A sweet, well-recognized regional oddity for decades, sponge candy evokes great nostalgia among native Western New Yorkers. Made expertly by longtime confectioners Watson’s, Fowler’s, Alethea’s, Parkside and Ko-Ed Candies, these light-as-air chocolates contain a crispy, crunch “sponge” of delicate caramelized sugar.
Sponge candy is especially popular at Valentine’s Day, Easter and Christmas, but locals will tell you it tastes great at any time of year. There’s even sponge candy ice cream now at Fowler’s and sponge candy stout at Resurgence Brewing Co.! The best part? Most stores sell it by the piece, pound or box; whether you’re a first-time buyer or a sponge candy aficionado, the perfect amount of Buffalo’s favorite chocolate treat awaits.