If you're a little put off by store-bought candy corn's extensive ingredient list (we don't blame you), you can make a copycat version in the comfort of your own home. This homemade Halloween dessert is so simple, it's almost like magic. Not only is it incredibly easy, we think this recipe tastes even better than the commercial stuff.  

Recipe by Gooseberry Patch October 2012


Credit: Oxmoor House

Recipe Summary

Makes about one pound


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine sugar, butter and corn syrup in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and boil 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add vanilla; set aside.

  • Combine powdered sugar, salt and powdered milk; stir into sugar mixture. Let stand about 20 minutes, or until cool enough to handle. 

  • Divide dough into 3 equal parts and place in bowls. Wearing plastic gloves, knead desired amount of yellow food coloring into one bowl of dough; knead desired amount of yellow and red into the second bowl to create orange. Leave remaining bowl uncolored. Roll each portion of dough into a long, thin rope of equal lengths. 

  • Arrange dough ropes side-by-side; press seams together using a rolling pin. Cut into triangles with a sharp knife; shape edges to resemble corn kernels. Set aside until firm; store in an airtight container.


A Ghastly-Good Halloween