Candy corns are tasty and traditional part of any Halloween basket. They're one of those candies that you can buy from the open air bulk bins, but probably don't because there's no telling how long they've been in there and who's been fondling them.
Good news.You can make these from scratch in about an hour. It's simple and safe enough that the kids can even help!
Homemade Candy Corns
(makes 100 pcs)
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup powdered milk
1 pinch of salt
1 cup sugar (regular granulated)
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp vanilla extract (the good stuff, not the imitation.)
orange and yellow food coloring
- Combine powdered sugar, salt and powdered milk in a bowl. Set aside.
- Heat water, regular sugar, and corn syrup in a sauce pan over medium heat.
- Add the butter and heat until it reaches 230 degrees. You'll need a candy thermometer. No guessing.
- Pour the butter/water/sugar/syrup into the dry mixture you set aside. Stir thoroughly until smooth.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment, pour liquid onto parchment about 1 cm thick.
- Let the pans cool for 10 minutes so you don't burn your hands.
- Split candy on each sheet pan into 3 pieces lengthwise.
- Remove the parchment from the back and roll two of the candy strips into long thin tubes.
- Add 2-3 drops of orange food coloring onto two of the strips.
- Add 2-3 drops of yellow food coloring onto the remaining two strips.
- Knead the orange and yellow sections (make sure not to combine them) until they are uniformly colored.
- Roll each these into long thin tube shapes
- Wash hands thoroughly
- Press one white, one yellow and one orange together so it makes a uniform strip
- Press slightly to flatten into what should be about a 1 inch ribbon of candy
- Use a knife or bench scraper to cut on the diagonal.
*portions of instructions that are in italics are the kid-friendly processes
These will be slightly flatter than a normal candy corn, but infinitely more delicious. It's a 1 hour project that will leave your kids giddy and you knowing exactly what they're putting into their little tummies.