If you’re not from Buffalo, New York or the surrounding area, you may be unfamiliar with this delicious, chocolate-covered candy. Sponge candy is a light and crunchy toffee candy that looks like a sponge. It’s typically covered in chocolate and is a popular treat in New York state.

The sponge candy recipe is not necessarily complicated, but it does require a bit of precision and timing. We decided to make our own spin on this New York classic.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¼ teaspoon gelatin, unflavored
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 bag chocolate chips
  • 1 box Joy Sugar Cones
  • 1 carton vanilla ice cream
  • 1 candy thermometer
  • Parchment paper



  1. Before you begin, line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1 tablespoon cold water and let sit.
  3. In a tall saucepan, mix together sugar, corn syrup, and ½ cup water. Place over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Let mixture come to a boil. Then, clip on the candy thermometer and let boil without stirring until mixture reaches 310 degrees F.
  4. Remove from heat for two minutes undisturbed. Then, whisk in gelatin. Pour baking soda into mixture and whisk together. Place mixture back on heat for 30 seconds while whisking.
  5. Immediately pour the mixture into the lined baking pan. Do not spread or adjust mixture. Let sit for at least two hours.
  6. After two hours, use a knife or cooking mallet to break the block into small pieces.
  7. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Pour chocolate chips into a small bowl and heat in the microwave until melted.
  9. Fill each Joy Sugar Cone with the sponge candy pieces. Then dip the top of each cone into the melted chocolate, using a knife to spread it evenly over the top. Place the dipped cone onto the covered baking sheet and let cool in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  10. Scoop vanilla ice cream onto the cone to serve.


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