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Sea Foam Candy Recipe

Updated on July 20, 2016
4.8 stars from 4 ratings of Sea Foam

Sea Foam is a traditional, brown sugar candy that can be a little difficult to make. The candy is light and sugary and resembles the white caps of waves when swirled just right. It can be garnished with dipping chocolate but I think it's best plain.

Like most candies, temperature is crucial when it comes to making sea foam. Make sure to use a candy thermometer to get your candy to the perfect temperature and consistency. A perfect beach treat for the summer, sea foam candy is delicious and a little bit of work to create but follow this recipe, don't rush, and I'm sure your sea foam will turn out lovely.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: About 2 dozen


  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/2 Cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 Cups brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs vinegar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Cup chopped pecans, (optional)


  1. In a 3 quart heavy-bottom saucepan, bring water, corn syrup, and salt to a boil.
  2. Stir in vinegar and sugar.
  3. Let the mixture return to a boil. Then cover and cook 3 minutes.
  4. Uncover and cook without stirring until the mixture reaches 250 degrees Fahrenheit on your candy thermometer.
  5. Leave the mixture cooking while preparing egg whites. In a separate large bowl beat egg whites until they're stiff enough to hold their shape.
  6. Check the mixture on the stove with your candy thermometer and let cook until it has reached 260 degrees.
  7. When the mixture is the right temperature pour it over the egg whites in a thin stream and beat slowly.
  8. When the hot mixture and egg whites have been combined add vanilla and nuts.
  9. Beat the mixture until it will hold its shape in patties when dropped onto waxed paper. While dropping the patties of candy onto the paper give the mixture a slight swirl as the last bits drop of your spoon or spatula for that 'wave' look. Let cool on the waxed paper.


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    • Alexandria Joy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexandria Taberski 

      22 months ago from Loveland, CO

      @Sally, I've never heard of frying Sea Foam in a skillet but I'm no expert. If you try frying this recipe, let me know how it goes!

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      22 months ago

      Hi I have been looking for a Sea Foam candy recipe my grandmother made many years ago. This sounds a lot like it but she fried hers in a skillet and it turned green, does this sound familiar? I'm not sure if the name was actually Sea Foam but that is what she called it. Thanks

    • Alexandria Joy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexandria Taberski 

      6 years ago from Loveland, CO

      hope it works for you

    • cactusbythesea profile image


      6 years ago from Seattle

      Sea foam candy is one of my mom's favorite candies. I never thought of making it for her because I just assumed it was too difficult. Thanks for sharing this, I'll have to try it out!

    • Alexandria Joy profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexandria Taberski 

      6 years ago from Loveland, CO

      I hope it works for you!

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      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Sounds delightful! I might try it for my next supper club. Thanks for the article!


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