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Christmas Gifting – Honeycomb

Christmas is around the corner and homemade Christmas gifts are a great cost-saving and a way to show you care. Here’s a recipe for Honeycomb made in the Thermomix and the cost saving you can have compared to buying it.

Whether you call it honeycomb, hokey pokey or cinder toffee, this Thermomix recipe is amazing.


  • 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda, sifted
  • 300 g white sugar
  • 1080 g water
  • 20 g honey or golden syrup
  • 50 g vinegar


  1. To guarantee the success of recipes using Sugar Stages, please follow the exact quantity and description for all ingredients. The recipe should also be cooked immediately after placing the sugar with the other ingredients in the mixing bowl.
  2. Line a square cake tin (18 x 18 cm) with baking paper (paper should be approx. 5 cm higher than the tin – see Tips) and place on a heat-resistant surface.
  3. Sift bicarbonate of soda and set aside. Place sugar, 80 g water and honey into mixing bowl and start Sugar Stages without measuring cup.
  4. Immediately add reserved bicarbonate of soda around the blades and quickly stir with spatula until mixture foams up, taking care not to over mix. Transfer immediately into prepared cake tin. Using spatula, remove any mixture from the mixing bowl rim to be able to close the lid correctly for pre-cleaning.
  5. Place 1000 g water and vinegar into mixing bowl and start Pre-clean.
  6. Allow to cool completely to room temperature and break into pieces. Store in a sealable container at room temperature (see Tip). Use as required.

Hints & Tips

  • This lovely treat looks similar to real honeycomb. Bicarbonate of soda is the secret to achieving an airy texture. Stirring it in at the last minute is the reason for its namesake appearance. Honey is used to flavour the caramel. Honeycomb is great to decorate with and it is also good added to other desserts. Break the honeycomb into pieces or crush it and sprinkle over ice cream, for example.
  • Honeycomb cannot be left out in the open for an extended length of time, as it will draw moisture from the air and become sticky. Store in snap lock bags or wrap in plastic wrap and place into a sealable container for up to a week. However it is best eaten soon after it is made. Dipping honeycomb pieces into melted chocolate helps extend shelf-life by a few days.
  • Extending the baking paper up the sides of the cake tin encourages the honeycomb to rise.

Nutrition per 1 portion

  • Calories 445.3 kJ / 106.3 kcal
  • Protein 0 g
  • Carbohydrates2 6.2 g
  • Fat 0 g
  • Saturated Fat 0 g
  • Fibre 0 g
  • Sodium 830.4 mg

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Christmas Gifting – Amaretti

Christmas is around the corner and homemade Christmas gifts are a great cost-saving and a way to show you care. Here’s a recipe for Amaretti made in the Thermomix and the cost saving you can have compared to buying it.

Amaretti di Saronno refer to a type of amaretto, a bitter-sweet flavored macaron, that is traditional to Saronno, a comune of Lombardy, Italy. It is one of many types of traditional amaretti, but the only one made with apricot kernels.


  • oil, for greasing
  • 2 egg whites, from large eggs
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 pinch fine sea salt
  • 180 g ground almonds (see tip)
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 100 g dried mixed fruit (e.g. apricots, cherries, prunes), quartered
  • 100 g mixed whole nuts (e.g. pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts)
  • icing sugar, for dipping


  1. Preheat oven to 190°C and lightly grease a baking tray.
  2. Insert butterfly whisk. Place egg whites, honey and salt in mixing bowl then, without measuring cup, whisk 2 min/speed 3.5. Remove butterfly whisk.
  3. Add ground almonds, sugar, dried fruit and nuts then stir 20 sec/reverse/speed 2.
  4. Using wet hands, shape tablespoons of mixture into small, rough balls and dip half of each ball in icing sugar. Place on prepared tray, icing sugar side up, and bake for 10-12 minutes (190°C) until just golden.
  5. Leave on tray to cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve or package up to give as gifts.

Hints & Tips

  • The literal translation of these Italian biscuits is ‘the little bitter ones’ as they were traditionally flavoured with bitter almonds. Plain almonds work just as well, and you can grind your own with Thermomix®. Prepare a batch and give as gifts, or serve alongside coffee or dessert wine to add some Italian flair to your Christmas meal.
  • To grind your own almonds, place 180 g blanched almonds in mixing bowl before starting the recipe and grind 10 sec/speed 10. Transfer to a bowl then clean and dry mixing bowl thoroughly before beginning the recipe.
  • In step 3, add 50 g dark or white chocolate chips

Nutrition per 1 piece

  • Calories 442.3 kJ / 105.7 kcal
  • Protein 2.8 g
  • Carbohydrates 11.8 g
  • Fat 6 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.6 g
  • Fibre 1.6 g
  • Sodium 22 mg

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Christmas Gift Ideas: Thermomix Friend

Thinking of buying a Christmas gift for someone who has everything, including a Thermomix, then let me introduce you to the Thermomix Friend.

When paired with your Thermomix TM6 or Thermomix TM5, the Thermomix Friend helps you simultaneously prepare multiple courses or even split a recipe into two to cater to varying tastes or dietary requirements. Think of curry in your Thermomix and rice in your Thermomix Friend, or splitting a sauce recipe to make Puttanesca Sauce in one and Tomato sauce in the other.

The Thermomix Friend is connected via Bluetooth to your Thermomix and the on-screen instructions tell you exactly when to transfer bowls of ingredients from one device to the other. The result is everything is prepared on time and cooked to perfection.

It isn’t a Thermomix replacement.  The Thermomix Friend can be used alongside the Thermomix TM5 and Thermomix TM6 using blue-tooth and guided cooking, but it does not replace a Thermomix. But if you have a Thermomix TM5 or Thermomix TM6 and need more capacity, then I think it’s great.

Many clients ask me what accessories they can buy once they are in love with their Thermomixes, and this one is a nice-add on. It’s a nice-to-have, rather than a must-have. However, at the price points, especially if you have a second bowl, the Thermomix Solo is an ideal gift under the tree.

The beauty of our new Hitachi finance, that you can also finance this Thermomix Friend Solo purchase on finance and spread the payments over 12, 24, and 36 months. Give me a call at 07977 563537 or send me an email and I’ll help you

If it’s one payment, then you can purchase using this link below. Please do add my name as the Advisor name in the box >>> you basically start typing ANK and it should come up. This will link you to me as a customer so I can up and then I can follow up with you. As soon as your order is complete, I get a copy invoice so I know it’s gone through and then will send a follow-up email on how to set it up, etc.

Contact me on email:, or text or WhatsApp me on 07977 563537 if you would like more information or place your order.