There are several theories on how sponge candy became one of Buffalo’s many claims to fame. One thing is for certain – there’s a ton of BuffaLove for the airy, crunchy-yet-creamy, sweet confection that Buffalonians have called their own since the early 1900s. So much love, in fact, that September 21 has been declared National Sponge Candy Day!
What makes up this sweet treat, on the surface, seems pretty simple – caramelized sugar spun into a light, airy honeycomb and covered in melted chocolate. But take a deeper dive into the sponge candy realm and you’ll soon realize that each chocolatier takes an incredible amount of time and care in perfecting their recipes. From the actual sponge-making to secret chocolate recipes, to hand vs. machine-dipped, there are distinct methods to the deliciousness.
It seems like you can find sponge candy in retailers on nearly every Western New York corner, but below is a list of nine that do it really well.
As an ode to the signature crispy, chocolatey treat that Buffalo loves so much, we’re giving away 4 pounds of the good stuff for you and three of your friends (a pound for you and a pound for three of your friends who miss their hometown). Whether you’re in Toledo or Tucson, fill out the following form with your name and the names of three pals who miss hometown sponge candy as much as you do. We’ll then ship a pound of milk chocolate sponge candy to each person from four of Buffalo’s best sponge makers – Watson’s, Fowler’s, Alethea’s, and Antoinette’s.