DIY Vegan, Naturally-Colored Candy Corn

Happy Halloweeeeeeen………month!

On a whim, I bought a candy thermometer and decided to go for homemade, vegan, food-dyed candy corn again (last year’s was a droopy fail since the recipe I followed didn’t cook the syrup). I’m excited! Are you ready?

I fully intended on this being a very difficult, long, messy process. I had intentions of having to scientifically add a ‘wax’ of some sort or agar as a solidifier and GUESS WHAT?! It never got close to that point. One try and done, literally. Nothing complicated. Yeah they’re not the cutest or realistic in size but they are fun and easy to make not to mention vegan, naturally colored and yummy: triple bonus! The more I practice the more store-bought they’ll look, even though that’s not necessarily always the goal.

Tools/equipment:

  • Stove and pot
  • Candy thermometer
  • Cutting board or non-stick/scratch surface
  • Pizza cutter or knife
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups powder sugar (separated)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/6 cup or 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • Turmeric powder
  • Beet root powder

Instructions:

  • Stir together oil, corn syrup and sugar in pot on stove on medium heat. Once stirred leave alone to cook. Stick the candy thermometer in and wait for temperature to rise to 245-250 degrees F, the mixture should be bubbling. This will take 1-6 minutes depending on stove.
  • Immediately take off heat once at desired temperature (my candy thermometer had a hard and soft ball marker near 245-250 so I did in between). Stir in vanilla, it will bubble and is HOT so wear protective clothes and try not to be too aggressive with stirring.
  • Add powder sugar a bit at a time while stirring until a dough ball that’s not too sticky or wet looking. It may not need all the powder sugar or it may need more. It will be squishy because it’s hot. Put the dough ball aside on a plate or a surface to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Once it’s cool enough to work with your hands but not cold and rock hard, divide into three parts. Add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric to one ball. Add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/4 teaspoon of beet root powder to the other, leaving the third one white. Work in with hands careful not to stain clothes (this is where kids could come in!)
  • Roll out into snakes and line the colors up. Use a kid safe knife or have an adult pizza cut the strips into triangles resembling candy corn. It dries and hardens as you go so speed is of the essence (10-15 minutes) but still have fun!
  • Once all dough is rolled and cut use your fingers to round edges and shape to your liking.
  • Let dry overnight. Mix with peanuts, jar them up for display, serve on a cupcake and/or eat! Store in bowl (if you have self control) out for all your creepy guests!!

Example of strips and the recipe I used for inspiration and tweaking Here. They have great troubleshooting as well, I just didn’t come across any so hopefully you don’t too!

In conclusion: I am definitely adding this to our yearly October tradition. Would be a great activity with kids who love candy, play-dough, crafts and baking. As I am a giant kid, as we all should be ESPECIALLY during Halloween, all should enjoy this treat. Half the fun is making it! No Tricks here just Treats. Have fun and let me know how yours turn out.

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