Homemade Candy Corn

Homemade Candy Corn

Candy Corn is one of the things that I always associate with Fall and Halloween.  Yes I’ll admit that I’m one of those weird people that actually like it!  I always buy the first bag I see of it, usually in August!   It isn’t as hard to make as you would think and really it is so much better than the store bought kind.


1 Cup Sugar
2/3 Cup Light Corn Syrup
1/3 Cup Butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/3 Cup Powdered Milk
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
Orange and Yellow Gel Food Coloring, Can be purchased at Michaels if not at your local grocery


In a saucepan combine granulated sugar, corn syrup and butter.

Bring to a boil stirring constantly.

Turn down the heat and let continue to boil until the candy thermometer reads 230. This should take 2-4 minutes depending on your stove top. If the temp goes over 230 and a tablespoon of cold water to bring it down.

Combine the powdered sugar, dry milk and salt. Either pour them through a sieve or process in a food processor, we don’t want any milk lumps!

Add the vanilla and the dry ingredients stirring continuously with a heat-proof spatula, silicone ones work great!

Pour onto a sheet pan lined with a SilPat or parchment paper.

Cool for about 15 minutes until it is cool enough to work with.

Divide into three equal parts and tint one part yellow with the food gel, another part orange with the food gel, and leave the third part white. You can use different colors if you want, I have made red, green and white for Christmas.

Knead each color thoroughly until the color is well mixed and the mixture is smooth.

Roll each color into a rope that’s about 18 inches long.

Cut that in half and roll them together until you get a roll that’s about 1/2 an inch wide and around 22-24 inches long.

Layer the strands, white, yellow, and orange. Smooth them together and cut into 4 parts.

Cut each part in alternating triangles creating a zig zag as illustrated in the photo.

Let Candy Corn pieces dry for about an hour on parchment paper then place in an air tight container. I like to use a Mason Jar. This makes a ton of candy corn, so Enjoy!