A confession; despite what I often say on this blog, I don’t think I’ve actually ever managed to eat all of the candy I’ve received on Halloween. I mean, I eat a heck of a lot and I guess it’s ‘cos my boyish charm gets me more candy than others (yeah, right… – AS) but it’s true – I’ve never managed to finish all my Halloween candy on October 31st.
That ain’t a bad thing though, as it means that my Ma can bake me up all kinds of awesome treats using the leftover candy – particularly the candy corn. So, in this post, I’ve compiled two of my favorite recipes using candy corn – whether you use them to make awesome Halloween treats or just to use up leftover candy, I guarantee you’ll love ‘em!
Candy Corn Popcorn Balls
Image credit: Food Network
Popcorn, melted marshmallow, candy corn – what more could anyone ask for?! These candy corn popcorn balls by Elizabeth LaBau are so easy to make that even I managed to knock up something resembling the picture above! Here’s what you need…
- 1.5 cups of candy corn
- 4 cups of miniature marshmallows (such as Little Becky)
- 1 bag of good ol’ American popcorn
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (turns out this isn’t just blended up vanilla ice cream, by the way)
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ½ stick of butter
Right, got your ingredients? Let’s get cooking, baby!
- Line a baking tray with aluminium foil and spray it with non-stick cooking oil spray (available from all good stores – don’t bother with the bad ones)
- Put the candy corn and popcorn in a large mixing bowl and leave it – we’re gonna be using it again later.
- Put the butter in a microwavable dish (top tip: metal isn’t microwavable…I really should have listened in chemistry) and microwave it for about 30-45 seconds. Then, add the marshmallows and microwave again for 90 seconds. Take the bowl out, mix the contents and then add the vanilla and salt and stir it up until the marshmallows are pretty much blended.
- Remember that bowl of candy corn and popcorn (if you don’t, go back to step 2!)? Grab it and pour the marshmallow and butter mix over the top of the candy corn. Stir it up and let it cool for a minute.
- Now comes the fun bit; spray your hands with oil (yeah, sounds crazy, right?) and grab up a big old handful of your popcorn/candy corn/marshmallow mixture. Form it into a ball and squeeze them real tight so they compact and stick together.
- Leave the balls on the baking tray from earlier and let them firm up at room temperature. Once that’s done, get eating!
Candy Corn Bark
Image credit: Harvard Common Press
Yeah, you read that right; candy corn bark. Like Dr. Frankenstein, I’ve found a recipe that melts Christmas and Halloween into one delicious package, with a healthy dose of Americana thrown in for good measure.
Well, actually it was our good buddy Elizabeth LaBau who came up with the recipe. I guess I’m more like Dr. Frankenstein’s cool, wise-cracking assistant or something.
- 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips (like these Hershey semi-sweet chocolate chips). I reckon you could probably get away with regular chocolate chips too.
- 1 cup of white chocolate chips
- ½ cup of crispy rice cereal
- 1 cup of candy corn
Aprons on, everybody; here comes the messy part…
- Line a baking tray with aluminium foil (Elizabeth sure does love doing this)
- Put the chocolate into separate bowls and melt them both in the microwave; try not to eat it when you take it out.
- Add half of the candy corn and all of the cereal to the melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. Then, tip this out onto the baking tray and smooth it out until it’s an even layer of deliciousness.
- Use the white chocolate to drizzle pretty patterns on top of the chocolate/candy corn/cereal layer. Then, using a toothpick or something similar (top tip: don’t use the nib of a pen unless you like the taste of ink), swirl the chocolate into a nice pattern.
- Sprinkle the rest of the candy corn over the top of the chocolate and press them gently in until they stick.
- Put the mixture into your refrigerator for 30 minutes. If the temptation of eating the melted chocolate mix is too much, go play GTAV for half an hour. Don’t forget about the bark though, ‘cos you might have to go back to step one again!
- Remove the bark from the fridge, break it up and enjoy!
Sadly, that’s cooking class over for today. Let me know how you get on with the recipes above and let me know if you’ve got any more awesome candy corn recipes in all the usual places; on Twitter @AStoneHCO, on Facebook or in the comments. Happy eating, Stoneites!