I have no idea what inspired me to try to make homemade candy corn but I thought it would be a fun family activity. I looked around the internet for recipes and tweaked a few to get the one you will find below.
Honestly, making candy corn is not difficult but it does take a little work.
- Do not cook your sugar mixture too long. Overcooking will result in a very tough mixture and it will be difficult to roll. (Don’t ask me how I know but suffice to say that my hands are killing me.)
- Once you divide the candy corn into three parts, wrap it in plastic wrap to prevent the candy from drying out while you work with each color and wrap again after the color is mixed.
- To me, this tasted a little more like vanilla sugar than candy corn. I think it was missing honey, but the children and hubby said it tasted “just like” candy corn.
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2/3 cup corn syrup
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup powdered milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Red and yellow food coloring
- Over medium heat, melt together white sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a saucepan. Stir constantly until completely dissolved. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
- Stir in vanilla and remove from heat. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes without stirring.
- In a large bowl whisk together powdered sugar, powdered milk, and salt.
- Add melted sugar mixture to the large bowl and stir well, using a folding motion. Remove and fold with your hands if needed.
- Divide dough into equal sections, one for each color. In two sections, add food coloring to make the yellow and orange portions. Work with your hands until the colors are evenly distributed.
- With a small portion of each color, roll each color into long ropes. When you have a rope of each color, press them together to form a long rectangular shape.
- Using a knife, cut alternating a diagonal slice right and left to form triangles.
- Cool completely and air dry. Then, place in an air-tight container.