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Simple Honey Joys Recipe

Simple, quick and delicious – doesn’t this sound like a perfect combination for your next snack adventure? You don’t have to be a gourmet cook to enjoy tasty homemade treats. Get ready to impress your friends with this recipe for honey joys .

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How to Make Honey Joys

When you first here the name of this sweet treat, you may think – a what? What is a Honey Joy? If is has honey in it is must be good – right?

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The term “cornflake cupcake” has been used to describe this snake. Simple, it is a mixture of cornflakes, sugar/honey and butter. It was part of a marketing campaign aimed at Australians as a unique way to use cornflakes.

Regardless of their origin or the words that you use to describe them, they are quick, easy and inexpensive to make.

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Honey: Raw honey is always the best way to go but you can use a pasteurized product if you desire. With a shelf life of virtually forever, you will find many uses for honey in your home.

Sugar: Only a small amount of sugar is needed, most recipes suggestion a extra fine granulated sugar but the regular kind will work too.

Coconut: Shredded coconut adds a unique texture and flavor to this recipe for honey joys. However, if you don’t care for it or want to cut the calories further – you can omit the coconut.

Cornflakes: Kellogg’s Cornflakes are the cereal of choice for making honey joys. However, the store brand will work just fine as long as they are fresh.

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Honey Joys Recipe

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
This simple recipe for honey joys is a delicious snack option for inexpensive snacks or party platters.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 17 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 220 kcal



  • 6 oz Butter
  • 1/4 cup Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Honey
  • 1.5 cups shredded coconut
  • 9 cups Kelloggs Corn Flakes


  • While oven is preheated to 300°F, mix the cornflakes and shredded coconut together in a large bowl.
    Cornflakes and shredded coconut mixed together in large stainless bowl image.
  • Add the butter, honey and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir gently to prevent overheating.
    Melted butter sugar and honey in saucepan image.
  • Heat until the mixture is bubbly and stir often to prevent scorching. We do not want this mixture to burn but it should reach the foamy stage.
    Honey, butter and sugar heated to a bubbly foaming stage image.
  • Pour melted hot mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Be gentle but thorough.
    Pouring hot ingredients over cornflakes for honey joy recipe image.
  • Spoon honey joys mixture into a muffin pan with paper liners.
    Cornflake honey joys recipe spooned into paper muffin liners image.
  • Bake for 10 minutes in the hot oven, then remove.
    Full size honey joys recipe baking in over image.
  • Allow to cool on the counter before eating or storing in air-tight container.
    Cooled honey joys being stored in container image.


Serving: 51gramsCalories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 2gFat: 8gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 272mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10g
Keyword baking with honey, honey
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Mini-Sized Cornflake Cupcakes

This recipe is written with the idea of using full-sized muffin liners. However, I really like the mini muffin size too. Your honey joys are less likely to fall apart in the small size. They are also easier to eat at parties or other occasions for finger foods.

If you don’t have a mini-muffin pan – no worries. You can fill the paper and then arrange on a regular baking sheet. They may not look perfect but they taste so good – no one will care.

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Making Honey Joys Healthier

The basic recipe for honey joys calls for the use of butter. Most people love butter and why not – it tastes great! Still, there are times when you may way to reduce the calorie or fat content of your diet.

One way to make the original recipe healthier is to substitute coconut oil for butter. This taste may be a bit different but you can substitute if you wish.

When using honey in cooking, I always choose raw, unpasteurized honey. Yes, even though it may be heated in the process of making the recipe.

A natural food preservative, honey is also used to make snacks with fruit – such as honey dried apple rings.

Raw honey contains all of the good substances that come straight from the hive. It has not been overheated or micro-filtered.

If you adhere to a vegan lifestyle, you may prefer to avoid the use of honey. If so, you can substitute rice malt syrup instead. However, some vegans do include honey in their diet.

How to Store for Freshness

Assuming they last long enough for storage to be an issue – you have several options. Honey Joys must be in an air-tight container or they will become soggy. They are fine on the kitchen counter for a few days – or in the refrigerator for about a week.

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