Homemade Halloween Candy: Candy Corn

Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without some sugar-y delicious treats on hand. Candy corn is a quintessential treat, and making your own isn’t as hard as you might think. It’s much fresher than the kind you buy in the bag, and you get to play with your food! With our instructions and less than an hour, you’ll have adorable candies ready to adorn a seasonal party table.

Like most candy recipes, there is very hot sugar involved in this process. However, once the sugar has been poured and cooled, playing with the shapes is perfect for involving the kiddos in on the fun.

This recipe makes 50 candies – and be sure to have a candy thermometer and a baking silicon mat or some parchment paper on hand.

Feel free to change up the food coloring and shapes you cut to create candy corn for any holiday. These are also wonderful packaged in cellophane bags, or in mason jars, tied with ribbon as a party favor or seasonal gift! 

Homemade Candy Corn
Makes 50 candies 

Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
You’ll need: Candy thermometer and a silicone baking mat or parchment paper

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons powdered milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/3 cup of corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla
Yellow and orange food coloring

Tip: Change up the colors to create candy corn for any holiday, like red, white and blue for the Fourth of July.

Whisk together powdered sugar, powdered milk and salt. Combine granulated sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Add butter, and using a candy thermometer, bring mixture to 230°F. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar mixture and vanilla until melted.

Pour onto a silicone baking mat or parchment paper and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Divide the candy dough into three sections and add 2-3 drops of yellow food coloring to one and orange to another (one will remain white). Knead the dough sections until they’re colored through.

Roll each section into a long strand, then press them all together to create a 1” tri-colored band. Lightly flatten, then cut along a diagonal to create triangular candies. Allow them to dry for a few hours.

Tip: Place candies in a jar, tie a decorative ribbon around the top and gift it to a friend. Or, host a Spooky Celebration and use candy corn as a snack or party favor