My daughter, Jazlyn, is anaphylactic to egg, dairy, peanuts, and tree nuts. When she was first diagnosed, I found it very difficult to find recipes and foods that didn't taste like "allergy" food. Over the last 15 years I have had a lot of fun developing and changing recipes so that they are safe for her. I love to share my recipes so that other families can realize how yummy "allergy" foods can taste. You don't have to sacrifice taste or your favorite foods, you just have to rethink how to make them. I made a promise to Jazzy that I would do my very best to find a way for her to eat any food she wants to try. So far I have been able to keep that promise. I hope your family enjoys these recipes as much as we do.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Egg Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free Sea Foam Candy

I am so excited to introduce you to Sea Foam Candy. My mom is from Michigan, so growing up we visited her family every Summer. Every Summer, would buy some of our favorite candy - Sea Foam. Since I haven't been to Michigan in a few years, I haven't been able to have my candy. I decided to try and make some and see what happens. My first batch tasted right but turned out more like a hard toffee, somehow it was missing the sponge part. My second batch was perfect. I took some over to my mom's house, had her close her eyes then take a bite. The look on her face was priceless and told me right away that I got it right. She was so surprised and happy that she can now have her favorite candy anytime she wants to. She has already asked for a batch for Mother's Day and her birthday. What really surpised us is that my batch turned out more consistent than the candy we bought in Michigan. Some of their pieces were too hard or mushy in the center. Every piece of my candy had the perfect texture. I wish I would have known that it was this easy to make. Actually, maybe it's bad that I know how to make it because now I'm craving it constantly. I highly recommend this recipe. The candy tastes somewhat like a crunchy, soft, spongy, butter toffee covered in chocolate. Can you tell I'm excited? I never thought that Jazlyn would be able to experience Sea Foam.
*  My mom requested that I make her a batch of this candy for Mother's Day. I decided to make it a few days early and it was a warm and humid day outside. The candy did not turn out with the correct texture.

Egg Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free Sea Foam Candy

1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
4 tsp baking soda
2 cups safe chocolate chips

Place the sugar and corn syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and whisk until the mixture almost comes to a boil. Boil, without stirring, until the temperature reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove the saucepan from heat then immediately add the baking soda. Whisk quickly and thoroughly then pour into a foil lined 9x13 baking dish. Do not spread the mixture, just let it fall into the pan as evenly as possible. Cool completely then remove the candy from the dish and peel off the foil. Break the candy into pieces. Melt the chocolate chips. Coat the candy pieces in the melted chocolate then place them on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator until the chocolate is set. Transfer the candy to a bowl and store in the fridge.
*  If desired, you can omit the chocolate.
*  Please note that this recipe does not work when it is hot and humid.

Here is a picture of a batch I tried to make when it was humid outside. You can see that it's darker and harder on the inside. It's missing the airy inside that makes it Sea Foam.


  1. I am so excited to try this. I love sea foam candy and haven't had any in years. I used to work in a candy store in HS and college, but can no longer even go there to visit because they roast their own nuts and make their own chocolates. Thank you for posting this!

  2. It's great to find someone else who knows how yummy Sea Foam. This is one of those candies that everyone should try. However, I never thought Jazlyn would be able to experience it. Let me know what you think once you make it.