I found an easy recipe online for making them at home, and thought it was worth a try. Takes just one saucepan and common ingredients. A willingness to roll out long "snakes." A knife to cut recognizable triangles...easy enough.
The end product is tasty. A bit softer and chewier than store-bought (we'll see if they harder a bit over night), but good when eaten in moderation.
HOMEMADE CANDY CORN
1 C. Sugar
2/3 C Corn Syrup
1/3 C Butter
1 tsp Vanilla
2 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
1/3 C Dry Powdered Milk
1/4 tsp Salt
Red & Yellow Food Coloring
- In a large saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, butter. Bring to a boil over high heat while stirring constantly, then reduce to medium and continue to boil for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally.
- Remove mixture from heat and add vanilla.
- Combine the powdered Sugar, powdered Milk, and salt in a separate bowl.
- Add dry ingredients to the saucepan, mixing thoroughly.
- Allow the dough to sit until it's cool enough to handle.
- Divide the dough into 3 equal parts.
- Add Food coloring: one orange, one yellow, one uncolored or white.
- Knead the dough until smooth and colors are even.
- Roll each part into a long, thin rope.
- Lay the three ropes along side each other, with the orange in the middle (oops, I switched the order). Press the colors together gently, to keep the sections together.
- Cut the dough into triangles using sharp knife. Gently shape the "kernels" with your fingers, if needed (can also make a small bit of green dough to create the pumpkins).
- Allow the candy to sit for a while to harden.
- You'll end up with over a pound* of homemade candy corn! Some with yellow tips, and some with the traditional white tips!