MOLASSES SPONGE TOFFEE (GF)

 

February 12, 2017

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Molasses Sponge Toffee is for fun loving people who enjoy getting a reaction out of common kitchen ingredients. The action between sour vinegar and baking soda heave this bubbly lava into billowy foam. When the foam cools, the bubbles and air pockets are trapped. Bite into this crispy candy and feel it melt into a sticky toffee. Also known as seafoam candy, honeycomb, or angel candy, this recipe uses dark and spicy molasses for an old-fashioned feel. Fair warning, Molasses Sponge Toffee produces excessive dribble, so best not to bring this special treat along on a first date.

Many thanks to King Arthur Flour for their great recipe. Click on the link to see the original recipe.

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Ingredients

Makes 72 broken pieces about 1-1.5 inches

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  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoon (1 ounce/28 grams) cider vinegar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups chopped dark chocolate or white chocolate (optional)

Instructions

Mise en Place the Toffee

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  • Lightly spray a 9" x 13" rectangle pan with cooking spray.
  • Line the bottom and long sides of a 9" x 13" baking pan with parchment paper. Allow the parchment to overhang the long side of pan for easier removal. Clip to excess paper to the pan for convenience. Lightly spray the parchment with cooking spray.
  • Gather you candy thermometer and set next to the stove.
  • In a 4 or 6 quart pot, combine sugar, water, salt, butter and vinegar. Set aside.
  • Measure the molasses into a separate bowl and set aside.
  • Measure the baking soda into a small bowl and set aside. Pull out a small strainer and set next to the baking soda.

COOK THE MOLASSES SPONGE TOFFEE

  • Begin to cook the sugar mixture, stirring just until the sugar dissolves.
  • Once the sugar reaches a boil, stop stirring and cook until the temperature reaches 265F (hard ball stage). This will take about 10 minutes. You'll notice the sugar looks milky white. This is the correct color.

Cook the sugar, water, salt, butter and vinegar. Notice the milky white color.
Cook the sugar, water, salt, butter and vinegar. Notice the milky white color.

  • Once the temperature reaches 265??F, add the molasses and give it a quick stir. Cook the sugar without stirring until the temperature reaches 295F (hard crack stage).

Add the molasses then raise the temperature.
Add the molasses then raise the temperature.

  • Immediately remove the pan from the heat and sift in the baking soda. The mixture will bubble madly and increase in volume.

Add the baking soda after the sugar at the correct temperature.
Add the baking soda after the sugar at the correct temperature.

  • With a large whisk, carefully stir the mixture to ensure all the ingredients are combined. Work quickly so that you capture the maximum volume when you pour the candy into the pan.

Whisk and watch the reaction.
Whisk and watch the reaction.

The volume increases quite a bit. Choose a pot that seems too big.
The volume increases quite a bit. Choose a pot that seems too big.

  • Pour immediately into your prepared pan. The room temperature pan will begin to cool the candy almost immediately. Shake it a couple of times to spread the candy evenly and leave it at room temperature to cool.

Pour the reacting hot candy into your prepared pan.
Pour the reacting hot candy into your prepared pan.

Cool the sponge toffee at room temperature
Cool the sponge toffee at room temperature

  • The candy will sink a bit as it cools, but the bubbles and air pockets should not deflate entirely.

The volume has reduced a bit, but the bubbles are still intact.
The volume has reduced a bit, but the bubbles are still intact.

  • Break into as many pieces as you like. To prevent them from sticking together, store at room temperature in an air tight container with parchment paper layered between the pieces.

Pieces of Molasses Sponge Toffee, The Finer Cookie.
Pieces of Molasses Sponge Toffee, The Finer Cookie.

TAGS:  candy   molasses   gluten free   vegan       LABELS: Gluten Free  Kids  Quick and Easy 

Comments

6 Comments

Gabi Rupp   2018-08-17

We don\t have this kind of seafoam candy here in Germany. But this is such a fun recipe I can imagine to do with kids like a chemistry experiment in the kitchen...and then of course indulge very wisely after a huge bowl of salad

Kim 2018-08-17

Hi Gabi, This recipe is so much fun. Like in grade school. The only thing to keep in mind is that the longer it takes the sugar to come to temperature, the more the vinegar cooks off, and the less of a reaction you get. So when you're cooking the sugar, keep the heat high so that the sugar comes to temp faster. Then you'll get the biggest reaction. Have fun! Send photos.

Colleen Milne   2017-02-17

This brings back memories of eating store bought sponge toffee as a child. I loved it, but this looks 100 times better! I love the molasses in there.

Kimberlie 2017-02-17

Hi Coleen. This brings back memories for me too. The molasses changes up the flavour for the better. Thanks for your comment.

Nicoletta @sugarlovespices   2017-02-17

These are so cool! I've never made or eaten anything like that (but I come from Italy, remember ;-) ). I am so intrigued by the whole process. And the flavors are wonderful!

Kimberlie 2017-02-17

Hi Nicoletta, Making this candy is totally cool. The way it bubbles up is magical. Maybe you should try it?

Jessica   2017-02-17

I've never heard of seafoam candy, but I love the science behind it. I have a candy thermometer hiding in my drawer that I haven't used in a while and this recipe would be perfect. Can't wait to try it out!

Kimberlie 2017-02-17

This is a really fun recipe. If you try it, let me know.

Markus Mueller | Earth, Food, and Fire   2017-02-17

YUM! I absolutely love sponge toffee! I just made a plain batch a few weeks ago, i'll have to give this molasses variation a try!

Kimberlie 2017-02-18

Im so happy to hear you make sponge toffee. Do you use honey or brown sugar? Next time, try this recipe with molasses. It has lots of flavour. Thanks for the comment.

Marlene   2017-02-12

Thanks for the dribble warning, lol. What kind of molasses do you use, fancy or blackstrap? Or .... I know there's another kind too. My guess is fancy, but better not to guess!

Kimberlie 2017-02-13

Hi Marlene, I used fancy molasses, but if you prefer blackstrap, it would work just fine. I really enjoyed the molasses flavour in this candy. Mouthwatering. Very. I hope you're well.

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MOLASSES SPONGE TOFFEE (GF)

Makes 72 broken pieces about 1-1.5 inches

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