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Candy Corn on the COB!

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As I was digging into a fresh bag of candy corn, an idea suddenly jumped into my mind. Why do we have candy corn kernels and not a full cob of candy corn? Clearly this is an imbalance in the world that needed to be fixed. 

I did a quick google search to see if someone else has stumbled upon this cob-shaped void in the universe; I was surprised at how little I found.

There was a creator that attempted to accomplish the impossible by fusing the kernels with melted chocolate. His story can be found here: http://somethingaweek.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/82-candy-corn-on-the-cob/. He was successful and made a beautiful cob of  pure sugar. 

I also found another attempt on youtube where a guy used icing, but ended up with a frozen block of sugar. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZKeseqwaL8


I was looking for something easier, cheaper, and more fool proof. 

I experimented with fondant first, that was completely unsuccessful. Then I though of gluing it together with caramel (since I had a fresh bag of that around too). Too messy and too hard. 

Then, another light bulb went off.....cookie dough! Sugar cookie dough works perfectly (don't attempt with chocolate chip dough, the chips just get in the way and jeopardize structural integrity). It only took about 4 minutes to assemble and looked authentic. 


Update: For those afraid of the raw eggs in cookie dough, I recommend making egg-free cookie dough instead.Here is a handy recipie I found online: http://www.food.com/recipe/egg-free-no-bake-cookie-dough-for-eating-391880

Second Update: I have received a lot of recommendations to substitute marzipan instead of the cookie dough...the choice is yours :)



Some helpful details:

I only used about 1/10 of the tube of cookie dough for the cob core(hooray for leftover cookies!). I rolled it thinner in my hands to get the half-sized cob.  

I pushed the candy corns into the cookie dough only as deep as the white part., if you push them in too deep then they start to collide in the cookie dough and cause it to loose its shape. I layered the kernels by alternating the spacing each row (length-wise). As you can see in the picture, I set the rows with the kernels flat against each other, not the longer way.

Also, I only used about half a bag of candy corn ( a lot of them were broken). So you could easily make two small cobs from one bag or one impressive full-sized cob! 

Its pretty stable on its own, but a quick set in the fridge really helps hold it together. It also helps to have the cookie dough chilled before pushing in the candy corns.  



Now I have fixed the sugar-cob-shaped hole in my life and have a brick of sugar to eat. Although the earthy-vanilla of the sugar cookie balances out the unadulterated sweetness of the candy corn, I do not recommend eating it all at once (unless you don't want to move for a while).

I could see this being a fun center piece or a part of a candy table where guests may pick off candy corns as they like.

It was a fun experiment, and its so cheap and easy I would love to see what people can do with it. Get out there and help fill the candy-corn cob shaped holes in the universe! 



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I see there is already a comment on the raw flour... exactly what I was thinking.

I would not recommend raw dough of any kind. Especially not in this day and age where everything is being mass produced and processed. The fondant idea should work, if your fondant is the right consistency. You can easily adjust it to make it softer or harder by adding a bit of water or powdered sugar. And you need to have a way of supporting the structure until it dries. A little Royal icing might be helpful to give it strength. Another good option might be gum paste. I was going to suggest gelatin icing, but it would be too hard.

No matter how you make it, it's an awesome idea. I love the idea of using it as an edible centrepiece, or making a large cob and slicing it into individual servings or letting your guests just pick pieces off.

You could cook the cookie dough, and use it as the base.

You could, as long as it's a soft dough that you can press the candy corn into after its cooled. Unfortunately, I did not get to try making candy corn on the cob this year. Just not enough time for everything I want to do. And not enough room in my stomach (or on my hips).

storyweaver1 month ago

What about using rice krispy treats as a core. Do you think that might work?

Sounds like a great idea to me. One I might actually try. Right now. :-)

CrazyClever (author)  storyweaver1 month ago

Sounds like it would be a delicious flavor combination. I'm not sure how it will hold up structurally. I would think you would have to construct it while its still a bit warm and then chill it in the freezer. Only one way to find out! I would love to hear your results if you try it.

SaraG11 month ago

The raw flour is what you have to look out for in the cookie dough! That is what might get you sick because it can carry bacteria like salmonella if it is uncooked. It is more likely the culprit of food borne illness than eggs are. People should stick to marzipan, or maybe fondant would work. Just get the fondant wet and it will get really sticky.

fudge

I was thinking about sticking them into a Bannana.

CrazyClever (author)  janet.oesterling.71 month ago

I'm not sure if a banana will be able to withstand being perforated with so many candycorns but I would love to see what happens if you try it.

This one was amazing and surprisingly easy to make!
Thanks!
scannon81 month ago
Wonderful, looks very tasty :-) now I am hungry lol
Cyberdalek1 month ago

Epic!!!!

destroid7511 months ago
once my aunt cracked an egg on the pan and a chick came out and burnt it's claws
ever since then i don't eat eggs
and the winner of the random comment of 2014 goes to...
Awesome!!! I am so going to use this.
theegghead10 months ago

AWESOME!!!! I looked at it and wondered if the cookie dough could be replaced with a large marshmallow. Or would that be too spongy?

It (the candy corn) probably wouldn't stay in, so yes, it would probably be to spongey.
That's like the best idea ever
paint3211 year ago
Someone has put this on 9gag.com long time ago
Люблю рыбалку, особенно рыбалку в Ростовской области
Wow! What a treat! Outstanding 'able. You can stop, drop and cover, but there is NO PUTTING OUT AWESOME!
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
CrazyClever (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thank you so much! I'm pretty excited since this is the furthest I have ever gotten in a contest!
kewrw282 years ago
Now that looks cool. Good job!!
lamarn2 years ago
This is awesome and so creative. You made my day. I can't wait to surprise friends with this.
sconner12 years ago
I wouldn't worry too much about eggs.
If they are fresh and not cracked they should be bacteria free inside.
If not that would be an infection that would kill the chick.
The only difference is that eggs we eat aren't fertilized and have no chick inside.
Most of the time, LOL.
rickster4542 years ago
looks yummy, Thanks for sharing-!
Oh man, that thing is adorable.

Although I personally dislike candy corn this thing is like the best thing ever
gosphero2 years ago
What a great treat idea for Halloween! It looks so authentic and I'm sure it tastes delicious.
Madrigorne2 years ago
I am going to make this with peanut butter cookie dough, and then try very hard to share it with my co-workers.
Maybe if I set the thing on the desk farthest away...
mamalove2 years ago
You are on Pee Wee Herman's website!
CrazyClever (author)  mamalove2 years ago
That's amazing! I didn't even know Pee Wee Herman had a website. Thanks for the heads up, that makes my day :)
CrazyClever (author)  mamalove2 years ago
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Was on pee wees facebook page. Direct link to you. Cheers. Nl
mamalove2 years ago
My daughter works at. instuctables.
slandry52 years ago
This is so amazing I decided to try it:

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/281459_170205399784943_1835081697_n.jpg

Again. It's AMAZING. Made the cob without egg and used an edible sugar cookie dough recipe replacing vanila with almond extract giving the dough a Marzipan taste.

Yea. You guys won halloween.
CrazyClever (author)  slandry52 years ago
Great work! Thanks for posting a picture, I sure hope you showed it off and impressed all your friends and family :)
I sure did. The link came from my Facebook wall. My roomie Tom Farnan posted this link on my page. I'm always up for a cooking challenge.

Here is a tasty tip for whoever decides to taste the corn off the cob: Start at the end of the cop taking a little bit of the sugar dough with them!

It's a spastic sugar treat mouthful of spectacular! :-)
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