Bit-O-Honey is quite a bit simpler than many other candy bars, with a relatively short ingredients list and just one main texture: the dense chew of taffy.
Given its name, it’s perhaps unsurprising that taffy is related to toffee. As professional candy maker and candy blogger Mr Dach explains, the two words were once interchangeable, until, in the 19th century, candy makers began “pulling” the dense, chewy treat to make it “lighter and softer.” Not unlike a sewing circle, the pulling of taffy later became “social events” where people would get together in groups to make candy and gossip. That said, it probably wasn’t easy to gossip and chew on pieces of taffy at the same time: As anyone who has eaten it will tell you, the candy is known for its cling-to-your-molars texture.
The taffy at the heart of Bit-O-Honey is made with a combination of corn syrup, sugar, milk, coconut oil, egg whites, and honey or honey flavoring. Shards of almond provide a bit of crunch and nuttiness, and the resulting mixture is sold either in bars pre-divided into six portions or, more commonly these days, in small, individually wrapped morsels.