Homemade Candy Corn

I saw this recipe over on The Frugal Girls website and decided this recipe was a must because it's one of my favorite candies and we can't buy it here in Norway.  It was a super hit at our 1st Halloween party. 


My ingredients. Here’s what I used:

  • 2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered milk or (powdered creamer - what I used)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Red and yellow food coloring

1. Combine the first 3 ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, bring granulated sugar, corn syrup, and butter to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to low and cook an additional 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly.
3. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Add in the dry milk, salt, and sugar mixture and mix well.
4. Let the dough cool for a few minutes until it’s just cool enough to handle. (Don’t let it sit too long or it will be harder to handle in the next steps.)
5. Divide into 3 parts. Add a few drops of food coloring to desired portions and knead well by hand.
6. Roll each portion into long ropes. Once ropes are formed, push one of each color together so you have 3 stripes.

Special notes:

  • I separated each of the colors into 6 ropes rather than one long rope.
  • I could not find powdered milk - the powdered coffee creamer worked fine
  • Sifting is important ! We didn’t sift and had to knead forever to pick out the small hard balls of dry ingredients. Worked out fine, but was just a little time consuming for something that could have been prevented.
  • Make sure you have some extra hands to help, makes it faster to cut and the dough can get hard fast.
  • the gel food coloring works great with the dough - almost like working with fondant.
  • the extra dough from the ropes, we made jack-o-lanterns.
  • this recipe is nice because there aren’t so many additives like the store bought kind.
  • Where did I find this recipe: Link:http://quiverfullofblessings.com/2011/10/16/homemade-candy-corn/


  1. I find the powdered milk in the little international shops. The most popular one is called Nido. It's whole powdered milk.


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