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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Seafoam Candy


Who here has had seafoam candy before?  If you haven't, you're missing out, I say, but it's not easy to find.  It reminds me of my mom, because she's always loved it and always got super excited if we found it somewhere (usually in a little candy shop while on vacation) We actually had some at the fair this last weekend and then decided to try out making it. 

I made it twice (the first one didn't work out) so I ended up combining a few different recipes we found online.

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
2 tsp baking soda--sifted
1 bag milk chocolate chips

Prep: 
Sift the baking soda
Line 9x13 pan with foil

Mix sugars and syrup in a heavy bottomed pan and stir while heating, all the way up to 288 F  (most recipes said 300, but my first batch tasted burned even cooking to only 294 F)


As soon as it reaches 288, remove pan from heat and quickly sprinkle baking soda over the mixture and stir rapidly to thoroughly mix.  It will turn bubbly and light colored. Once the baking soda is all incorporated, spread it in the pan fairly evenly, but don't "mess" with it too much because you don't want to be popping all the tiny bubbles.  


Let cool and harden then break into pieces.  Dip pieces in melted chocolate (I used Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips) and let the chocolate set (I kept mine in the fridge since it's been so hot here the last couple of days)  Also, don't be scared if the candy tastes a little funny before it's dipped in the chocolate.  The baking soda gives it a bit of a salty taste, but it meshes perfectly when the chocolate's on there! It's similar to Cadbury Crunchie Bars



What do you think--will you give it a try?
Want a sweet recipe that doesn't require cooking? Try this Caramel Twix Dip




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38 comments:

  1. I've honestly NEVER heard of it before but it sounds amazing! Totally pinning for later:)

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  2. Never heard of it but it sounds like a special treat! Awesome that you were able to make them!

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  3. growing up we had sponge candy - looks very much like this

    delicious!

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  4. This looks so yummy! So glad I found you at the Whatever Goes Wed. linky party! Can't wait to try this recipe. :)

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  5. CRAZY! I worked at a candy kiosk in a mall in SLC the summer between my 1 and 2 year of collage and I LOVED seafoam candy. I have not had it since and I have never never seen a recipe. I'm way to excited to try it! Pinning for later... THANK YOU!

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  6. I am so going to make this. My husband's family used to order something like this from Seroogy's in Wisconsin. Now, I find it occasionally at Sprouts Marketplace, but I would love to be able to make it myself. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a blessed week! ~Nici

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    1. Nici -- I just had my first visit to Seroogy's in Wisconsin & was that fun. I can't wait to try the recipe but I also can't wait to visit Seroogy's on my next visit! Beth

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  7. We can buy it by the bar at the local corner store. It's called Crunchie (Cadbury's) or Violet Crumble (Nestle) here in Australia and it is fabulous. They have a slightly different consistency but both have a slightly salty flavour.

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  8. What's your altitude? Candy temperature goes down as you move up from sea level. If I know your altitude, I can adjust for mine.

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  9. LOVE sea foam candy. Thanks for the recipe, cant wait to try it! Thanks so much for linking up to our Pretty Things Party! I hope you'll be back next week!

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  10. I just can't tell you how excited I was to see this! Have any left? ;)

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    1. Nope...but we can make some more in a few days :)

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  11. thanks for the recipe, i will try it! it's my 84 yr old grandma's favorite candy-i can find it at one store but it's about $12.00/pound. definitely going to try this! :)

    -gmr

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  12. Wow! This looks so GREAT! Featuring you today! XO, Aimee

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  13. How fun; what a great new recipe! Saving this one! :) We would love to invite you to join us on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! I know my readers would love your awesome ideas! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-23/

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  14. Oh my goodness! You are my new favorite person! I just bought some at our local candy store the other day. I love it, but I didn't love that it was $4 for 2 medium sized pieces. So HOORAY for the best candy with an even better price tag! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Oh my heck, oh my heck, oh my heck. Shut the front door! Can I just tell you how many pounds my husband and I put on because of this delicious treat? WAY too much. We are addicted to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate kind. SO good! I can't wait to make it! We may still gain weight, but at least we're saving money. ;) Thanks for the recipe! New follower :) Yay for being blog friends!!

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  16. I love this candy and can only find it at World Market these days for $4 a bar! I bet I can make an entire batch of this for $4.
    Thanks so much for sharing. Found you on the Kurtz Corner.

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  17. YUMMY! We call it Angel Food and we make it every Christmas.

    Stopping by from Live Laugh Rowe. :)

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  18. I've heard of and tried this and I LOVE IT! glad to see a recipe finally!

    www.mommamadeit.blogspot.ca

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  19. I have never heard of this but it looks really cool, Thanks for sharing at I Freakin did it Friday

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  20. I've never heard of this before! Looks awesome and I would love to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  21. Thank you so much. I'll let you know

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  22. Oh wow that looks amazing! Definitely going to pin this so I can make it!

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  23. yeah! we had sponge candy when i was a kid in western ny, but it's no where around nc where i live now. i was wondering if we could make it ourselves! i can't believe i saw this on pinterest, but am glad i did!!

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  24. I can't believe I've never heard of sea foam candy! It looks really cool! Might have to try this at some point :) Neat recipe, thanks for posting Steph!

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  25. I use to get this as a kid, but they called it Honeycomb Candy.

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  26. Now, I find it occasionally at Sprouts Marketplace, but I would love to be able to make it myself. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a blessed week! ~Nici harga hp

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  27. thrilled to find you and this delish recipe. I will be sharing at Katherines Corner tomorrow Hugs!

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  28. whats the shelf life on this? I want to make it for a xmas gift, but I'm wondering how far in advance I could make it..

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    1. keep it in the fridge in sealed container lined with wax paper. do not let it get moisture at all it will dissolve. I have kept my candy for weeks . and just as fresh as the day I made it.

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  29. grew up eating sponge candy only made in cooler months in buffalo ny. I moved to texas and made it several times. It can get messy when cutting it...I dipped it in bakers milk chocolate. I did a side by side the real sponge with mine, and NO one could tell the diff blindfolded. I make it at xmas and its part of my candy gifts. everyone always wants more ! btw, I never used brown sugar in it. I dont believe that is the original recipe. it would give it a diff flavor, will have to try it next time.

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    1. my moniker angelnuggets..was made for the sponge candy I was making . they are nuggets and taste heavenly like angels made them.

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  30. You had me at Cadbury Crunchie Bars....definitely need to try making this...

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  31. This mix is awesome. Try it over popcorn - pop about 6 cups of plain popcorn, then use your fingers to sift out the "old maids" and hulls. When you reach temperature, splash in a little Vanilla extract, then sprinkle with your baking soda. After you stir it all in, quickly poor over the popcorn, and spread the corn out on the lined sheet pan. I bag it with little candy treats mixed in at the holidays. I've also been known to gild the lily and drizzle dark and/or white chocolate over it.

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