Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Old Time Candy-Sea Foam!

Sea foam! Whenever I ask someone if they've ever had it, I get a pretty perplexed stare back. No, I don't mean something from the ocean, I mean candy. Sea foam is a pretty old timey candy, one you might find in candy shops on boardwalks and beach towns. Personally I think it has a horrible name. While I understand why it's called Sea foam (it's airy, light and has the texture of sea foam from the ocean) it certainly doesn't TASTE like it's from the ocean. And its color does not resemble that of anything blue or green. Maybe it should be called sponge candy. Although I wouldn't want to eat that either. Looks like sea foam was probably the best bet.
Sea foam is incredibly easy to make and somewhat impressive looking in texture. Normally I would not condone eating something made solely made of sugar and corn syrup, sometimes you have to live a little?!

1 cup organic cane sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
4 tsp baking soda
melted chocolate for dipping

Prepare a loaf pan, or any kind of pan with tall sides with parchment paper.
In a very tall pot, combine sugar and corn syrup and cook without stirring until 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. If you go above that then it will taste horrible, I have found this out from experience! Once it has reached 300 degrees remove it from the heat and stir in the baking soda with a wooden spoon. The mixture will immediately rise very fast. Pour it into your prepared pan and let cool and harden completely. Break into pieces and dip in chocolate, let cool on parchment paper.

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