How to Make Candy Corn


    Halloween is coming and candy corn has become a staple in the memories of any trick-or-treater. The colorful, triangle shaped candy is certain to show up in candy bags all over. The tradition of candy corn has made it the most popular candy treat in the United States especially during Halloween.

    Although candy corn colors are widely known to be yellow at the bottom, orange in the middle, and white on the top, manufacturers have morphed the candy into designed corn shaped pieces for different holidays. Red and greens are added for Christmas, pink and red for Valentine’s Day, and light pastel colors are used for Easter Holiday.

    Throughout the years, the unique recipe has remained the same. Although candy corn is normally made from corn syrup and sugar, the added ingredient of carnauba wax is usually added. The softness of candy corn is mainly from the tiny bit of marshmallow that is later included.

    Today, manufacturing companies use large machines to process the grand amount of candy corn consumers purchase every year. The molded candy ingredients are poured into large sheets of cutout corn shapes where the candy is left to harden. The millions of candy corn are then dumped into buckets where they are later separated and packaged to be delivered to your local grocery store’s shelves.

    Unfortunately for us, we don’t have the large mechanics and heavy machinery to create candy corn. What we can do for our Halloween treats is make the candy through a more traditional style. Before beginning, you will need a saucepan, a large and small mixing bowl, stirring utensils, and some wax paper to keep the final product from sticking together.


    • 2-1/2 cups of powdered sugar
    • 1/3 cup nonfat powdered milk
    • 1 cup regular sugar
    • 2/3 cup corn syrup
    • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
    • 5 tablespoons of salted butter
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
    • Yellow and red food coloring

    In the saucepan, bring the sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and let it continue to boil for 5 minutes then remove from the heat.

    In a large bowl, mix the powdered sugar, powdered milk, vanilla and salt. Pour the contents into the saucepan and allow it to sit until it turns warm.

    Divide the dough into 3 parts (these are the layers for your candy) and put each part in a small bowl. Add the appropriate food colors to each small bowl. If you need, grab some plastic gloves since the food coloring may stain your fingers and knead the dough until color is fully absorbed.

    Roll each dough part into long, thin rope-like strings. Connect these three pieces together so that they make one, long multipart rope.

    Cut the dough rope into triangles creating a three-layer color candy corn. Let the candy sit until hardened. Use the wax paper to separate the different cut outs to keep them from sticking to each other.

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    Article Posted: June 4, 2012



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