20 Bonkers Candy Corn Recipes


There's no middle ground for candy corn. You are either like me and think that candy corn is one step up from Necco Wafers in the realm of disgusting, or, you are like my friend Brigida whose love for candy corn is only surpassed by her love for stale candy corn. ("You have to let candy corn age for a few months like a fine cheese," she insists.)

Candy corn is insidious. Like fruitcake, candy corn is always "accidentally" left behind at parties. So whether you love it or hate it, chances are there's a bag of aging, tri-colored fondant languishing in your pantry. Here are 20 candy corn recipes to use up this classic Halloween leftover.

1. Candy Corn on the Cob

This is definitely the most work intensive recipe I found, but also the cutest. Use egg-free cookie dough to make this no-bake treat.

2. Candy Corn Turkeys

Why stop with the corn on the cob side dish desserts when you can make Thanksgiving themed turkey cupcakes, brownies, or cookies?

3. Functional Dessert

Get your Martha on with these edible, turkey-shaped place card holders made from Oreos, peanut butter cups, candy corn, and frosting.

4. DIY Payday Candy Bar Mix

Mix equal parts candy corn with salted peanuts and some optional M&Ms. For best results, seal in an airtight container for 24 hours before serving.

5. DIY Butterfinger Bars

Why make homemade Butterfinger bars when you can make artisanal Butterfinger bars for your kid's next bake sale? It's called marketing…

6. What's the Opposite of Nutella?

For an easy, last minute holiday gift use this recipe that combines candy corn with creamy peanut butter. Store finished butter in a mason jar.

7. White Chocolate Candy Corn Buckeyes

Okay, I'm just going to say it: Any recipe that combines white chocolate with candy corn is the work of Satan. That said, there are heretics lining up to eat these no-bake buckeye cookies.

8. Pretzel Fudge

More of the Devil's work. Try this white chocolate candy corn pretzel fudge.

9. Soft Cookies

The Devil's hobby job: Candy corn and white chocolate softbatch cookies.

10. Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

The perfect dessert for the indecisive. Candy? Cookie? Cake? How about all three?

11. No-Bake Sweet and Salty Mystery Ingredient Cookies

Actually, the secret ingredient in these bar cookies isn't the candy corn. It's the Frito corn chips.

12. Scarecrow Bars

This is a graveyard cookie recipe. It's a good way to use up sugary pantry leftovers from Thanksgiving to make room for the sugary pantry dry goods you will be buying for holiday baking.

13. Fake Cake Decorating Skills

This Thanksgiving-themed cake starts with boxed cake mix and ends with Kit Kat Bars and candy corn. Or, decorate a frosted cake with candy corn sun flowers.

14. When Spumoni Just Isn't Weird Enough

Yes. Candy corn ice cream.

15. Make the State Fair Happen in Your Kitchen

Leave it to the state fair to inspire a candy corn heart attack-inducing dessert. Fried pickles and fried ice cream are so last century. Flirt with a coronary by eating deep-fried candy corn.

16. Ultimate Trademark Mix

My family refers to this holiday snack as "puppy chow," but apparently it's based on a classic Betty Crocker recipe known charmingly as Chex® Muddy Buddies®. Add some Brach's® candy corn to puppy chow for extra trademark legalese. Delicious™.

17. Monster Mash Popcorn Mix

The candy googly eyes make this popcorn recipe.

18. Candy Corned-Apples

This microwave recipe combines caramels with candy corn. Melt the candies together with a little evaporated milk. Spoon the resulting goo over Granny Smith apples. This caramel also works well as an ice cream sundae topping.

19. Homemade Candy Corn

Overachievers can make the above recipes with homemade candy corn. Why make it easy when you can make candy corn from scratch? For the record, Alton Brown is one of those people who prefer stale candy corn, so let your homemade candy dry out for a few days before eating.

20. Vegan Candy Corn

This recipe is animal-friendly and adorable.

Candy corn fanatics, please share your favorite candy corn recipes in the comments section. Here's your chance to convert some haters to the dark side…

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