- 1 cup hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup good-quality honey
- 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, plus 2 tablespoons melted for brushing
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add pepitas; toast, stirring constantly until seeds pop and become slightly golden, about 3 minutes.
- Transfer to a bowl to cool.
- Place sugar and honey in a small saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, about 3 minutes.
- Add pepitas, and continue cooking until temperature registers 285° on a candy thermometer, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and stir in cold butter.
- Let the mixture cool to 240°, about 4 minutes.
- Meanwhile, brush the inside of fifteen 1-inch-diameter black paper cups with melted butter, reserving 1 tablespoon.
- Spoon a scant tablespoon of the honey mixture into each cup.
- Brush a clean work surface with the remaining butter, and spoon the remaining honey mixture on it so mixture will continue to cool.
- When remaining candy is stiff and cool enough to handle, about 6 minutes, cut into 3/4-inch pieces with a greased knife.
- Wrap in cellophane.