Sponge candy is a sweet package that has a rigid, frothy structure following a chemical reaction between vinegar and baking soda which is exploited for its manufacture. This candy has a rich, molasses-like flavor that many people find funny enough, with the peculiar texture, which is extremely difficult at first, but slowly melts in the mouth if consumers are patient. Sponge candy is popular in many regions of the world, and can often be found in specialty candy stores; some companies also manufacture packaged candy sweets that include sponge candy.
Depending on the region of the world where you are in, you may know sponge candy such as modest hockey, puff candy, toffee candy ash, toffee candy, seafoam, honeycomb, honeycomb or caramel. All these candies include the same four ingredients: corn syrup or molasses, brown sugar, baking soda and vinegar. In some regions, additional ingredients may be added, and the finished product is often coated in chocolate for a particularly rich flavor.
To make candy sponge at home, heat a cup of brown sugar, a cup of corn syrup, and a spoonful of white vinegar in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until the mixture reaches the brittle phase, at around 300 degrees Fahrenheit (149 degrees Celsius). Remove the mixture from the heat, stir in a spoonful of baking soda, and then pour it into a very well oiled pan to set. After the sponge candy has hardened, tip it off and break it apart or cut it. Keep the candies wrapped in waxed paper in an airtight container.
If you make homemade candy sponge, be careful, as the heated sugar syrup can cause a bad burn. Make sure not to leave unattended during heating, as it can start to boil, potentially causing serious burns. When handling the saucepan and pouring the syrup out, it is recommended to wear a heavy oven glove, in case some of the sugar syrup slops out.
The experience of eating sponge candy is quite unique. The squeaking candies when bitten, providing a great deal of resistance, and yet has a strange frothy texture. As the candy melts in your mouth, it tends to bubble slightly, releasing the molasses flavor. Some people like to add small pieces of candy sponge to things like ice cream bowls to take advantage of the unique structure of this interesting sweet treat.