This Halloween treat recipe is adapted from a recipe that's been based on the original and has been widely published.
1 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup corn syrup 1/3 cup (2-1/2 oz) butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2-1/2 cups powdered icing sugar 1/3 cup powdered milk 1/4 teaspoon salt Red and yellow food coloring
a large saucepan combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, and butter.
Bring to a boil over high heat while stirring constantly, then reduce
heat to medium and continue boiling for 5 minutes while stirring
occasionally. Remove mixture from heat and add vanilla extract.
the icing sugar, powdered milk, and salt in a separate bowl and add to
the mixture in the saucepan, mixing thoroughly. Allow the dough mixture
to sit until it's cool enough to handle.
Divide the dough into 3
equal parts and place each part in a small mixing bowl. Add orange food
coloring to one part (a combination of yellow and red) and yellow food
coloring to another part, leaving the remaining part uncolored or white.
the dough in each bowl until smooth and stiff enough to hold its shape,
and the colors are even. Wearing plastic gloves can help prevent your
hands from being stained by the food coloring.
Still using your
hands, roll each part into a long, thin rope, making each rope of equal
length. You may need to use a long countertop or tabletop covered with
a strip of waxed paper for this. You'll also need to be careful when
rolling as the ropes can easily break if you form them too thin.
you're done, lay the three ropes of dough along side each other with
the orange dough in the middle and carefully press them together to
make a long, narrow rectangle. A gentle, light rolling with a rolling
pin along the length of the rectangle helps to press the rope edges
together, but be careful not to flatten the dough so the rectangle
stays as narrow as possible, plus you'll also want the kernels plump
looking and not flat.
Finally, cut the dough into triangles or
"kernels" using a sharp knife and gently shape the kernels with your
fingers, if needed. Allow the kernels to sit for a while and become
You'll end up with over a pound of homemade candy corn,
some with yellow tips and some with the traditional white tips. There's
no getting around it, kneading the dough and forming the ropes IS
time-consuming, hard work, but the results are worth it.
each piece of Halloween Candy Corn is about the size of a kernel of
dried corn, but yours made with this homemade candy corn recipe will be
about the size of today's giant candy corn.
Holiday Candy Corn Colors
Halloween Candy Corn
is traditionally colored with a white tip, orange center, and yellow
base. However, over the years, different colors were added for
Indian Corn for Fall and
Thanksgiving is colored with a white tip, orange center, and brown
base, with chocolate flavoring added to the brown.
Reindeer Corn for Christmas is colored with a white tip, green center, and red base.
Cupid Corn for Valentines Day is colored with a white tip, pink center, and red base.
Bunny Corn for Easter is colored with a white tip and pastel shades of pink, purple, yellow, or green for the center and base.
You can develop your own color combinations for birthdays and special parties.
candy corn recipe is versatile. The fondant-like dough when colored
orange is great for molding into tiny Halloween pumpkin candies for
decorating cakes, cupcakes, desserts, or for eating on their own. Save
a bit of the dough and color it green for the stems. The tiny pumpkins
would also look great decorating a Thanksgiving cake.