Homemade Candy Corn

This recipe was originally a vegan version, I adapted it.  The recipe is gluten free.  So here is another recipe that can be made for everyone!

I made a huge discovery when making the candy….you should not try to mold candy when your house is very cold.  The candy did end up getting to hard to work with.  It was so worth it though, the candy corn is really delicious, and just like….wait… maybe better then the store bought version!

Candy Corn Recipe – Recipe adapted from Earth Balance

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup corn syrup

5 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 powdered lowfat milk

pinch of sea salt

red and yellow food coloring


In sauce pan, bring sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla extract to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and stir occasionally for 5 minutes. Remove from burner.

In small bowl mix together powdered sugar, powdered milk, and salt.

Mix powdered sugar mixture into candy mixture.  Let cool for about 10-20 minutes.  Dough should be cool enough to work with, and mix in food coloring.

Divide dough into three even sections.  For yellow portion, use about 5-8 drops of yellow food coloring.  Use enough to get to your desired color.  For orange, use 2-4 drops of red, and about 5-10 drops of yellow.  To mix the dough, you will work the color into the dough completely, it could take about 15 minutes.  Use gloves when working with the food coloring, it can be a bit messy.

Roll out into a tube, and lay each color together to cut.

Cut each piece at an angle, you may waste some candy doing this….just make a fun candy bowl for scrapes!

You will mold each piece, and work them together.  Mine are a bit big, and of course not perfect, which is the way I like it!


I decided to add in a few pumpkins, why not right?  Growing up, my favorite was the pumpkins, not the actual candy corn treats.  I always had to eat the steam off first, then eat the rest of the piece of candy.

I hope you all have a very safe Halloween!!! Try to enjoy some homemade sweet treats instead of all the processed candy:-)

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra




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  • dudut @mytwistedrecipe
    so cute! you are awesome!
  • Megan Babinski
    Yay Halloween candy, fabulous job! I prefer the pumpkins, too. :)
  • How fun to make your own. So cute!
  • Chef Dennis
    those are so cool!  who doesn't love candy corn and now you can make your own!
  • Very awesome! I love candy making and you did an amazing job here!
  • Oh my goodness, I've always wanted to make my own Homemade Candy Corn ! These look luscious! Thanks for sharing, Terra! Hugs!
  • I am so impressed, homemade Candy Corn...seriously????  The Hubby's papa would love it!  You should take a bow...too awesome!!!!
    • Sorry for my delay responding.  You are so sweet!!! Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan
    You are the bomb! (Sorry I don't normally say "the bomb." It just came out as I typed) This is so awesome. I love seeing processed candy turned into a homemade masterpiece. Great job!!!
    • Sorry for my delay in responding to this comment! I love that you used the word "Bomb," made me giggle:-)  Thank you so much for the sweet comment, I had so much fun making them:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Liren
    So awesome! I'm crazy about candy corn, this makes you my hero :)
    • I am behind on replying, but wanted to say thank you so much!!! You are so sweet! I made them again, and they turned out. Love this recipe! Hugs, Terra
  • Joan Hayes
    Perfect, I love your pumpkins! And I always eat one color part at a time, hehe.