Homemade Candy Corn
Love candy corn? Then you're sure to love the colorful candy even more when it's homemade.
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup non fat milk powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
5 tablespoons salted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Red and yellow food coloring
- Combine powdered sugar, milk powder, and salt into medium bowl; set aside.
- Bring sugar, corn syrup and butter to boil over high heat in heavy large saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-high and boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
- Add the vanilla extract and powdered sugar mixture to hot syrup mixture in pan; stirring to combine well. Let mixture stand until slightly warm to touch, about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Divide dough into 3 equal pieces and place each in separate small mixing bowls.
- Color one piece of dough at a time. For yellow dough, add several drops of yellow food coloring to one piece and knead the dough until smooth and color is even (it is advisable to use disposable plastic glove to protect hands from being stained by food color). For orange dough, repeat procedure using several drops of both the red and yellow food coloring. For white dough, do not add any food coloring to the third piece.
- Roll each piece into a thin rope. Press the three ropes together to form a long rectangle. Using sharp knife, cut ropes into triangles. Using fingers, shape candy corn as desired.
- Store at room temperature in airtight container, separating layers with pieces of waxed paper to prevent sticking.
Makes about 1 pound.
Variation: For Valentine's Day colors, use only the red food coloring and add a few drops to make pink dough and more drops to make red dough.