Homemade Candy Corn Recipe

Quite possibly the most popular candy for Fall and Halloween is Candy Corn. There is just something about those little marshmallow bites of yellow, orange and white pieces of candy that we all love.

They are of course available at most every store you could imagine. But have you ever thought about making your own?

Yes – Homemade Candy Corn, it’s possible and pretty easy too! All you need are some basic ingredients, a strong arm and a little time.

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I saw something interesting on Facebook last week. The question was – “when I can buy a box of oatmeal pie cookie sandwiches for under $2, why would I want to bake them myself?”

Now, I have to admit I have thought about this more times than I like to admit, however the answer is – because you know what ingredients are in them. Which also goes for this Candy Corn, can you buy it already made for not a lot of money – sure – but if you make your own you definitely know there aren’t a bunch of preservatives in it or other ingredients that we can’t even pronounce.

And besides – it’s fun to make your own. The kids love helping roll out the long ropes, and putting it together to form the unmistakable candy.

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So how do we make this favorite Halloween Candy? Let’s get started…

Homemade Candy Corn :: Recipe and Tutorial on HoosierHomemade.com

First, you will combine the powdered sugar, powdered milk and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine.

Homemade Candy Corn :: Recipe and Tutorial on HoosierHomemade.com

On the stovetop, combine the butter, corn syrup and sugar and boil for about 3-4 minutes. It’s best to use a candy thermometer, cook until it reaches 230 degrees or the soft ball stage. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Carefully pour the mixture into the powdered sugar mixture.

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This is where the strong arm comes in. Grab your hubby if you need help and stir the mixture until well combined.

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Turn the mixture out onto a piece of wax paper and let cool until you can easily handle it, about 10-15 minutes.

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Divide the mixture into thirds and color two of pieces with yellow and orange, kneading until well combined.

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Then roll each piece into ropes, place the ropes together and pinch them slightly until they stick together. Flatten the ropes and cut into triangles.

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Homemade Candy Corn
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Homemade Candy Corn isn't as hard as you think, and taste lots better than store bought. Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com
  • 1 cup sugar, granulated (white)
  • ⅔ cup light corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup powdered milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Orange and Yellow Wilton coloring
  1. In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, salt and powdered milk.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, butter and corn syrup.
  3. Bring to a gentle boil, constantly stirring, turn down heat and continue boiling for about 3-4 minutes. Mixture should read 230 degrees on a candy thermometer.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  5. Add to liquid mixture to the powdered sugar mixture, with a heavy wooden spoon or other sturdy spoon, stir together,
  6. Place candy on wax paper, and allow to cool until you are able to handle it. Knead until all incorporated.
  7. Divide into 3 equal parts and color with Wilton orange and yellow coloring. I used my hands to mix the coloring in, you can put gloves on if you want, but I didn't have any trouble washing off the coloring.
  8. Roll each piece into long ropes, trying to keep the thickness close to the same size.
  9. Place ropes together, with orange in the middle
  10. Gently press ropes together, and flatten with your hands
  11. With a sharp knife cut triangles, not every piece will have a white point (those are good for snacking)
  12. Cut into several pieces, this recipe made a TON of candy corn
  13. Store in airtight container.
Be sure not to boil the mixture too long or the candy corn will be grainy. Adding a little more corn syrup to the mixture when boiling will make the candy corn a little softer.

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  1. This looks so cute!!! I wish I had that talent! :)
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  2. Melinda says:

    Oh my goodness those are cute! Never in a million years would I have thought to make my own candy corn!

  3. Love the step-by-step!

  4. You are amazing girl! I’m to chicken to try making this! Everything looks beautiful!

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  5. Kortnie says:

    Homemade candy corn?! That’s amazing!!!

  6. Kara says:

    Liz, your cupcakes and candy corn are FABULOUS!!!

    Found u thru TT&J!

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  7. CUTE! What a fun project, I know when my daughter sees this she will want to make some with her BFF. They love spending time together in the kitchen!
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  8. christy says:

    how much do i love you right now! candy corn is my favorite..i have to make these..thank you so much for the recipe
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  9. Fantastic .. Looks absolutely stunning!! Good job!!!!
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  10. Now that looks like fun! Will I give it a try? Probably not this year because I have too much on my plate already. I have made candy in the past though, just not candy corn. So, did they taste like the candy corn in the store?
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  11. Cindy says:

    Wow, awesome!! they turned out great!
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  12. Kelly Stone says:

    Having the patience to make candy corn – you are truly amazing.


  13. Charlene says:

    I’m not a fan of candy corn either but now I want to try this!

  14. This is so cute! I hope you will come link it to my Halloween party this weekend. It would be a wonderful addition!



  15. Rose in Ohio (@RoseMillsOhio) says:

    Had I not seen it with my own eyes, I would have said it was impossible! Major kudos to you–not only for trying, but for succeeding in making homemade candy corn.

    Lesson learned!

  16. Tickled Red says:

    You do realize that I am going to be hounded now to make these year round :) M1 is addicted to candy corn. This is awesome!!
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  17. That looks like a LOT of work, but I bet they taste great! :)
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  18. you’re so creative ;-)
    LOVE It.

