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
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!