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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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CrazyClever (author)  hepppp2 years ago
I'm glad you approve of my version. I like to give credit where it is due since I learned a lot from your attempt. Since I stumbled to your site I followed your entire webpage, and I was very impressed by your work. Keep it up! :)
GaryB1012 years ago
This looks like a fun idea & something I'd love to try with the kiddos. What method did you use to attach the corns to the cob?
CrazyClever (author)  GaryB1012 years ago
I just stuck them into the dough a single row at a time going down the long way of the cob. For the next row I would Alternate them so they fit a bit closer. Good luck!
kevinvw2 years ago
Final step... dip in chocolate...
CrazyClever (author)  kevinvw2 years ago
is that after you deep-fry it then?
linny2 years ago
Thank you for coming up with a cob-concept, HOW FUN! But it might just be better with marcipan as a cob!! Think about it /are you acquainted with marcipan /marzipan, sold at scandinavian (German) ethnic stores? It's not so sweet as sugary candy and it'as good for you! Anyway, I'm going to try this myself... with a cob fashioned out of marcipan (it's just crushed almonds made into an almond paste. If you get a taste for it, you'll never tire of it.
icreme linny2 years ago
Odense is a company that distributes both Marzipan and Almond Paste in tubes in most major US grocery stores. http://www.odense.com/ Very easy to get.

linny icreme2 years ago
Right! There are other brands of course, but commercial recipes for almond paste seem to be pretty similar-- that is they need to be lightly sweetened. So we always knead a little powdered sugar into marzipan before we make cookies / fruit shaped candies.
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CrazyClever (author)  linny2 years ago
I encourage people to try marzipan, people seem to agree it would be a good substitute. Unfortunately I am allergic to almonds so I can't eat it :(
catwoman1012 years ago
Awesome idea!! LOVE IT!! (but wouldn't want to be around the kids after they eat THIS! LOL)
You could cut it into slices after they've admired it as a centerpiece. Then dole out two slices per kid on a plate and wrap up the rest in alu-foil and whisk her outta sight, I'm sure it'll keep in the fridge for a couple weeks. .
Lindseyval2 years ago
SOOOO STINKING CUTE!!!!!! LOVE IT!!
ghollander2 years ago
Very clever design; I may try this tonight.

I have no issue eating raw dough; however, the manufactured stuff you buy in tubes is an exceptionally efficient delivery device for food-borne pathogens unless you bake it.

In an era when people are getting salmonella and e. coli from nationally distributed brand-name lettuce, which manufacturers only process when attempting to clean or bag it, eating a manufactured product raw is playing e. coli roulette.

If you're going to eat raw dough you really should consider making it fresh yourself. It takes hardly 10 minutes to produce it fresh with an electric mixer.
Actually, the problems with vegetables and e. coli usually stem from the fact that contaminated animal waste is used as fertilizer and irrigation on said crops. There's nothing inherently risky about raw vegetables. Buy organic!
I don't know that I said the problem was due to something inherently toxic in the nature of vegetables; I certainly intended to suggest that it was the manufactured quality of commercially available bagged salads that made them vectors for the spread of salmonella and e. coli. 

In any case, since you brought it up, choosing organic doesn't mean you're buying product that hasn't been treated with animal waste. If anything, you should clean organic produce more thoroughly since much of it comes from small-scale local producers who aren't required to dip and wash their produce the way Dole et al. are.

It's very romantic to buy produce speckled with bits of the soil in which it was grown. Just know that that "soil" in all likelihood contains at least a little cow dung or chicken flop (whether it is labelled organic or not).

Somebody remind me how a post about sticking candy into cookie dough inspired a conversation about organic produce...? ;^) 
bobbym5292 years ago
Very cool! Humorous write up too.
granthams2 years ago
What a neat idea, and just in time for halloween! Thanks for sharing.
cybercapri2 years ago
What a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing....
PhantomJACK2 years ago
I've always wanted to do this!!! Looks fantastic!
barri_kid2 years ago
I dare you to eat it like it is normal corn!

I can already feel the sugar rush
jemismom2 years 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)  jemismom2 years 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!
ijkdenem2 years 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)  ijkdenem2 years ago
It is intended to be raw, I think cooking the dough will only cause the candy corns to melt.
chikid682 years 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!!!
kuntrymama2 years ago
This looks like a nut log only with the candy corn!
Renee!2 years ago
Wow! What a cool idea! It looks so festive, too ;)
Steinzel2 years ago
Great idea! a taffy log would make a great cob.
Lindie2 years ago
That's a cool idea!
PATALIM2 years 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!
drawnblud2 years 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
dismissie2 years ago
This is great- terrific idea!
Pattymouth2 years 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.
glatta2 years 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!!
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