    I’m sooo not a candy corn fan, at all. But, the cupcakes and the homemade, might sway me ;-)

  19. alicia says:

    One word, WOW! you know I LOVE candy corn! :) Thanks for sharing. I’ll try to remember to share your links next week.
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  20. I tried making this carn over the weekend, and it turned out great. Thank you again for a great recipe.

  21. Great job, thanks for all of the tips. I always shy away from “real” candy recipes. Your candy corn and cupcakes look wonderful.
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  22. This is so neat, you’re a genius!

    ~Aubree Cherie

  23. jen says:

    I love this, my daughter is going to love making the candy corn. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  24. Lisa says:

    I never even knew it was possible to make your own candy corn. Way to go!
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  25. I am so going to try and make these with my kids!

  26. Brandi says:

    Absolutely amazing!!
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  27. http://icedteaintheafternoon.blogspot.com/2010/10/fall-recipe-candy-corn-cookie-bark.html

    Okay so you have to try my recipe I uploaded to Work for Me Wednesday – Candy Corn Cookie Bark :)
    {Candy Corn is Adorning in my book too}

  28. Jen says:

    Very cute! Thanks for the great recipe and decorating tips.

  29. Holy cow! How cool is that? Um….very cool.
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  30. Omg that is too cute. I’m so intimidated to try those things!
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  31. I am totally doing this next year!!
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  32. Jacqueline says:

    These look so fun and easy (except for stirring. I bet they taste fantstic compared to candy corn. Beautiful with the cupcakes and wrappers too.
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  33. These look so good – beautiful pictures and cupcakes. If my husband finds this post on my computer I can tell you that we’ll be making this here soon. I appreciate your helpful tips because I’ll definitely make sure that I have hubby’s help if we attempt these.
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  34. ButterYum says:

    I love candy corn, so I’m sure I would LOVE these. I think this is the first time I’ve seen anyone make them from scratch. I’m inspired.

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  35. Gabrielle Smith says:

    Wow. My daughter has never had candy corn because she is allergic to egg. We will try this very soon!

  36. Sue says:

    Wow, you’re so ambitious! These look fantastic!

  37. Kristen says:

    No way – homemade candy corn? That is amazing! My kids would think I hung the moon if I made this for them!
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  38. Mimi says:

    Love candy corn, this will be fun to try.
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  39. CookiePie says:

    WOW – that is amazing, so impressive!!
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  40. that looks so good, your whole display! love it!

  41. Greta says:

    That’s amazing!!! And way better for you at least less processed than the kind they sell you!!! Check out my blog post on “What’s In It?” about candy corn!! http://www.middleagedjock.com/?p=621

    Your candy corn is much prettier too!!!
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  42. I added your button to my blog. I am new to this so please forgive a newbie question…how would I tell my readers about this posting? I am doing a series on Halloween decorating this month and adding a few interesting side projects. This looks so cool.

    • CupcakeLady says:

      Hi Catherine, It’s perfectly fine to ask, we were all newbies at some point :-)
      The best way to share another bloggers post is to first ask, which you did, and then just share a picture and a link back to the post. If you need help linking back or posting the picture, just email me, I’m happy to help. hoosierhomemade (at) gmail (dot) com

  43. Love this! Just featured it on our Fun Finds Friday…stop by and take a look!
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  44. You’ve definitely intrigued me. I think my girls would really like to try this. You mentioned how hard the stirring was. Do you think using a Kitchen Aid mixer would work? I never really liked candy corn either until I tried some from the Jelly Belly company. Yum!

    • CupcakeLady says:

      Hi Shari, a kitchen aid would definitely help. But the mixture is very sticky, so I’m not sure how it would react, since I don’t have one.
      Let me know if you give it a try…it’s well worth the effort!

  45. Liang says:

    I made this for my husband for Valentine’s Day. I colored the candy red, pink, and white. Candy corn is his favorite candy. I used a diffrent less clear recipe first and over cooked the mixture. Thanks to your recipe the second batch came out perfect! Thanks so much!!! Your tips and notes were prefect and really helped! thanks for the third time!

  46. Chelsea says:

    Made your candy corn receive last night, with my husbands help:) I did follow your recipe and your notes and they came out perfect! It was VERY time consuming but so worth it! Thanks for sharing.

  47. Denise says:

    Thanks for the recilpe. Planning to make some to make my butterfingers candy. I usually make candy for the Nov.-Dec. Holidays. Made some last year & everyone is clamoring for more.

  48. Keary says:

    Somehow I need to find time to make these this week! And yes, I’ve made oatmeal pies too, but I live in Beijing and I can’t just run out to the store and buy some. Always fun to have a taste of home. My children are still asking me to make the oatmeal pies again. I bet it will be the same with these. I’ll need to make enough for them to share with friends (and teachers) at school–and they’re both in high school!

  49. Camille says:

    Can you replace the corn ayrup with honey? The bags I buy always day made with honey.

  50. Robyn says:

    The kids love candy corn…have to try this with them. Thanks so much for sharing. These turned out fantastic!
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