Candy corn has been around for a long time (since the 1880s, in fact), but if Pinterest is any indication, its popularity has been surging in recent times. Or if that’s not convincing enough, according to the National Confectioners Association, 25 million pounds of candy corn are sold each year*. The candies are a very sweet treat in themselves, but there are also plenty of ways to incorporate them into fun food items and even your décor.
This guide includes 20 of those ways. Each project is relatively easy to create. You can bake some items from scratch or use premade items to whip things up quickly.
Idea# 1: Candy Corn Flower Cupcakes
These delightful cupcakes give a little feeling of Spring in the dreary days of Autumn. Simply ice a cupcake with your favorite frosting. Use chocolate icing for a contrast or try orange to keep with the candy corn color theme.
Arrange the candy corns on the frosting in a flower pattern. You can use a dot of frosting in the middle to finish your flowers or just let the frosting from the cupcake show through, like shown below. You could even do a whole cake with multiple flower patterns for an eye-catching design.
Idea #2: Candy Corn Chocolate Pretzel Bites
A twist on the super easy-to-make M&M Chocolate Pretzel Bites, these are perfect for a Halloween or Thanksgiving party.
Simply grab some mini pretzels (the twist kind) and put them onto a non-stick cookie sheet. Place a Hershey’s kiss in the middle of each pretzel. Put them in 175 F oven for about 2-4 minutes, or until the chocolate has softened, but not fully melted. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and top with a candy corn and press down. Allow to cool and serve.
Idea #3: Monster Popcorn Candy Mix
This is a super cute and creepy idea from In Katrina’s Kitchen. All you need is some popped corn, colored chocolate for drizzling, candy corn and candy eyes.
The original recipe includes Reese’s Puffs cereal, but they’re probably optional. You might also find it easier to first spread the popcorn on the cookie sheet, drizzle the chocolate and then place the candies where you want them. If you mix the candy into the popcorn first, the candies sink to the bottom and you’ll also end up covering the candies in chocolate, making them harder to see.
Idea #4: Candy Corn Snack Mix
There are a number of recipes out there to create your own salty snack mixes from scratch, but we’re using a little rice cracker mix and a nut mix here. Mix in the some candy corn and you’ve got a sweet and salty treat you guests are going to love.
Idea #5: Candy Corn Candle Holders
Show your love of candy corn with some colorful and easy-to-make décor. Simply take a small glass candle holder or container, fill it with candy corn and top it with a tea light. It’s a perfect, yet simply centerpiece to a Fall dinner table.
Idea #6: Candy Corn Cake Decorating
Candy corns can be used in a variety of ways to decorate a cake. You can add multiple flowers like we put on our cupcakes earlier in this guide or just use candy corn as small accents in your decorating. Or why not go all in with this attractive design?
You can make an even more attractive design on a circular cake. Just work your way from the outside of the cake to the inside.
Idea #7: Candy Corn Popcorn Balls
Here’s a cute recipe from About.com. You could do this with popcorn, as shown below, or make a Rice Krispies treat instead. All you need is some butter, mini marshmallows, vanilla and salt. And of course, some candy corns too. You can even put this together quickly in the microwave.
Just mix the popped corn and candy corns together in a bowl. Prepare the marshmallow mix according to instructions and mix thoroughly. Then, with greased hands, form into balls and let cool.
Idea #8: For the Adults – Candy Corn Vodka
If you can’t get enough candy corn flavor, you can now add it to your vodka and cocktails. To make candy corn vodka, simply add equal parts vodka and candy corns in a mason jar. Close the jar, shake and let sit for 3 hours before straining.
Use it in your favorite vodka cocktail. It tastes great with pineapple juice!
Idea #9: Candy Corn Wreath
Here’s another beautiful Fall or Halloween decoration, if you can bear to sacrifice this candy because once you make the wreath, you can’t eat it.
Use a glue gun to place the candy corns in a circular pattern around a plain foam wreath. Repeat until any visible spots on the wreath are gone. Hang and enjoy.
Idea #10: Candy Corn Bark
This is a simple chocolate treat to put together quickly. All you need is 3 cups of chocolate chips, ½ cup Rice Krispies and 1 cup of candy corn. Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Add the Rice Krispies and ½ cup of candy corn to the chocolate and stir. Spread on a non-stick cookie sheet and then top with the remaining candy corn. Let cool completely and break up into chunks to serve.
You can also get fancy and do a white chocolate swirl, as shown in this recipe and in the photo below.
Idea #11: Creepy Candy Corn Popcorn Hands
This is a creepy little party treat or decoration and all it requires is a plastic glove, candy corn, some popped corn and a string or elastic. Start by placing one candy corn to each glove tip and then fill the glove with popcorn. Tie off the end of the glove, so the popcorn doesn’t spill out.
Idea #12: Candy Corn Covered Pumpkin
Here’s a cute little pumpkin idea. It’s a bit more labor-intensive than carving a pumpkin, but has much more colorful results. Just use a glue gun to attach the pieces and leave the pumpkin blank to make the face shape, if you’d like. This piece can last several years because even though the candy corn may not be suitable to eat, it will still look good to display.
Idea #13: Candy Corn Pizza
This is based on a Pillsbury favorite recipe, but you can top the pizza however you’d like. Make a large chewy chocolate chip cookie your crust. Spread peanut butter on top of the cookie and top with chocolate chips, candy corn and drizzle with frosting. Cut like a pizza and enjoy.
Idea #14: Handprint Candy Corn Turkey Art
Need to distract the kids while you prepare Thanksgiving dinner? Here’s a fun craft. It’s like a traditional handprint turkey art, but glue on candy corns to make the colorful feathers.
It’s a fun idea from Frogs and Snail and Puppy Dog Tail that little kids will love to make.
Idea #15: Easy Candy Corn Turkey Cookies Kids Can Make
This is always a fun project for kids and adults alike. Make sure you have:
- Double-Stuf Oreos
- White frosting
- Pretzel sticks
- Candy eyes
- Candy corns
Just follow the picture below to make your awesome creation. Break a pretzel stick in half and carefully push the sticks inside the cookie to form the legs. Do the same with 5 candy corns up top to form the feathers. Use 3 small dollops of icing on the top of the cookie and add the candy eyes and a candy corn for a nose.
If you don’t have candy eyes, do a dollop of white frosting with a black icing dot in the middle.
Idea #16: Monster Cupcake
Here’s a super cute monster cupcake adapted from Parents.com. All you need is:
- Chocolate cupcakes
- Chocolate frosting
- Candy corns
- Candy eyes
Frost the cupcakes and insert candy corns in a pattern to make it look like the cupcake has spikes. Add the eyes and you’ve got yourself a cute and creepy treat.
#17: More Candy Corn Turkey Cookies
Not to be outdone, here’s just one more candy corn turkey treat to make a gobbly good Thanksgiving. All you do is take a chocolate chip cookie and frost with chocolate or vanilla frosting along the top. Top this frosting with candy corns to form the feathers. Use frosting or candy eyes for the eyes and another candy corn to make the beak.
Who knew candy corn could be so versatile, hey? Try any or all these fun projects or use them for inspiration to create your own.