Homemade Candy Corn – Oh my!

My daughter’s favorite candy is candy corn. She LOVES it! But it’s super hard to find in stores if it’s not Halloween. So I figured there has to be a way to make it. How hard could it be, right? I mean, what is it? Sugar and more sugar. I can do that. (Well, at least I can try, right?)

So we bought our ingredients and set out to make homemade candy corn. (Can I just tell you how happy my daughter was!)

Here’s what you will need:

1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used the clear kind)
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup powdered milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
food coloring

In a large saucepan combine the sugar, butter and corn syrup. Cook over high heat while stirring constantly and bring to a boil. Once it reaches the boiling point, reduce to medium low heat and cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

Sift the powdered sugar, powdered milk and salt into another bowl. Make sure you sift these so you don’t have lumps.

Add to the mixture in the saucepan and mix thoroughly. Allow the dough to cool for about 30 minutes. (I just let it cool in the saucepan.)

Divide the dough into three equal parts (Or more if you want different colors). Add about 3 drops of food coloring to each bowl and mix thoroughly. You will have to kneed it like bread dough to get it all mixed in.

Roll each color into a slender rope. You can make it as thick or thin as you would like depending on how big you want your candy corn to be.

Line the three ropes up together. To make sure they will stick together you might want to give them a gentle rolling with a rolling pin. But make sure you don’t smash them!

Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into triangles. This will make half the batch “traditional” yellow, orange and white and half the batch reverse.

Let them sit out for about an hour or two so they firm up a little. This way they won’t stick to eat other in the bowl/container.

I’m not much of a candy eater. (Now, chocolate is another story). But these were mighty tasty! Much better than the store bought kind!

And don’t forget to be creative! We made some to show our 4th of July spirit.

And we made some curly Q ones.

We made some for my daughter that were pink, purple and white and some for my son that were blue, green and white.

Eat and enjoy!

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  1. You have such great ideas! My girls and I are planning on doing a lot of your activities this summer. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. That is so cool. I love seeing people make things homemade. I am copying down the recipe to try out later.

  3. ooh, i love it! looks so fun, and yummy, and what a great idea to make it yourself. i am especially partial to your post b/c i absolutely love halloween and the fall, and this makes me giddy with anticipation. i am fully aware that it is barely june…but that doesn’t mean i am not always ready for the fall!

  4. What a great idea and could be made in any color compinations to go with party thems, etc. I love this idea. Thanks for the inst.

    I came here via Between Naps on the Porch. Hope you can stop by and visit with me sometimes over at Pittypat Paperie.

  5. Very cute! Candy Corn is my favorite too!

  6. These are so cute! I love the colors you used. What a fun idea 🙂

  7. SO CREATIVE!!! I LOVE it!!!

  8. great idea!! come link up to MMM!!

  9. SUPER CLEVER! And you are so welcome! Thanks for partying with me at Crazy Daisy! Who knows, maybe you will bring these this week!?!?

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

  10. I LOOOOVE candy corn! I’ve just saved your file, and when I’m done pretending to diet (in a week or less). I’m trying these!!! ;o)

  11. Cute idea!!! She’s a lucky girl!


  12. Oh wow, you are a great mom! That candy looks wonderful, and what lovely memories you are making!!

  13. How fun! I never thought about making Candy Corn from scratch! Looks like your daughter had a blast!
    I’d love for you to join in the party on my new blog, It’s A Blog Party!

  14. what a fun idea! these look great 🙂

  15. What a cute idea and fund thing to do with the kids! I love your colors better than the kind you find at Halloween. Have a wonderful day! Denise

  16. I never would have thought of this. Absolutely wonderful job. I bet your daughter is happy. I’m sure they taste much better…

  17. Love this post, Erin. Your candy corn are great and I love that you can choose colors to match an occasion. And they are delicious to boot!!!

  18. This is the coolest idea. Possibly ever. I love how simple this looks and how easy it would be to customize them. Really, really clever.

    Saw you another blog and came to visit.

    I’m glad I did.

    Your daughter is adorable!

  19. very cool love all the great colors

  20. Wow I am totally impressed. These look great. Found your blog on blogparty

  21. This is great! I would have never thought to make candycorn. It is my favorite. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Will definitely give it a try:)

  22. My husband LOVES LOVES LOVES Candy Corn! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  23. Awesome summer kid project and yummy at that! Thanks for linking up at PonyTails&FishScales!



  24. Thanks for sharing your recipe with Tuesday Tastes! People’s Choice Award Polls are open now, come vote for your favorite!

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy


  25. Thanks for linking up! I’ll be featuring your idea on my Saturday Showcase tomorrow. Be sure to come grab a featured button!


  26. My husband would love this! Thanks for linking to FTF!

  27. These look awesome and I can’t wait to try this with my kiddoes! I featured you on PonyTails&FishScales……terelauritsen.blogspot.com


  28. how cool! i kind of kind the curly Q ones better than the candy corn shaped ones 🙂

  29. Thanks for linking up to Tot Tuesdays! They look sooo yummy. I hope you’ll join me again next week for another fantastic party! Have a great week!

  30. Erin, as always, THANK you for remembering me, and linking up. Can’t tell you how happy it makes me. Looking forward to more of your creativity girl, you are such an inspiration. :), and for the record I HATE candy corn, but these are so cute,, he he. 🙂

  31. Awesome and so cute. I’ve got my FHE snacks figured out for next week so thanks!

  32. Thanks for this post, I am trying to figure out how to make a swirly lollipop for my kids lollipop birthday party (besides just regular ones). I am thinking I could make the ropes and jus swirl them and stick them on a stick instead of cutting them into triangles!
    Thanks again.