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Who says candy-making is only for Christmas or Valentine’s Day? Not me!!

I couldn’t let the 4th of July pass without posting yet another patriotic treat. The first time I looked through this month’s Cookbook of the Month and saw that there was a recipe for homemade candy corn, I knew I wanted to make a patriotic version! I am a total candy corn addict. I don’t really know why, though, because I don’t necessarily love the taste of it. I guess it’s just the novelty. But I still always end up eating so much that it makes me sick. But still, I wanted to make my own!!

I will gladly report that this doesn’t taste just like the store bought stuff. But that’s a good thing! It’s still super sweet, and it will still make you sick if you eat too much, but it tastes much better than what you can buy. It has a buttery taste to it. I would love experimenting with this for different holidays, and also by adding different extracts or flavorings. This could be a really fun recipe to have around!!

Homemade Candy Corn | www.tasteandtellblog.com

I was afraid at first that this recipe would be really hard, but it was much easier than I expected. It did take a little bit of time to cut the candy, but that was the only part that took very much time. I do have a couple of notes about the recipe, though:

  • Next time, I would sift the confectioners’ sugar and powdered milk together. I had some lumps in my mixture that mostly worked out when I kneaded in the color, but I wasn’t able to get rid of them all.
  • The recipe says to make the ropes 1/2-inch each, but I went much smaller than that. I figured if you did 1/2-inch ropes, your final candy would be 1 1/2″, and I didn’t want mine that big.
  • Unless you have huge counter tops, I would suggest splitting each color into fourths, and making four separate ropes. That way you won’t run out of room!
  • I found that these were easier to cut into pieces after the ropes had set for about 30 minutes to an hour. The candy corn is a little sticky at first, so by waiting, the pieces didn’t stick together as much.
  • I sprayed my counter with non-stick cooking spray so that the candy wouldn’t stick. It worked perfectly!

Recipe Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Homemade Candy Corn | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Homemade Candy Corn
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Recipe for homemade candy corn
Serves: 80 pieces
  • 2½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup dry powdered milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • food coloring
  1. Combine the confectioners’ sugar, powdered milk and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and butter. Cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until it boils, then turn the heat down to medium and cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Stir in the milk mixture until completely combined. Let it sit for a few minutes until it is cool enough to handle.
  4. Divide the mixture into thirds. Add desired food coloring(s). Knead each portion of dough until the color is distributed and the dough is smooth.
  5. Roll each section of dough into a rope about ½-inch thick. Place the 3 ropes side by side and press lightly together. Roll a rolling pin over the top if needed to get the ropes to stick together.
  6. Use a sharp knife to cut the rope into triangles. Transfer to a baking sheet. Let sit for at least an hour.
  7. from Field Guide to Candy


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27 Responses to Candy Corn {Cookbook of the Month Recipe}

  1. What a fun recipe! Happy 4th of July to you, thanks for sharing!

  2. Valerie M. says:

    Looks like one my kids could help me with!

  3. How cool! I love this 🙂

  4. Nugget says:

    Way cool! Will be making this this afternoon. All my kids will enjoy it, they love making “hands on” food. 🙂

  5. Magen says:

    I’m a candy corn addict too! My friend once told me to mix it with nuts, and I’ve never been the same. 🙂

  6. Robyn says:

    Thisw looks so fun & easy! The kids & I are going to make some today. Thanks, Deborah!

  7. Kelly says:

    WOW!!! These are sooo cute and I never knew how to make your own candy corn! What a fabulous idea and a great thing to do with your kids! Love this, hope you have a happy 4th of July!!

  8. How neat! I would have never thought to make my own candy corn and love to know that I can and it is not that hard.

  9. Excellent! I love how this can be adapted for any holiday! I would’ve made this for Canada Day had I known earlier 🙂 Good thing there are a lot more holidays to play with! Thank you!

  10. Joanne says:

    I actually ADORE candy corn, but then again I am a sweets addict. These patriotic colors are so cute! You’re right, these definitely have FUN potential!

  11. Wow, so cool! I’m going to have to try this!

  12. Kim says:

    I love that you changed up the colors! These are so festive and fun. I’m going to pin it (because I’m totally addicted to pinning now). LOL! Have a great 4th!

  13. Those are awesome! I’ve always wanted to make my own candy corn, I love that stuff 😀 I’m going to save this recipe to try on a special occasion.

  14. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper says:

    Those candy corn look amazing!

    I am having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party and hope you will join in on the fun!

  15. This is so cool! I had no idea you could make your own!! Awesome job!

  16. Liz says:

    So stinking adorable!

  17. Katrina says:

    This is awesome! Great recipe!

  18. Vivienne says:

    Deb, I thoroughly enjoy seeing all these super creative 4th july recipes on your site! A lot of fun and almost makes me wish that it gets as ‘patriotic’ here during our national bday too!

  19. Marisa says:

    Growing up I would watch my mother make candies, so I know how much work is involved, but gosh, it’s so worth it, right? These are spectacular! I’ve never seen 4th of July candy corn before.

  20. Wow! I love this idea! Thank you for sharing the recipe! It looks so adorable in a Mason jar! Your photography is beautiful!



  21. Mrs. L says:

    I seriously let out a “how cool is that!?” When I first saw this. Then I pinned it. Then I bookmarked it. And I kept seeing it on different sites so I had to come back and comment. Love this!

  22. Holly says:

    I was so excited to try these for our 4th celebration. Unfortunately, the “dough” was so crumbly that it wouldn’t stick together. Any suggestions for what I did wrong or how to save it if this happens again.

    • Deborah says:

      @Holly, I’m not a candy expert, but I’m guessing that your mixture was probably overcooked. Just make sure that the heat isn’t up too high. It shouldn’t be crumbly at all when you go to shape it. Hope this helps – and I’m so sorry it didn’t work out the first time for you! Happy 4th of July!

  23. OMG these are too cute!!

  24. You can make your own candy corn? OMG! This is so super fab!

  25. Helen says:

    That’s so cute! Since it’s a dough, will it stay soft or harden like the store bought candy corns?

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