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Does anyone else love sponge candy? I wonder how many people have even heard of it! In Western New York it is quite prevalent and adored. I've enjoyed it all my life. I see that other regions call it "sponge toffee" and "honeycomb toffee" (Sounds weird to me, lol.) Please state your approximate location in your reply and what name you call sponge candy.

PS- Makes a great Valentine's Day chocolate ;)

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  1. Sea foam (SoCal)

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      So funny to me! Just wondering, yours is covered in chocolate too, right? Sponge candy is always covered in milk, dark, or orange chocolate up here.

      1. re: Meowzerz

        Chocolate or white chocolate.

      2. re: ipsedixit

        I've lived mostly on the west coast (California and Washington) and I've always heard it called sea foam or honeycomb. It's generally covered in chocolate in these parts.

        Sorry, but "sponge candy" doesn't even sound appealing, and I love the stuff!

      3. Molasses sponge here in Philadelphia. But I've only seen milk and dark chocolate.

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        1. re: gaffk

          And here on the NH border it's molasses sponge too but I've never seen it with chocolate, only nekkid! I'm intrigued w/ the chocolate though!

          Used to be a staple holiday candy way back in my way back machine.

          1. re: pinehurst

            Odd, I've never seen it without the chocolate. But I'd be willing to try it.

            Full confession: I have an assortment from the local chocolate store, and after seeing this thread, I had to sneak a dark chocolate molasses sponge.

        2. Honeycomb here in SE Michigan. And I love, love, love the stuff!

          1. In Northern Michigan I grew up seeing/buying it in candy shops labeled "Sea Foam". Odd since there's no sea anywhere nearby.

            It's sold (randomly here in San Francisco) as a candy bar at corner markets and such under the name Violet Crumble.

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            1. re: Frosty Melon

              I gotta try that!

            2. Just north of NYC. I always called in sponge candy. No one around me has heard of it except for people from the area who went to school in Buffalo or Rochester, NY like i did! How I miss it! We used to go to Mike's or Condrell's in Buffalo for our sponge candy fix.

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              1. re: Sra. Swanky

                I'm from Rochester too :-) I'm glad I'm learning the names that other regions use for sponge candy so if there is a sponge candy emergency while traveling, I'll know what to ask for. lol

              2. http://www.thekitchn.com/candy-with-a...

                Absolutely! Then we just chocolate dip em!

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                1. re: HillJ

                  Awesome link! THanks

                2. Known as sponge toffee here in BC, Canada. Sold as a Crunchie bar enrobed in milk chocolate also (domestic version, not the one imported from England). Loved it when I was a kid but find it a bit too sweet now. Also have to be more mindful of potential filling damage now!

                  1. I had it as a child. My Father was from St. Louis and would bring it back from his trips to that area. ISTR he called it honeycomb.

                    It didn't thrill me as a kid. I'd be interested in revisiting it as an adult!