Jeanne Benavidez Recipe

Bit O' Honey (Copycat Recipe)

By Jeanne Benavidez jeanneben

8 - 10
Prep Time:

Bit O' Honey has always been one of my favorite candies. It's hard to find anymore so when I found this recipe, I was so excited. It is really good.


1/2 c
1/2 c
extra-chunky peaut butter
2 c
dry powdered milk
1 oz
almond paste

Directions Step-By-Step

Melt the honey, peanut butter and almond paste together in the microwave. Stir with a wooden spoon every 30 seconds until reaching the soft-crack stage of 270ºF. Best if you use a candy thermometer.
Let the mixture cool to 180ºF. Add 1 cup of dry powdered milk and mix well with a wooden spoon. Add the other cup of dry powdered milk and knead until well combined. Roll out on wax paper until candy mixture is approximately 1/2 inch thick.
Cut into strips (@ 3/4 inch wide and 2 inches long). Let sit to slightly harden and then wrap each piece in wax paper to store.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #copycat-recipes

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Stephen Strickland Stricksw
Jul 20, 2014
As I get older I have gotten where I pay more attention to labels and avoid as much extra chemicals as I can, like all the unpronounceable ingredients! I also try to avoid modified sugars like high fructose corn was truly disappointing last time I went to buy some bit o honey and saw it was mostly just that. So, time to make it at home!
I really appreciated your recipe and it came out very delicious, but it seemed with the peanut butter it tasted more like a peanut power bar. That's not bad, it just wasn't what I remembered. I tried another recipe that didn't call for any nut butter and it came out hard and much less pliable. I think your recipe was much closer to the mark. Here's what I changed today that seems to be almost there. Instead of peanut butter I used almond butter, same quantity...1/2 cup. This I think is what makes the difference in pliability. I added about a 1/3 cup of slivered almonds as well. I seemed to remember little bits of almond in it when I was little. Finally, I used a magic bullet to finely powder the powdered milk. Maybe it's the brand I was using, but it was like instant coffee sized chunks that didn't mix up very well. Powdering the powdered milk made folding it in much easier. The rest I did the same. I laid out a large sheet of parchment on my marble and cut on that after rolling out the candy. It is really yummy! Thank you!
Jeanne Benavidez jeanneben
Mar 24, 2013
Patti, I corrected the powdered milk amount. It should have been only 2cups. So sorry for the confusion. Next time I'll test the recipe again before I post it. I haven't made this recipe in a long time.
Patti Thompson pattilt
Mar 24, 2013
Could the problem be that in the 'ingredients' you listed 2 1/2 cups of powdered milk, but in the 'directions' you only instruct to add 2 cups of it? I, too, love this candy. I have only been able to find it at Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) which has a lot of different retro candy, surprisingly.
deb baldwin messinthekitchen
Dec 28, 2011
Okay Jeanne, I thought I was doing something wrong..Let me know how this version turns out, and I will try it again. Thanks for taking the time to fix this.
Jeanne Benavidez jeanneben
Dec 28, 2011
Deb, I hadn't made this recipe in a while so I tried it again....I don't know how I messed up the ingredients like I did.. I went back through my old recipes and found several other versions. I corrected the ingredients but I am going to make it again by this recipe before I will guarantee it. I believe that bringing it to the sot ball stage will make a difference. So sorry for my oversight. I guess I was just going by the quickest, easiest recipe for Christmas.....see what i got for taking short cuts!! My apologies....I will let you know when I make this again to test it.