Sea Foam Candy

Here is a perfect example of something old that has become new again. If you’ve ever had Divinity, you’ve had something similar to Sea Foam candy. They’re similar, but Sea Foam is lighter.

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Sea Foam Candy
Recipe type: Candy
Serves: 12
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Here is a perfect example of something old that has become new again. If you've ever had Divinity, you've had something similar to Sea Foam candy. They're similar, but Sea Foam is lighter.
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup water
  1. Dissolve brown sugar and salt in water.
  2. Cook without stirring to hard ball stage.
  3. Beat egg whites until stiff.
  4. Gradually pour sugar mixture over the egg whites, beating constantly.
  5. Add vanilla and continue beating until cool.
  6. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and let set up.


Peggy Chaney was best known as cook and co-owner of Peggy's Restaurant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina (which she and her sister, Loretta, ran for over two decades). You can find her pages on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. One of eleven siblings, she was the daughter of a Baptist preacher, and was well remembered for her kind spirit and regard for others. Her genuine warmth and grace is sorely missed.

13 Responses to Sea Foam Candy

  1. Brad Young December 26, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

    I love this…I think my grandma used cream of tartar in hers….can anyone confirm that this was an option???

    • Kay christian February 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

      when you beat your egg whites add about an 1/8 teaspoon cream of tarter. It will make your egg whites beat stiff and stay stiff. always use cream of tarter when beating egg whites..

  2. Katie December 23, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

    This is the same recipe my grandmother used. I’ve tried to make it twice now, but both times it’s been really sticky, more like soft marshmallows or tasty. Any ideas on how to fix that?

    • Shane December 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

      Need to make sure that the sugar gets to a hard candy state before adding to egg whites.

      • catie June 20, 2017 at 9:24 pm #

        How long does this take?

    • Doris February 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

      My mom used to make this all the time…I wish I had her recipe. One thing I know she did was to beat it till it lost the glossy look and looked dull…you can try that.

    • Mongy February 20, 2017 at 7:48 pm #

      I have never been able make this candy if it is raining or real humid. Just won’t get hard!

  3. Donna L.Zeigler (Thompson) December 17, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

    I think this is the candy my Mother made when I was growing up. I also remember something she made that was pink or green maybe it was divinity. Anyway She put it in flat covered boxes and let it set up in the attic. My job was to check it to see if it was sticky or dried a bit. I miss this candy and I miss my Mother

  4. Jane October 24, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

    Thank you. This is the recipe my mother use to make. I seem to remember that if the humidity was high, it wouldn’t set up right! Does anyone else remember anything about the humidity?

    • Pat December 9, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

      Yes ! I absolutely remember the same thing – it won’t set up if too humid! Same for Divinity!

    • Ronda December 22, 2016 at 11:23 pm #

      Yes, but tonight I made it and it set so fast , I thought I would have re make it!

  5. Jeanie August 9, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! My mom used to make this when we were kids. I loved it so much. I have had a hard time finding the right recipe. This is the one!!!! Thank you!!!!

  6. Belle May 2, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    I was so happy to find your recipe for Sea Foam!! I remember stopping at a bakery in Durham when I was a little girl and buying Sea Foam. I have never seen it anywhere since. I’m in my fifties, and I have looked for recipes several times. None of them could match my memory of this yummy candy. Then I tried your recipe! I was thrilled!! My childhood memory has come back to life!
    Thank you so much!!

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