David Rash’s Chocolate Honeybees entry in the Sue Bee® honey Sweet Eats Recipe Contest!
For the cookie crumble
- 6 ounces chocolate wafer cookies
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 ounces mini chocolate chips
For the honey pudding
- 1/2 cup Sue Bee® Clover Honey
- 3 egg yolks
- 5 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 cups whole milk, divided
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- Sugar honeybees, for garnish (optional)
- For pudding, pour 1 3/4 cups of the milk in a large pot and heat over medium heat.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the cornstarch, heavy cream, remaining 1/4 cup of milk and salt together into a smooth, thin paste.
- Once the milk comes to a slight boil, pour in the cornstarch slurry and stir about with a rubber spatula, scraping the bottom and sides of pan. Once it starts to thicken, which should only be another 30-60 seconds, turn heat to low and warm mix for another minute or two, until very thick, stirring all the while.
- Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a heatproof dish (preferably one with a spout, such as a liquid measuring cup), catching any lumps of cornstarch that may have developed.
- Stir in the Sue Bee® honey, softened butter and vanilla extract. Cover the pudding with plastic wrap directly on its surface and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
- Once chilled completely, assemble the bees.
- Crumble the wafers (either by hand directly in a bowl, in a bag with a rolling pin or in the food processor). The should be a mix of small bits of chocolate rubble and fine crumbs.
- Mix in the melted butter and chocolate chips until everything is well-combined and the butter has glossed everything.
- Measure out 2-tablespoon amounts of the cookie crumble into the bottom of six 5-ounce clear glasses. Press the crumbs firmly down.
- Next pour in 2-tablespoon amounts of the pudding into each glass (or half of the total amount of pudding, evenly distributed among the six glasses).
- Add another 2-tablespoon layer of the cookies on top of the pudding, but do not press, and top off with the remaining 2-tablespoon layers of pudding.
- Either serve immediately or cover glasses with plastic wrap and chill so everything can settle together more.
- Top with sugar honeybee decorations, if desired, for added cuteness.