Candy Corn Syrup

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Ah, the magical tastes of Halloween: pumpkins, spice, and candy corn!  This Instructable will show you how to make liquid candy corn to flavor beverages (candy corn soda, candy corn lattes, Halloween-themed mocktails and cocktails, etc.) or use on sweet treats (top ice cream, glaze cakes, drizzle on pancakes).

Step 1: Supplies

You need: 
candy corn
a small, sturdy sauce pan

Step 2: Preparation

Roughly chop your candy corn, measure it, and add it to your pan.
Next, you'll need to add water.  The amount of water you add depends on the thickness of syrup you desire.

For thin syrup, add an amount of water equal to the amount of candy corn. 

For a really thick syrup, add less than the amount of candy corn -- up to half as much water as you added candy corn.  For example, if you chopped one cup candy corn, use one half cup water for the thickest syrup possible.

Step 3: Cook and Serve

You can allow the candy to soak in the water a while, if you'd like.  It is helpful but not necessary.

Bring the candy and water to a boil on medium-high, stirring until the candy has melted.  If it begins to boil and the candy is not quite melted, reduce heat and simmer until it has.  Then bring the temperature back up.  Once it reaches a full boil, turn off the burner and take the pan off the heat and allow to cool.* 

That's it!   Use as you'd like and refrigerate leftovers.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Candy corn is 78% sugar, If you keep the sugar concentration above about 50% nothing can grow and it'll last almost forever on a shelf (like jam, though jam can separate so it's possible for the top to mold).
    So if you make it with 2parts candy corn to 1 part water it'll most likely be good on a shelf for years, otherwise refrigerate and set an expiry date, maybe a year.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Only if you put an expiration date on it. LOL
    I t wont go bad. It 's sugar.
    I found a 1/2 gal container of "pancake syrup" that got tucked away in the garage.
    It was 8 or 9 years old. It was in a "milk carton" type container. It thickened up some. Nothing a little heat didn't fix. But "expire" ... I wouldn't say so.

    What will the world do when someone decides that water needs an expiration date? LOL


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Isn't this just re-liuified corn syrup that has color and a bit of alternate sugars added?

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    No. Corn syrup is corn syrup flavored.
    Candy corn has a distinct flavor, thought subtle, which includes actual honey and the flavors of vanilla and/or marshmallow. It also has that tasty coating of carnuba wax that we all know and love. And, if you're lucky, it might have traces of milk or nuts if processed on the same equipment or in the same factory as other foodstuff (I use the term loosely here) made with those ingredients.
    It does depend on the variety and maker. There are many novelty flavors out there. Also, corn syrup does not contain gelatin as candy corn does, which makes it less sweet while maintaining the same viscosity. Hardly something that someone who'd make this syrup probably cares about but it is another difference.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is a good precursor to...
    "What to do with all that Halloween candy"

    Snickers syrup comes to mind :-)

    Butterfinger... KitKat...


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    It IS candy corn. Just diluted down enough to be syrup.

    Does candy corn really have a flavor? sugar, was, honey...

    Candy Corn. It's all about the presentation. It looks fun, it's sweet, it is fun!

    <) <) <) <) <) <) <).


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Wow.. I am really tempted to make candy corn pancakes now. o-O


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is awesome! How does it taste? Does it actually taste like candy corn or is it just like a sugary water taste?

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