature for a chewy texture.
Around 24 (2 dozen) “tootsie rolls”
Room temperature – around 3 or 4 days (after that they start getting sticky)
Refrigerator – a week or so
Freezer – several months