Homemade Candy Corn

We think you’ll love these adorable, iconic Halloween candies made in your own home. Not only are they cute, they are easy enough for even small kids to make with you. And it’s fun to know exactly what is going in those little mouths!

Homemade Candy Corn

Yield: 300+ pieces of candy corn


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup powdered milk (if there are coarse grains, blend until smooth)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • orange and yellow gel food coloring


  1. Combine sugar, butter and corn syrup in a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook sugar mixture, regularly stirring until it comes to a gentle boil. Use a candy thermometer and heat until it reaches 230 degrees.
  3. While sugar is heating, mix powdered sugar, salt and powdered milk in a large bowl.
  4. When heat is reached, remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Mixture might sputter a bit, so be careful.
  5. Pour sugar mixture over the powdered milk mixture and stir with a wooden spoon. Stir until mostly combined, but it's okay if you see some texture still.
  6. Place the candy on a sheet of parchment paper. Let it sit and cool until it reaches a temperature that allows you to handle it. Knead it until the mixture is smooth.
  7. Divide candy into 3 different balls. Color one yellow, and one orange with 2-3 drops of gel paste food coloring. Knead them with your hands, you can wear gloves to protect your hands, we didn't and the food coloring washed right off!
  8. Roll each ball into a long rope, keep the width the same across the whole rope.
  9. Press the ropes together, and flatten and smooth with your hands.
  10. With a knife, or pizza cutter, cut rope into triangles. Lay pieces on a parchment paper, and let them harden for 24 hours, or more! The longer they dry the harder they will get.

Imagine these sprinkled along the table at your Halloween dinner, or bagged up to give to a teacher or friend. The longer these little cuties sit out, the harder they get, which makes them taste a little more like the original. But I love the softness of a freshly made batch.


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