3.19.2012

Chocolate-Covered Sea Foam (Secret Recipe Club)

Chris writes:

If there is one sort of candy that Amy loves, it's molasses chips; her #2 would be "sea foam," also known as "sponge candy." Growing up, the only place that I remember having it was during the occasional family trip to Mystic Seaport when I was a child. I remember buying it in the general store for a penny (those were the days) and enjoying it until my sister told me it was made out of bad eggs which had turned foamy. Don't get me wrong, I still ate and enjoyed it -- I was a 10 year old boy after all! The next time had it was almost twenty years later when my then-girlfriend-soon-to-be-wife Amy told me the real ingredients when we saw it at Munsons, a local chocolatier. When I saw the recipe on our March Secret Recipe Club assigned blog, Melissa's Cuisine, AND saw how simple the recipe was, it was a no brainer to give it a try.


Chocolate-Covered Sea Foam


Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
4 tsp baking soda
6 oz chocolate chips


Mix the sugar and the corn syrup in a saucepan over med/high heat until the temp reaches 305 degrees. Add the baking soda. (This will cause the mixture to rapidly foam to almost three times its original volume so be careful not to burn yourself!) Immediately pour it into a pre-greased baking pan and allow to cool. Score lines into the bottom of the candy to help you break it evenly. Heat chocolate in a double boiler and dip pieces. Placed dipped pieces onto wax paper for cooling.

It's that easy.

A big "Thank You" to Melissa for this recipe and the memories it brought back. I am looking forward to everyone's comments (Did you ever lie to your siblings?) as well as hoping my sister will read this and see how much she affected my culinary tastes. Probably not as much as when my mother told me that tapioca was really frog eggs; but that is a different story.

32 comments:

Maggie said...

I've never had sea foam candy! Can you believe it? It looks divine though, and slathered in chocolate you can bet I'd be eating the heck out of that! Great recipe!

Gloria said...

what nice and delicious look this!!!loved it!

Melissa said...

So glad you enjoyed this recipe--it's one of my favorites :)

Our Eating Habits said...

Yum, these look so yummy, like a homemade Crunchie Bar, one of my favorites!

Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking said...

I've been wanting to make this for quite some time now. Thanks for the motivation, Chris! Funny, I remember having it on trips to Mystic as well and haven't had it since then. Thanks for the memories, too!

Erin said...

How fun would this be! I love sea foam. It reminds me of the beach. I'm so going to make this! Thanks!

yummychunklet said...

How fun! This "sea foam" looks pretty tasty!

Rhonda said...

I've never heard of sea foam candy, I'm intrigued especially since it is so easy!

Eliotseats said...

What a great post. These look delicious and I love that little yellow bird plate!

Lacy @ NYCityEats said...

Oh this is awesome! I just saw a post the other day that used sponge candy in cupcakes they looked incredible and I was all like what's sponge candy??? And now! I can make it on my own!! So excited, awesome recipe!

Jamie @ Cookin' with Moxie said...

These little nuggets look so interested and delicious! What a fun experiment!

Jo said...

Love sea foam candy! And chocolate dipped can only make it better!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I've made this kind of candy earlier, but never thought of dipping it in chocolate. Great idea.

heidi said...

Ha - love the story about your sister (although it wasn't very nice of her). The sea Foam looks great - I recently made something similar and it is indeed very simple, as long as you watch it when it "grows".
I will definitely put chocolate on mine the next time!

Toni said...

I've never heard of this before, but now I can't wait to try it. I pinned it so I won't forget!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Wow, that is easy. Sounds delicious too. I should get the kids to make these!

Kim - Liv Life said...

Chocolate covered Sea Foam... your title absolutely caught my eye. I've never heard of Sea Foam, but my interest is definitely piqued. I love those molases chips too! This recipe does indeed look simple and I have a feeling that I'm going to love it!!

Chelsy Ethridge said...

I have never heard of this, but it looks delicious! Must try asap!

Mindy said...

I got Melissa last month and was totally going to make this until I was distracted by her flatbread. :-) Now I *really* need to make this!

Carrie said...

This is my favorite candy. I need to make it.

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

I am with you on the molasses chips. My mom would buy us boxes of dark chocolate molasses chips from See's Candy when were growing up and I still love it to this day. My next favorite is the honeycomb like you just made. I am making this recipe SOON. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you! (pinning now)

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

This looks wonderful!I love when food brings back great memories!

Gerry @Foodness Gracious said...

I have memories of this but I called it honeycomb. I like sea foam better and it looks awesome :)
Take care.

Jaime said...

Hi! I couldn't comment via Foodbuzz but anyway, just wanted to say these look so delicious! Reminds me of a Cadbury Crunchie. Love it.

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Oh my goodness! This is my favorite candy EVER! I grew up in the Midwest where this was quite common - we called it fairy food! When my husband and I were dating we would buy a big bag of this at the department store candy counter and wander around happily nibbling - the candy was the only thing we could afford but we didn't care a bit! Thanks for this recipe and fun memories!

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Oh my goodness! This is my favorite candy EVER! I grew up in the Midwest where this was quite common - we called it fairy food! When my husband and I were dating we would buy a big bag of this at the department store candy counter and wander around happily nibbling - the candy was the only thing we could afford but we didn't care a bit! Thanks for this recipe and fun memories!

Danielle said...

These look like mini butterfinger bars, which means my husband would love them!

Anne@FromMySweetHeart said...

I loved eating sponge candy growing up in New England, especially when we went to the shore! And I love the chocolate coating! You guys did an amazing job with this candy! : )

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Lisa~~ said...

Your sea foam looks perfect and delicious and I'm loving my memories of Mystic Seaport and Munsons.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

Lisa~~
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The Duo Dishes said...

Yes, this is just like those Crunchie Bars that you can get in some old school candy shops. Always thought it was like a honeycomb candy. How fun that you can make it so easily at home. Good project!

fatpiginthemarket said...

I think I've had this but it wasn't called Sea Foam which, by the way, is a rocking name. It looks crunchy. I'm fiendish for crunch filled chocolates.