How to Make Candy Corn

Candy corn is a popular candy for the autumn season. This colorful candy is typically shaped in a cone-shape or triangle, but you can use your imagination and shape it however you choose. Homemade candy corn is easy to make and yummy to eat. Get your kids involved. Children can assist in the preparation of the candy corns.

Here is what you will need to make your own candy corn for a tasty holiday treat.


Sauce pan

Wooden spoon or large spoon to stir candy mixture

Wax paper (for cooling the candy)

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup white corn syrup

1/3 cup butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

several drops of food coloring (orange or any other color)

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup powdered milk

Now combine sugar, corn syrup (white) and butter in a pan over high heat and stir constantly until it boils. Next reduce heat to low and boil for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Then, remove from heat and add vanilla and drops of food coloring. In separate bowl combine powered sugar, salt and powdered milk. Now pour dry ingredients into pan with liquid mixture. Stir until it is cool enough to handle, then work with your hands until it is stiff. Mold the the triangles or desired shapes of the candy and allow it to cool and harden on wax paper. Another variation is to divide the dough and color it different colors and layer your candies with multiple colors. These candies will just melt in your mouth and are kid-friendly too.

Once the candy has cooled completely, store it in plastic bags or an airtight container until you are ready to serve.

Candy corns can be delicious treats for Halloween, Thanksgiving or any other holiday. They add a festive touch to your holiday table. Fill up glass bowls and use them as a centerpiece or decoration on your Thanksgiving table. Mix the candy corns with M&M’s or other favorite candies and have them out for guests to snack on and enjoy before and/or after dinner. Shape the candies into circles, leaves, flowers or any other decorative shape.

You can color the candy corns red and white and even use them for a Christmas treat. Fill a cellophane bag with red and white candy corns and give them as a gift to friends and family. This treat could make a beautiful present topper. Mix candy corns with cashews, almonds or mixed nuts and give your neighbors a sweet and salty treat. This basic candy corn recipe has endless possibilities.