Homemade candy corn.

As you may have guessed from yesterdays post, I LOVE candy corn. I know it’s just sugar, sugar and more sugar in the form of corn syrup, but I love it. So much so that I wanted to make my own. A few things to note. One, the dough for this candy seems to be very temperamental and does not do well in humidity. Since we’re in the midst of a hurricane, it’s very humid here so the dough never really hardened as well as it should have. But that’s what the freezer is for! Two, some things are just easier to buy at the store. This is one of them. It took me four tries to get the dough right, and what worked for me might not work for you. But that being said, three, this homemade version is yummy and buttery and could easily be adapted to any flavor or shape, making it good for any holiday.

Homemade Candy Corn Recipe halloween

So even though this was a bit of a pain, since I did end up with successful candy corn, I’m going to share the recipe. Enjoy!

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
6 1/2 tsp nonfat dry milk
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
2 1/2 tsp water
2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
a few drops yellow and orange food coloring

Homemade Candy Corn Recipe halloween ingredients

Combine powdered sugar, dry milk and salt in a food processor. Pulse 4 to 5 times, about 10 seconds each pulse, until the mixture is well combined. Set aside.

Homemade Candy Corn: Hot Syrup recipe Homemade Candy Corn: Mix in dry indregients Homemade Candy Corn: Mixed dough

Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a pot over medium heat, cover and cook. After 4 minutes add the butter, and using an instant read thermometer, bring the mixture to 235°F (about 2 to 3 minutes). It should be slightly boiling. Once the syrup has reach 235°F, remove from heat. Add the vanilla and the dry mixture, stirring continuously with a silicone spatula until well combined, removing all lumps. Pour onto a pan lined with a silicone baking mat. Cool until the mixture can be handled, about 10 minutes. The consistency should feel a bit like Play-Doh (not sticky).

Homemade Candy Corn: Sliced dough Homemade Candy Corn: Colored dough Homemade Candy Corn: Rolled dough

Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces. Add 2 drops of yellow food coloring to 1 piece and knead the dough until the color is consistent throughout. Add 2 drops of orange (or two yellow, one red) to the second piece, and knead. Be sure not to add too much food coloring as it will soften the dough. Leave the third piece white.

Homemade Candy Corn: Sliced candies Homemade Candy Corn: Finished!

Roll each piece of dough into a strand about 18-inches long. Cut each strand in four pieces. Take one piece of each color and roll into a strand that is about 1/4 to 1/3-inch thick and about 18-inches long. Lay the strands side by side and press them together using your fingers. Run your fingers over the top to smooth the pieces together. Cut each strand into small triangles with a pizza cutter or wire butter cutter. Repeat the procedure with remaining dough. Lay the finished pieces on a piece of parchment or waxed paper to dry for 1 hour. You can freeze them for 15 minutes if your house is humid. Store in an airtight container with parchment paper between each layer. Enjoy this classic fall treat!

Homemade Candy Corn Recipe halloween ingredients

Recipe adapted from The Food Network.

7 responses to Homemade candy corn.

  • Ada (new york)

    posted on 10.31.12 at 6:05 am


    Wow, I’ve never seen a DIY Candy Corn …. I looove Play Doh so maybe I can tackle this project :) Hmmm, or maybe just have fun eating them. GREAT pics and DIY! THANK YOU for sharing it! Happy Halloweeeeeen!

  • Gloria Plumly

    posted on 10.31.12 at 7:12 pm


    Very impressive. I know you are in Candy Heaven!

  • Chedva

    posted on 11.1.12 at 8:14 am


    I’m officially obsessed! My fave candy in the world.

    • Ashley

      posted on 11.1.12 at 1:38 pm


      Me too, Chedva! Now you can have them year round!

  • Marni

    posted on 11.1.12 at 1:37 pm


    I love this. From a non baker /foodie this is something I could attempt to make!

    • Ashley

      posted on 11.1.12 at 1:38 pm


      If you do Marni, let me know how they turn out!

  • naama

    posted on 10.16.15 at 2:50 am


    hi, can i use condesed milk instead of the dry one and then just not add water?

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