Donna’s Sea Foam Candy is a chewy, sweet candy made in the wintertime.
Donna’s Sea Foam Candy is what I miss the most about my mom.
My favorite candy aa a child was my mom’s Sea Foam Candy. Every year when it got cold, sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my mom made Sea Foam Candy. It’s a chewy candy, somewhat between “divinity” and “taffy.” It looks like a Hershey’s Kiss, but it isn’t chocolate.
Unfortunately, I never learned how to make this before my mother died. She made it only once a year, at Christmastime, and each year she made several batches. Mom always said the humidity had to be just right for it to turn out. I have the recipe, and I’m sharing it with you. I live in a humid state (Virginia). Mom lived in Wisconsin, where it is dry and cold in November and December.
I tried making this many times and it only turned out once! The next time I tried to make a double batch (silly me!) and burned out the motor of my stand mixer. Grrrr! I’ve given up on trying to make this unless someone can tell me how to solve the problems. This candy never sets up for me. My mother-in-law suggested putting the bowl of candy in a bowl of ice while beating it. I have not tried that. Can you help? What’s the trick?
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Donna’s Sea Foam Candy RecipePrint
Donna’s Sea Foam Candy
A cross between taffy and divinity candy.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 36 1x
- Category: candy, Dessert
- Cuisine: American
- 2 cups white sugar
- ¾ cup white Karo Syrup
- ¾ cup water
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla or other flavoring
- A few drops of food coloring, if desired ((red or green))
- 2 egg whites
- Mix the first five ingredients well, boil until brittle when tested in cold water (about 20 minutes).
- Using a candy thermometer, this would be about 300 to 310F degrees.
- Be careful! This burns easily.
- Beat 2 egg whites until stiff.
- Pour the boiling syrup over the stiff egg whites, beating fast.
- Continue beating until candy starts to set (must be pretty stiff).
- Add vanilla or flavoring and coloring and beat until thoroughly mixed.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto oiled pan.
- The candy should be soft and chewy but hold its shape like a Hershey’s Kiss.
Note 1: I have found two “Old Fashioned Sea Foam” recipes that say to add vinegar. One says 2 teaspoons and the other says 1 tablespoon. I have not tried it.
Note 2: Mom may also have added the vanilla at the end while whipping the candy. Some recipes say to do it this way.
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Recipe Nutrition Information
This recipe is GF, DF, NF, SF, V*
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This post was first published on Recipe Idea Shop November 11, 2010 and updated May 14, 2021.