Honeycomb Candy is also known by various names around the world, such as Sponge Candy, Hokey pokey, puff candy, cinder toffee, sponge toffee or candy, molasses puffs, fairy candy, and sea foam. There are also many variations of how the candy is made in each country. These candies are very addictive!
This Honeycomb Candy is basically a hard candy (toffee or taffy) with boiled sugar and corn syrup. After being taken off the heat, some baking soda and vinegar are added to foam it up as it cools which makes the interior look like a sponge.
This type of candy is known as Sponge Candy in Buffalo, NY. It is considered a local specialty in the area, and in Buffalo, it is always made with chocolate on the outside with a yellow, crunchy interior. The candy pieces can vary slightly in shape and size.
History: As to when this delicious candy was invented, food historian do not seem to know for certain. It is generally agreed that taffy/toffee first became popular in the 1800s. According to The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, by John F. Mariani:
“Taffy. A confection made from sugar, butter, and flavorings that has a chewy texture obtained by twisting and pulling the cooked ingredients into elasticity. The British term for such candy is toffee or toffy, possibly from tafia, a cheap West Indian rum made from molasses and used originally to flavor candy. T he Oxford English Dictionary notes that taffy…seems to refer to an older form of the candy. By the 1870s taffy bakes and taffy pulls, at which young people would gather to stretch the candy between them, had become social occasions.”
Honeycomb Toffee – Sponge Candy Recipe:
Hokey pokey candy – puff candy – cinder toffee – molasses puffs – sea foam candy