Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!

Can't wait to see if there's gonna be a rise in recipes using all the leftover candy next week. We don't have kids, but every year I dress up (and force my husband) and we pass out candy. The kids in the neighborhood get a kick out of it and are excited to see adults still dress up. I have learned I can't dress as a witch and use my long black wig because that does scare kids. It's my favorite holiday and I'll doubt I'll have any candy yet, but I think my husband has already snuck some out and hid it for himself. So here's a recipe I'm gonna try this weekend....

Traditional Candy Corn

2-1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1/3 cup nonfat powdered milk
1 cup regular sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon of salt
5 tablespoons of salted butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Yellow and red food coloring

Bring the regular sugar, corn syrup and butter to a boil over medium high heat in a large heavy saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium and continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat.

While boiling the above, put the powdered sugar, powdered milk and salt in a large bowl and set it aside.

Add the vanilla and powdered mixture into the hot mixture in the saucepan. Be sure and mix it well. Then let the mixture sit for about 20 minutes or so until the mixture is slightly warm.
Divide the dough into 3 equal parts and put one in each of a small mixing bowl. Add orange (mix red and yellow together) food coloring to one part and yellow food coloring to another. Knead the dough until the color is well blended. Also knead the white dough until smooth. You may want to put on plastic gloves or a zip-loc bag to protect your hands from the food coloring.

Roll each piece into a thin rope of equal length. Press the three ropes together to make a long rectangle. Using a sharp knife, cut the ropes into triangles and shape with your fingers. You will have some with white tips and some yellow tips.

It is best to store between layers of waxed paper so they do not stick together.

And just for Veronica I hope to get some good close ups hand modeling the candy! I got an award today so I'll share that next week along with some more tasty recipes.

Have a great weekend and HAPPY HOLLOWEEN!!!


  1. Allie, I love your costume. I have a lover of candy corn in the house so this recipe will definitely get some use. Thanks.

  2. I have never tried to make my own candy corn. I would love to see how yours turned out!

  3. that candy corn sounds good homemade. i for some reason can't appreicate the taste of store bought candy corn. cute costume!

  4. Fun Costume! Hope you had a great Halloween!