Candy Corn

Posted by Francesca Alfano On Tuesday, October 25, 2011

You either love them or hate them but candy corn has always been one of my favorite halloween treats. Instead of buying a bag leftover from last years halloween I decided I would attempt to make them myself.  Surprising, they weren't that complicated and actually quite tasty. My friends even told they were better than the real deal ! ( blushing ) I still need to make them a couple of more batches to perfect the recipe and method but if you are looking for a festive activity check out the recipe below. 


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup salted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/3 cup powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • red and yellow food coloring

S T E P  O N E 

In a medium sized bowl, combine the sifted confectioners' sugar and powdered milk. Set to the side.

S T E P  T W O

In a medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup and butter. Bring to a boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Once it reaches the boiling point, reduce heat to medium and continue stirring for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the vanilla extract and remove from heat.

S T E P  T H R E E 

Add the confectioners' sugar and powdered milk mixture to the wet ingredients; stir well until the mixture is thoroughly incorporated and smooth.

S T E P  F O U R 

Let the dough cool until it is firm enough to handle, about 30 minutes to an hour (I got impatient and didn't let the dough cool long enough) 

S T E P  F I V E 

Divide the dough into three equal parts and set each third into a separate bowl. Add 2 to 3 drops of yellow food coloring to one dish, one drop of red and two drops of yellow to another dish, and leave the remaining dish uncolored. Knead the dough to which you have added food coloring until the color is even. 

S T E P  S I X 

Roll each color of dough into a long, slender rope with your hands. Line the three ropes of dough together: white, orange, and yellow so they stick together. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into triangles.  Roll them and shape them so they are round if you desire. 

Photos by me ! 

Recipe adapted from Serious Eats

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