Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Candy Corn

Candy corn

Happy Halloween! I have been knee deep in DIY this week so only managed to squeeze in one Halloween treat...

When I lived in New York I discovered candy corn and loved it! It can be bought in the UK but only from stores that specialize in American candy. So this year I decided to make my own in colours to match my Halloween theme of pink, black & white. As well as the traditional triangle shape I also made a few pumpkins, bones, skulls and roses.

Candy Corn (makes about 80 pieces)

Ingredients
280g icing sugar ( confectioners sugar)
225g caster sugar
20g (1/4 cup) dry powdered milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
242g (3/4 cup) glucose syrup or golden syrup (corn syrup)
76g (1/3 cup ) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Hot pink food colouring
Black food colouring

Cooking instructions
  1. Place icing sugar, powdered milk and salt in a separate bowl and set to one side.
  2. Place caster sugar, syrup and butter into a heavy based saucepan and bring to boil over high heat continually stirring.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and cook for a further 5 mins.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla essence.
  5. Add powdered milk mixture to saucepan and stir till combined. Leave till mixture is warm to the touch
  6. Separate mixture into three bowls
  7. Add pink food colouring to one portion of dough and knead till colour is even.
  8. Add black food colouring to one portion of dough and knead till colour is even.
  9. Roll each piece into a thin rope.
  10. Push the three ropes together to create a long rectangle.
  11. Gently press them together with a rolling pin.
  12. Cut into small triangle pieces and in your fingers roll into desired shape.
  13. Leave to dry for one hour on sheets of baking paper.
  14. Store in an airtight container, in layers separated with baking paper.

Candy corn skull
To make the tiny roses I used my rose mould from Nabby

Happy Halloween!
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11 comments:

  1. Oh Torie these are simply lush, I wish we were neighbours then I could watch you in action, you are so clever! Happy Halloween.:) xx

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  2. Happy Halloween, Torie. The home made candy corn looks fantastic and loving those themed colours too. How does it taste in comparison to the real thing? I haven't tried any candy corn yet since it's not readily available in the UK. But a US friend/blogger is sending me some. :)

    - Lisa.
    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

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    1. Hi Lisa ,Happy Haloween, I used corn syrup which is hard to come by here so it came pretty close to the real thing, might need to make more for Christmas x

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  3. I love seeing your pink and quirky Halloween treats and decorations every year on the blog.

    Happy Halloween!

    elle-tea.blogspot.com

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    1. Happy Halloween! I am hoping to have more time next year to do some more...

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  4. Hey Torie, thank you for stopping by my blog. I saw the crafts you made and the transformation of your house.. they are AMAZING and totally what I'd want my future home to look like!! I've bookmarked your blog for future reference. How excited! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful talents with us! :)

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  5. Spooky:-) And delicious for sure!

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  6. thanks for sharing.

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