A Surplus of Candy Corn

I have a surplus of candy corn from my candy jars~

 Despite the fact that it’s the poster-child-candy for Fall & Halloween, easily substituted for Bat Fangs used in potion stirring spoons~  I have to confess~ I am not a fan of the flavor or texture. . .

  { insert gasp here }

. . . blasphemous, I know since October 3oth is National Candy Corn Day.

So I found a few recipes to use my candy corn & make it more palatable to my tastes buds and to parcel out in treat bags~

I found a Chex Party Mix recipe using Rice Chex cereal, a combination peanut butter and white baking chips, dry-roasted peanuts and peanut butter M&M’s here. I substituted my candy corn for the M&M’s, used mixed nuts & tossed in some pretzels to the mix for a little more salty to balance the sweet.

I still found myself picking around the candy corn :) but it’s a great way to use up your extra candy~

According to the National Confectioners Association:

Candy corn has been around for more than 100 years. George Renninger, and employee of the Wunderlee Candy Company, invented the popular confection in the 1800’s and Wunderlee became the first to produce the candy. The Goelitz Candy Company (now Jelly Belly Candy Company) started producing the confection in 1900 and still produces candy corn today.

Lack of machinery meant that candy corn was only made seasonally from March to November, remaining unchanged for more than 100 years. In 1900, it was the job of many men to produce candy corn for eight months of the year. Sugar, corn syrup and other ingredients were cooked into a slurry in large kettles. Fondant and marshmallow were added to give a smooth texture and bite. The 45 pounds of hot candy was poured into buckets called runners. Men dubbed stringers walked backwards pouring the candy into cornstarch trays imprinted with the kernel shape, taking three passes to make the white, yellow and orange colors. Originally, candy corn was delivered by wagon in wooden boxed, tubs and cartons.

I decided it might be fun to infuse some vodka to create a Candy Corn Martini and I found a recipe on Food Network here.

Food Network’s recipe called for infusing 1 1/2 cups of vodka with 1/2 cup of candy corn for 3 hours.

 After reading the comments I upped the quantity of my candy corn to a cup and let it “steep” for 3 days. It looked a little like a scary science experiment with the candy partially dissolved, but after straining the solids the result was a wonderful, clear orange color~ perfect for a Fall or Halloween cocktail!

Other ingredients found on the recipe link above are juice of a lemon, orange liqueur and 1 large egg white. Not terribly excited about using raw egg white, I substituted powdered egg whites instead.

A festive, seasonal { & potent! } cocktail that you only need ONE of~

 Some of the comments I read stated that the infused vodka & resulting martini didn’t taste much like candy corn and wasn’t very sweet~ which was perfect for my taste buds :) If you’re wanting a sweeter flavor, you could start with vanilla vodka since I found that the candy corn serves as coloring more than flavor.

A fun candy corn fact:

 More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces—enough to circle the moon nearly 21 times if laid end-to end.

Some witch finger fun for treat bags~ you can find conjuring directions here.

Happy National Candy Corn Day!

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  20 comments for “A Surplus of Candy Corn

  1. October 30, 2011 at 7:04 am

    I thought I was the only one who didn’t like candy corn! I did find some brown & white & orange kind that had a maple like flavor…those were better, but I’d still rather spend my calories on a good piece of chocolate!

    I may get around to making your Chex mix treat for the grandkidlets though. It will help to get it out of the house quickly!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Hugs,
    Rett

  2. October 30, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Can you believe that — gasp! — I have never ever eaten candy corn?! It’s not sold in Germany, so I never had the chance. However, I like its looks — great photos! :)

  3. Clare
    October 30, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Only Mary could make a Candy Corn Martini! What time does trick or treating start at your house?

    Cheers to all and Happy Halloween!

  4. October 30, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I love candy corn, but as I age (gasp) … I note that I am finding it too sweet. I’m going to print out the recipe with the Chex mix and make your changes. I know I’d like that and I’m going to have to try candy corn martini!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, My! Happy Halloween!

  5. October 30, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Any drink recipe with Grandma in it has my vote! Your mosaic is so colorful and beautiful. Magazine worthy, in my opinion!

  6. October 30, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Oh I love candy corn! It was such fun to read about it. But interestlngly enough I do not like the pumpkins sold in the autumn mix. It is too much. :)

  7. Marilyn
    October 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

    You have given us so much fun this Halloween with your great posts. Thank you so much for all the great ideas. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  8. Linda
    October 30, 2011 at 9:17 am

    That you even tried to do anything with candy corn is impressive. A martini….well, I’d have to think about that! Hopefully, it was not a waste of good vodka!

  9. October 30, 2011 at 10:26 am

    You are not alone! I have never been a fan of candy corn, which is odd because I love most sweets! I think your chex mix looks very tasty. Thank you for the history of candy corn! Now, I can at least find it interesting, if not palatable! :)

  10. October 30, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Hi lovely lady.
    I love your Chex mix with candy corn looks yummy this is a great recipe.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my new tablescape for my Halloween dinner party.
    I hope you have a great weekend with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  11. October 30, 2011 at 11:17 am

    G A S P is right!!!! I cannot believe you don’t like candy corn!!! ;0) Tell you what…I’ll eat your share, ok? Your chex mix looks so yummy and I never would have thought to add candy corn, but what a great seasonal addition! Happy Halloween!

  12. October 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I was 12 years old the first time I was given candy corn in a little bag as a Trick or Treat ‘treat’….we didn’t celebrate Halloween in Cuba (although we did observe All Saints Day on Nov. 1) when I was growing up and there was no candy corn to be had there….I liked it, but my pet hamster PeeWee loved it best!
    Another great Halloween post, Mary… Not sure if I would like the candy corn martini since I don’t care for vodka, but it does look perfect for the occasion!

  13. October 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I have never liked the “mouth feel” of candy corn but my kids liked it. Now that they are grown I don’t buy it any more. I had to laugh at the way you liquified it in vodka…it reminded me of the wicked witch on The wizard of Oz…lol!! Happy Halloween.
    ♥, Susan

  14. Jackie
    October 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I don’t care of it’s covered in chocolate and decorated with edible gold fleck……blueeeck! I hate candy corn! However, your post was fabulous and creative as always.

  15. October 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    What a yummy sounding recipe, sweet too! I have not had candy corn since I was a kid. Happy Halloween and I hope your week ahead is great.

  16. October 31, 2011 at 12:35 am

    I do believe I’d like to come trick or treating at your house!!! Great Stuff Indeed!!!

  17. October 31, 2011 at 3:20 am

    I’ve never tasted candy corn…and I have to admit I’ve never really looked for it on our shelves here in Australia. Not sure they’re even available. I love your creative scary witches fingers! I’d try one of those shocking orange candy corn martini’s…knocking at your door would be fun. Happy Halloween…x

  18. October 31, 2011 at 11:04 am

    i loooove candy corn! it’s my favorite thing to eat this season. what a great idea with the chex mix.

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