Candy corn is the quintessential Halloween treat, and who knew you could actually make it at home? This DIY version is a bit time consuming, but the end result is well worth it. Best of all, it’s vegan, so all your pals can enjoy it (store-bought candy corn typically contains animal products like gelatin, egg whites, and beeswax). If you really want to get into the spooky spirit, host a candy-corn-making party, so you can assemble these little confections in the company of friends.
1. In a large saucepan, bring 1 cup sugar, 2⁄3 cup corn syrup, 5 Tbsp. vegan margarine (such as Earth Balance), and 1 tsp. vanilla to a boil.
2. Reduce the heat to medium, and boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
3. In a bowl, sift together 2 1⁄2 cups powdered sugar, 1⁄3 cup powdered soy milk, and a pinch of salt, then add this to the sugar mixture and stir until combined.
4. Let the dough-like mixture stand until slightly warm to the touch, about 15 minutes, and divide into 3 equal pieces.
5. Add several drops of yellow food coloring to 1 piece of dough; knead until smooth and the color is even.
6. Make another piece of dough orange by adding a couple of drops each of yellow and red food coloring. Repeat kneading.
7. Knead the remaining piece of dough until smooth.
8. Roll each piece into ropes of equal length (no thinner than 1⁄4" or they will break), lay the ropes next to each other and push together to form one tricolor slab.
9. Using a sharp knife, make diagonal cuts across the slab, alternating their angle to make triangles from top and bottom. Round the corners of the triangles to make candy corn shapes; they’ll be a bit larger than the store- bought kind.
The recipe should yield at least 100 pieces, and they’ll stay fresh for quite some time. Store on parchment paper in an airtight container, and enjoy them whenever your sweet tooth strikes!
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Recipe by Melissa Elliott
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