Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Back to Candy Corn Season!

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.

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
  1. 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.
  2. Remove mixture from heat and add vanilla.
  3. Combine the powdered Sugar, powdered Milk, and salt in a separate bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the saucepan, mixing thoroughly.
  5. Allow the dough to sit until it's cool enough to handle.
  6. Divide the dough into 3 equal parts.
  7. Add Food coloring: one orange, one yellow, one uncolored or white.
  8. Knead the dough until smooth and colors are even.
  9. Roll each part into a long, thin rope.
  10. 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.
  11. 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).
  12. Allow the candy to sit for a while to harden.
  13. You'll end up with over a pound* of homemade candy corn! Some with yellow tips, and some with the traditional white tips!


  1. Wow, I didn't know it was possible to make homemade candy corn! Harriet is gonna love this. Thanks Sarah!

  2. Homemade candy corn? That's amazing!