Sponge Candy in Bay Area?
I'm hoping there are some candy/sweets hounds who can help me out. My mom grew up in Buffalo, NY and has shared her childhood love for "sponge candy" with our whole family. Sponge candy is a carmelized sugar center that gets aerated and then covered in chocolate. It has a nice a crunch but melts away when eaten. The food seems to be quite specific to Buffalo, although occasionally available in other places. I'm hoping to find a local source. Otherwise I'm restricted to having it shipped in and making it a special occasion order. I've also seen recipes online, but haven't ever tried to make it. Any tips on where to find it around here would be most welcome!
Assuming it's the same kind of thing as Violet Crumble, Crunchie, etc., it's fairly easy to find downtown too. Try the Scottish goods store on Sutter at Stockton (http://www.yelp.com/biz/scottish-impo...) -- I saw Crunchie bars in the window there recently. There's also a Fiona's Sweetshoppe further down on Stockton at Kearny. You could also try Andronico's; in the East Bay Piedmont Grocery almost certainly has some and maybe even Berkeley Bowl.
As an ex-pat, it's never been something I've craved because it's always been easy to find. And it's also really easy to make:
Grease a small-medium cake pan. Heat 4 tbsp white sugar and 2 tbsp golden syrup (at markets mentioned above) to a boil, slowly stirring all the time. Boil 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, add 1 tsp sifted baking soda and stir quickly until mixture froths and stiffens. Pour at once into a greased cake pan. Cool. Break into pieces when cold. Store in air-tight jars. Exposure to air/moisture makes it soft. Brush *quickly* with melted chocolate. Cool at room temperature.
1200 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
214 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA
Piedmont Grocery Company
4038 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA
Berkeley Bowl West
920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA
Yes, often called chocolate honeycomb. I know I've bought some here, but can't think where.
edited: It was Coco-Luxe on Haight. They have both dark and milk chocolate.
The Candy Store
1507 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94109
449 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102