Sea Foam Candy (Brown Sugar Divinity)

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My Aunt Ruth was a nurse who never married or adopted any kids, but really enjoyed being around them. Ruth had a wacky sense of humor (she eventually became a professional clown) and was notoriously late to dinner parties. We kids were always glad when she showed up, late or not, because she was the life of the party, bringing presents, sweets and a ready ear for any corny jokes we could conjure. The first time I tasted melt-in-my-mouth divinity, it came with Ruth.

Makes 3 dozen pieces


  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 egg whites, stiffly beaten
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


  1. On stove top, place sugar and water over low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Heat to boiling and cook without stirring to 255 degrees, hard ball stage. Periodically, wipe any accumulated crystals from sides of pan by wrapping a damp dishtowel around the tines of a fork.
  2. While waiting for the sugar to heat to temperature, whip egg whites to stiff peaks with salt in bowl of electric mixer.
  3. Once sugar reaches 255 degrees, pour syrup in a thin stream over stiff-beaten egg whites and salt, in mixer bowl. Continue beating as syrup is added, and afterward until the mixture thickens and will hold shape. Add vanilla. Mix in nuts.
  4. Drop teaspoonfuls of candy onto waxed paper sheets and let set for several hours until hard.

7 thoughts on “Sea Foam Candy (Brown Sugar Divinity)

  1. my mom used to make this candy from a old recipe book of my grandmothers, grandma used to make it for her. my mom thought she had given grandma cookbook to me( I collect old/new cookbooks) mom is now 74 years young, but her mind does do tricks on her. she forgotten that grandma’s cookbook burnt in a fire years ago. So, at thanksgiving mom asked me for the recipe for sea foam candy, I told her I would make her a copy…after looking through alllll my cookbooks and not finding the recipe. Thank goodness for you! I could remember the ingrediants but not the amounts. Now mom has a copy and I as well. If you’ve not tried this candy, give it a go. This is a great memery from my childhood and my moms.

    • My mom is 84 (will be 85 in Feb 2016) and she still makes this for my birthday and Christmas each year. I am 64, still is my favorite homemade candy.

  2. Our mother made this for our dad all the time! It’s a great memory oof ours. I don’t know ofany one else who has ever made it Th! Thanks for sharing!

  3. My mom made it for us in the 50’s she also made sea foam icing for her cakes. We left West Virginia and I don’t know why she never made it in California. Thank you so much for wonderful receipt

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