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Have you tried Sponge Candy yet?

Sponge Candy in a bowl

Sponge candy is a Buffalo tradition, and being that I am a native Buffalonian who works for a chocolate company, I thought it was time I learned one of the area’s staples.

Beloved by many in Western NY, sponge candy is a cooked sugar with a light, brittle texture that results in a “sponge” look. It took me a time or three to get it right, because this recipe is all about procedure, but totally worth it.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/4 tsp gelatin
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c light corn syrup
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 tsp baking soda, sifted
  • Heavy bottomed saucepan
  • 2 small bowls
  • Candy thermometer
  • Whisk
  • Pastry brush
  • Small tall sided pan or small spring form, preferably
Step by Step Instructions
  1. Place gelatin in small bowl and dissolve by adding first amount of water. Stir and set aside.
  2. Place your sugar, corn syrup and second amount of water in a heavy bottomed saucepan and put on low-medium heat. Wash down sugar from the sides with a small amount of extra water and your pastry brush. Keep on heat till your candy thermometer reaches 302°F.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in gelatin, then baking soda. Mix vigorously until well incorporated but don’t over mix.
  4. As it rises pour it into a prepared pan. Let rest till cool, at least 2 hours, or overnight. When cool, wrap to protect from humidity.
    Spong Candy Insides
  5. Remove from pan, trim edges and cut into preferred shape. Dip into tempered chocolate, if desired. Any sponge pieces not coated in chocolate must be wrapped to store.
    Freshly Dipping Sponge Candy

I hope you enjoy!

Close up of sponge candy

2 Comments on Have you tried Sponge Candy yet?

April 9, 2016

8:02 pm

Robyn Douthit says:

OH MY Goodness! So my whole family (but myself and sisters we are from San Diego) is from Buffalo! We go back often to visit. I absolutely adore the food back there! When I was young, I thought my dad was crazy when he would bring home a cooler of John and Mary subs and Dandy Boy chips. I tried sponge candy several years ago. This year for easter my cousin and I traded my truffles for sponge candy! I think I really want to introduce this to my peeps here in Colorado (long story how I landed here and stayed). Thank you for the recipe, I am going to try it soon!!!! Regards! Robyn Douthit The One Butt Bakery Colorado Springs, Colorado


April 9, 2016

8:08 pm

Robyn Douthit says:

I will let you know how it goes in high altitude, I am at 6800 ft! Robyn

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