Sponge Candy – Ellicottville, NY

A quick trip to Ellicottville (aka E-Ville…) in Cattaraugus County for a sunny day of skiing at HoliMont Ski Club.  Ski Club?  Who came up with that moniker…There were a ton of expensive condos, plus a parking lot FULL BMWs & Mercedes Benz parked next to the Main Lodge building – this is definitely not a “club” – Those folks are High Income folks who know how to play in the snow! Unfortunately, that is NOT me…But I digress.

One of the biggest benefits of driving home is that you must pass by the storefront of Watson’s Chocolates – one of my personal favorite sources of Buffalo Sponge Candy.  There was only one other person inside (err…that would be the woman behind the counter…) – so not a major distraction as I perused the merchandise.  Plenty of flotsam and jetsam from the pre-Valentine’s Day marketing effort dominated the décor.  Red, pink hearts and chocolates in those big glass cases.  You would have to be blind NOT to see the “cream of the crop”.  Boxes (and boxes) of sponge candy all piled up and ready to go…nowhere…The only analogy I could think of was:  “…What if you gave away free wings and pizza in downtown Buffalo and nobody showed up…”

Storefront in Ellicottvile, NY

I wonder how many of the Canadians who drive down to E-Ville and stay at those ritzy condos and chalets actually wander into Watson’s for a peek around.  Does anyone know any Canadians who are Sponge Candy fan(atics)?  I don’t – which means all the more for you…and me!

The counter girl (sorry – no name tag visible…) was all abuzz about the upcoming Food Channel episode that will feature their business.  Well – not this particular store in E-Ville, but the “chocolate factory” in Tonawanda.  Hey – I wonder if they give tours AND samples of their wares.

To make a short story even shorter – I walked out with a one pound box of Sponge Candy festively wrapped in V-Day paper.  A true survivor that escaped the retail mania that typically occurs around that particular chocolate holiday in Western New York.  Well, this story has a happy ending after all.  I peeled off the little tag with a “D” code – a simple system of keeping the D-ark sponge candy from fraternizing with the M-ilk chocolate.  I just can’t resist those boxes marked with a “D”…

Sponge Candy on the adoption rack waiting for you!

No – I have not informed my wife of this “sweet” retail purchase – I make the analogy of picking up a stray from the SPCA, but keeping it in a cardboard box the basement with a blanket until the time is right to make the announcement.  I can make that one pound box of dark chocolate sponge candy last for 2 weeks – and I will have to keep a tally of the piece count as I lift them out of the box and ‘adopt’ them.  No need for a cardboard box and blanket for me!’

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Sponge Candy Nutrition Profile – How Sweet It Is!

And now for the “not-so-good news…Culinary Factoid #1:  whenever chocolate, sugar and corn syrup show up in a candy recipe, you know that calories can’t be too far behind.  You have to decide if what you LIKE…No, make that what you WANT…No, make that what you LOVE is worth the price.  Hey – I think we all adults here?  Thought so!  Check out the stats & facts in nutrition table below.  Who said “…A little knowledge can be a dangerous (but sweet) thing…”

Sponge Candy is so good that I will often perform my own “quality control” on selected pieces before dinner!  Especially if nobody is looking…I guess at my age – and feel free to guess my age – that I now know WHAT I like and WHEN I want it.   Broccoli be damned!

Despite selective sampling of a few pre-dinner pieces, I can still find room to finish my dinner (which makes my wife happy…) but since there are no more kids in the house now – almost anything goes around here.  I may not walk around the first floor of my house wearing just my birthday suit or “thong-like” underwear unlike my crazy neighbor next door who refuses to close his blinds – I just can’t say no to Sponge Candy!

Sponge Candy on a plate

You can’t eat just ONE piece of Buffalo Sponge Candy

My preference?  Sponge Candy covered in dark chocolate and lots of it.  The orange chocolate may be O.K. for a short refreshing break – but I still prefer the milk chocolate sponge candy which is smooth as silk – I NEVER want to run out of dark chocolate sponge candy.

O.K. – Take a gander below.  The science behind those numbers may be somewhat suspect due to variations in actual sizes and weights – but these numbers are probably pretty close to the real deal.  And what’s up with that “3 pieces” standard?  In Buffalo, NY three pieces is just a warm up for the main event!  That’s it for now – I gotta’ get those New Balance running shoes out of my closet and get into shape for Valentine’s Day and the Easter weekend!

Sponge Candy Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 3 pcs
Servings Per Container: varies

Calories 180
Calories from Fat 80

Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*

Total Fat 9 g (14%)
Saturated Fat 4 g (2%)
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 5 mg (2%)
Sodium 65 mg (3%)
Total Carbohydrate 24 g (8%)
Dietary Fiber 1 g (2%)
Sugars 20 g
Protein 1 g

Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 3%
Iron 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2400mg 2400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Sponge Candy Made In Buffalo, NY

Sponge Candy from Buffalo NY

Sponge Candy from Buffalo NY

I often get frustrated when I surf the Net looking at other web stores trying to pass off as a rather weak version of what most people in around here take for granted! When you mention the words “sponge candy” in this City (that would be Buffalo, NY by the way…) – everyone knows what you mean.  High quality and great taste in every one pound box.

You might be a “Milk Chocolate Girl” or a “Dark Chocolate Dude” – or possibly the other way around – but it looks like a lot of people out in HyperSpace may be ordering “sponge-candy-like-objects”.

Kinda’ makes you wonder what the expectations out in the world really are when other stores pass of versions of “Buffalo Sponge Candy” labeled as “sponge toffee” / “sea foam” / fairy food and the like.  But when it comes to Sponge Candy – you get what you pay for…

Sometimes you just can’t catch a break.  We have competitive prices – we have our own product specifications that call for high quality chocolate (actually we prefer Merckens…) plus our inventory is always fresh since we sell a “ton” of this product!   It really is a struggle to get the message about our high quality to customers living outside of Western New York – it’s a simple equation of  High Quality + Great Taste = Memories of living in Buffalo, NY.  Hey – Life can be short – eat Sponge Candy!