If you’ve never had seafoam candy, you are clearly missing out on a lot!
This is quite a vintage sweet treat that gets its unique name from its bubbly and airy appearance. It has a very crunchy texture, making it more of a toffee-like candy.
Seafoam candy is also known by other names that have primarily emerged from different regions and parts of the world. For instance, it is known as hokey pokey in New Zealand, sponge candy in the United States, puff candy in Scotland, and cinder toffee or honeycomb in Britain.
This sweet treat is truly delicious, and one of its most fascinating features is none other than its texture!
It tastes like so many things, such as a perfectly toasted marshmallow or even like crunchy caramelized sugar. The texture, coupled with its bubble-filled airy texture, takes seafoam candy to a whole other level!
The sad news about seafoam candy is that it isn’t easily or readily available in most candy stores, the one place where you would expect to find it in abundance.
However, the good news is you can easily make seafoam candy right at home!
The Easiest Seafoam Candy Recipe to Try At Home
Many people find making candy at home quite intimidating because it’s actually quite a science. From getting the temperature right to ensuring the correct humidity levels, even a small mistake can completely ruin it.
However, if you follow this seafoam candy recipe to a T, you will get the perfect candy with the right taste, texture, and appearance!
To make seafoam candy or sponge candy at home, you will need the following ingredients:
For the Seafoam
- ½ cup water
- ¼ teaspoon gelatin
- 1 teaspoon water
- One and a half cups of sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- ½ cups light corn syrup
For the Chocolate Coating (optional)
- Chocolate chips of your choice
- Coconut oil (optional)
- Line a 9×9 pan with either foil or parchment paper.
- Sift the baking soda to avoid any lumps.
- Take a small glass bowl, and add 1 teaspoon water and gelatin in it together. Then, allow the gelatin to bloom.
- In a heavy-bottomed pan, mix together half a cup of water, corn syrup, and sugar. Heat the pan over medium heat and keep stirring until all the sugar dissolves completely. Let the mixture come to a boil.
- Insert a candy thermometer at this point and heat the mixture till it reads 300°F. However, it’s possible for the mixture to be done way before the temperature hits 300°F. So, make sure to keep a close, careful eye on the mixture to prevent it from burning.
- Avoid stirring the mixture after inserting the thermometer because it will do that on its own.
- Remove the pot from heat as soon as you feel it’s done, and let it sit for a minute or two.
- Add the gelatin you prepared earlier and whisk carefully for the mixture is likely going to bubble up vigorously.
- Then, sprinkle the baking soda over the mixture and whisk or stir rapidly. While doing that, you will notice that the mixture starts to become light-colored and bubbly.
- Once again, put the pot back on the heat and keep whisking for about 30 seconds. At this point, the mixture will almost double in size, so be careful while stirring it.
- Take it off the heat and quickly pour the mixture into the lined pan.
- Let it spread in the pan on its own and avoid messing with it because you don’t want to pop the tiny airy bubbles.
- Keep the pan aside and let the mixture cool down and harden.
- Once it has achieved the desired level of hardness, break the seafoam into pieces.
Prepare the Chocolate Coating For The Seafoam Candy
- In a microwave-safe bowl or over a double boiler, melt your chocolate chips along with some coconut oil, which is completely optional.
- Give it a nice stir to make sure that it has a nice, smooth consistency.
- One by one, dip the seafoam candy pieces in the melted chocolate, scrape off the excess, and place nicely on a parchment-lined pan.
- Put it aside to set and for the chocolate to harden. If it’s too hot in your region, place the pan inside your fridge.
- Once it’s all set, you can enjoy your delicious seafoam candy!
If you happen to have any leftovers, which is quite unlikely given how easy it is to devour them all in one go, store it in an airtight container at room temperature. Avoid exposure with any form of moisture, as it will soften the candy and make it mushy.
Note here that covering the seafoam candy is optional, but doing so helps protect it against humidity. And well, who doesn’t like a bit of chocolate, right?
If you have kids at home, you must try this seafoam candy recipe – they will absolutely love it! It’s delicious, it’s easy to make, and it serves as the perfect sweet treat to satisfy your sweet tooth and cravings!
Looking for more treats to make at home? Check out this article on the most delicious Cake Pops recipe you ought to try!