Okay, so I do realize that candy corn can be bought pretty cheaply, and I did use bought candy corn for my Butterfingers recipe last week, but I just had to try the homemade version of candy corn once I saw some on Pinterest. Hey, it’s worth trying once, right? So, I looked up the recipe from dessertfirstgirl.com, rolled up my sleeves, and got busy with my ingredients. Here’s what I used:
- 2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1/4 cup powdered milk
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- food coloring
1. Combine the first 3 ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, bring granulated sugar, corn syrup, and butter to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to low and cook an additional 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
3. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Add in the dry milk, salt, and 10X sugar mixture and mix well.
4. Let the dough cool for a few minutes until it’s just cool enough to handle. (Don’t let it sit too long or it will be harder to handle in the next steps.)
5. Divide into 3 parts. Add a few drops of food coloring to desired portions and knead well by hand.
6. Roll each portion into long ropes. Once ropes are formed, push one of each color together so you have 3 stripes.
7. Cut into triangle shapes and let sit out for @1 hour.
8. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
As you can see, they do look a bit different than the store-bought variety. They’re definitely not all perfect and uniform looking, but that’s the beauty of things made by hand, isn’t it? I do have to say that the texture is softer and the taste is nicer (less artificial maybe?) than the bought kind. This is also a fun one for kids to help with!