Homemade Honey Candy

So one thing I love about this time of year is all the yummy treats! It starts to get cold, and all I want to do is stay inside and make delicious foods! When I worked at Cox Honeyland, one of my favorite candies was their Old-Fashioned Honey Candy – the kind you can pull! It is delicious, and it’s fun to make! 🙂

Serves: 48

Homemade Honey Candy

30 minPrep Time

1 hr, 15 Cook Time

1 hr, 45 Total Time

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  • 2 cups melted honey
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • butter (or butter-flavored cooking spray)


  1. Combine the first 3 ingredients and cook slowly on medium heat until it forms a hard ball when you drop it into ice water. It took me about an hour. As the mixture gets close to being done, the bubbles from the boil will get a lot smaller and closer together. Pour the mixture onto a buttered cooking sheet. When cooled, pull with buttered hands. Stretch, twist and pull until firm (this is the fun part! ;)) and then form into long ropes and place on waxed paper. Cut into bite size pieces. If you want, you can roll them in powdered sugar and wrap them in wax paper.

This recipe is courtesy of Cox Honey

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29 Responses to “Homemade Honey Candy”

  1. I'm pretty good at just figuring things out as I go but I'm also a little confused by these directions. I cooked for an hour and did the water test and never really saw this hard ball formation. I poured it out on the buttered sheet but I'm not quite clear on the pull and twist part. Maybe if you included step by step pictures with the directions I bet that would help a lot. :)
  2. I am excited to try this recipe... We used to make honey candy all the time, but did not use the cream... I'm sure this would be a great recipe as I love honey and I love cream even more. We used to just put honey, water, sugar and sometimes lemon to make a great cough drop with the honey, boil it to a hard ball and stretch it like making taffy.. If you don't want to do the water test method you can purchase a candy thermometer and just cook it to 255 degrees....
  3. Readers.. Not all grandmothers, great grandmothers had cooking thermometers. "Hard ball stage" referring to candy, means that you get a bowl of ice, add some water. When a drop of the honey candy mixture hits the iced water, it will crystallize if it is ready. At that point it's spread on waxed paper. When it cools enough to handle, children pull it, twist it into a braid, cool & cut. Oh, and don't substitute anything. This is a very old recipe. It's sticky but wonderful.
  4. Hello! Thank you for the recipe. My daughter is expecting in February and she’s planning a grey/white/yellow “bumblebee” nursery (not in your face bumblebees, just hints here an there. We are also planning her shower for the same theme. If you don’t pull the candy (like taffy I assume) does it stay soft and pliable like caramels or harden up like a Jolly Rancher?

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