Author Notes: You don't have to limit your candy corn consumption to Halloween—you can make them yourself!
Tip: Feel free to add a different flavor of extract—coconut, almond, or mint work well! You can also mix up the colors! —Miranda Keyes
Makes: 120 pieces
cup confectioners' sugar
cup instant skim milk powder
cup granulated sugar
cup light corn syrup
teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2
drops orange food color
1 to 2
drops yellow food colour
- Place a Silicone baking mat on a large baking sheet.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar, milk powder, and salt, set aside.
- In a small pot, mix together sugar, corn syrup, water, and butter. Place on high heat and stir with a Silicone spatula until everything has melted together and the sugar has dissolved.
- Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Boil the corn syrup mixture, without stirring, until it reaches 240° F, about 2 to 3 minutes. (In candy-making terms, this is the soft ball stage).
- Quickly remove from heat and mix in the vanilla extract. Be careful, as it may sputter a bit. Pour the syrup into the bowl with the confectioners' sugar and milk powder. Using your Silicone spatula, mix until everything is combined and the mixture forms into a ball.
- Dump the candy corn dough onto the prepared Silicone baking mat. Leave for 5 to 10 minutes, until cool enough to handle. Split the candy corn dough into three equal-sized pieces. Color one orange by adding a few drops of orange food color, and color the other piece yellow. Knead the food color into the candy corn dough until it is thoroughly mixed in.
- Remove about 2 tablespoons of each color candy corn and roll into thin strands (about the width of a pencil). Wrap the remaining pieces in plastic wrap and set aside.
- Stack the strips on top of one another starting with the white and followed by the orange and then the yellow. Press them together so they make one tri-colored strip.
- Using a small paring knife cut triangles out of the strip to form your candy corn. Continue with remaining mixture. Leave candy corn pieces on the Silicone baking mat until dry, about 2 hours. Keep in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.
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