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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! 



bobbym5291 year ago
Very cool! Humorous write up too.
granthams1 year ago
What a neat idea, and just in time for halloween! Thanks for sharing.
cybercapri1 year ago
What a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing....
I've always wanted to do this!!! Looks fantastic!
barri_kid1 year ago
I dare you to eat it like it is normal corn!

I can already feel the sugar rush
jemismom1 year ago
Oh I was SO excited to make this for our Girl Scout Halloween party tomorrow. I made the egg free version, as I eat raw dough all the time, but wasn't sure about the other girls. I hate to say it, but they came out absolutely AWFUL! The dough was very soft, we probably should have refrigerated it first as we couldnt get the candy corns all the way around, so they ended up more like candy corn blobs than candy corn cobs.

For anyone trying the egg free version, definitely firm up the dough first!

We probably also made the "hull" to thin as the corns were banging into each other and it was hard to get a tight fit.

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CrazyClever (author)  jemismom1 year ago
I'm sorry this didn't work out for your girl scout party. It sounds like you learned some lessons though, I guess I just got lucky my first time. I hope you will try again with more success!
ijkdenem1 year ago
how long and how hot do i cook it? or do i cook it at all? i do not want a crappy looking lump when i am done.
CrazyClever (author)  ijkdenem1 year ago
It is intended to be raw, I think cooking the dough will only cause the candy corns to melt.
chikid681 year ago
here in the south we have a sweet treat called divinity that would make an awesome cob hmm ideas doth flow
yes! Divinity!
Me likey!!!
kuntrymama1 year ago
This looks like a nut log only with the candy corn!
Renee!1 year ago
Wow! What a cool idea! It looks so festive, too ;)
Steinzel1 year ago
Great idea! a taffy log would make a great cob.
Lindie1 year ago
That's a cool idea!
PATALIM1 year ago
Speaking of ignorance, I have no idea of these candies existed... haven't tasted or seen this candies before (well, actually seen it in FV and planted it till mastery with a thought of what is this fancy crop FV is putting up? - I think it was also for Halloween), so maybe it means that other fancy FV crops are real. :)
As a certified Candy Junkie, I can only say "Well Done!". My pancreas Is "crying uncle!" just thinking about this!
drawnblud1 year ago
Actually, I thought you used a banana from the picture until I read it. Hmmm...wonder if that would work?
how about a large marshmallow slightly melted
dismissie1 year ago
This is great- terrific idea!
Pattymouth1 year ago
OMGosh! I just Pinned this! What an amazingly cool idea. And I've never known anybody - during my 55 years of eating junk - who has gotten more than a tummy ache from over-eating a bucket of raw cookie dough (most of them were putting on their Freshman 20) so I have NO problem with raw dough.

Can't wait!
Thanks!
I'm thinking of a rice crispy treat core with pilot holes so the candy corns go into it a little more easily.
glatta1 year ago
how about a core of vanilla fudge?
What a revelation. I also had a revelation with candy corn. Mix 3 to 4 kernnels with a small handful of salted blanched peanuts and eat all at once! It tastes like you are eating a Payday candybar!!
wolfsmane1 year ago
VERY. SIMPLY. PERFECT. !!
I love this. I wonder if a twinkie would work for the cob? I'll have to try and find out. Also, 5 stars for any instructable that has "chocolate chips" and "structural integriety" in the same sentence. :)
CrazyClever (author)  domestic_engineer1 year ago
I would love to hear how a twinkie would work! Update us and let us know if it works, and of course pictures are encouraged :)
Another thing you could do is melt a bag of candy corn in a stick-free sauce pan, let the mixture stand in the freezer a few minutes to cool down enough to handle it, and shape it into cobs, then press candy corn kernels into the cob material, making the entire treat out of candy corn and not getting a different texture or flavor at the core.
chelma11 year ago
banana in the center
johnvillar1 year ago
Problem Sleuth would be so proud...
Maybe try marzipan instead of cookie dough for the cob? You can get it pretty much anywhere that specializes in baking supplies.
Marzipan! That was my first thought when I saw this!
kumiko1 year ago
It has never crossed my mind before that candy corn is modelled from real corn kernels. This is a mindblowing epiphany. Thanks.

This idea is cute! Have you thought of using glutinous rice flour (check out recipes for Japanese mochi). It's sticky and delicious after cooking.
amy631 year ago
This is a really cute idea. You could use a pecan log recipe, either the nougat one, or a carmel one. Or if you're feeling lazy, just buy one of the nougat logs and use that. I've seen the nougat logs at Stuckey's and other candy stores for people that like the nougat, and not the pecans. Or a divinity recipe.
What a great idea! Thanks for coming up with this!
BonnySaxon1 year ago
Thanks so much for this really creative idea. I can now go off my antidepressants knowing that the before unnamed void in my life has been filled.
beeswaxand1 year ago
This is the coolest thing I've ever seen, at least with candy corn and cookie dough, both of which are pretty cool on their own. I salute you.
branchym1 year ago
I too do not partake in the over sweetness of the candy corn but am compelled to make some myself for the girl scouts and youth group at church.
Why hasn't this been done before, looks good
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