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  • Writer's pictureMadison Koutrouba

Homemade Candy Corn

I never thought to make candy corn from scratch until last week when I decided to give it a go...prepared for it to be a total flop. Spoiler alert! IT WASN'T A FLOP! And they are incredibly easy to make and taste just like the traditional store bought.

Watch the video below to help guide you in making your own candy corn at home :)


  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. powdered milk

  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup corn syrup

  • 2 Tbsp. salted butter

  • Yellow and orange food coloring


  1. In a medium sized bow, sift together the powdered sugar, powdered milk, and salt. Set aside.

  2. In a medium sized pot, stir the sugar, corn syrup and butter for just a second or two to make sure everything is mostly combined.

  3. Place the pot over medium heat on the stovetop. Do NOT mix while the mixture is over the heat. Just let it bubble and let the butter melt.

  4. Using a candy thermometer let the syrup mixture come to about 240°-245°. Once it has reached that temp. remove the syrup from the heat and pour over the bowl of dry ingredients.

  5. Use a heat proof spatula to stir everything together until there are no lumps. The mixture should be white and very hot.

  6. Let it cool down for a few minutes before handling it so you don't burn your hands. It helps to use gloves when handling the candy so you don't get food dye on your hands and so it helps the heat not affect your hands as much.

  7. Once the mixture has cooled down a bit, separate it into three equal pieces. It helps to work on a silicone mat to prevent sticking.

  8. Dye one of the pieces orange and another yellow. Keep the last one white.

  9. If the mixture gets too sticky to work with, use a bit of cornstarch to help. Be careful not to use too much corn starch or the colors won't stick together.

  10. Roll each color into a long thin log and place them next to each other to create a long conjoined strip of orange yellow and white.

  11. Gently press and squeeze the candy so they begin to stick next to each other. Refer back to the video above to help guide you in these steps.

  12. Cut out triangles by using a sharp knife to cut diagonally back and forth along the strip. Repeat this process until you have used up all of the candy.

  13. Let the candy corn set in the fridge to firm up a bit and enjoy!!


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