How to Make Candy Corn

Candy corn might not seem like the kind of Halloween treat you’d make at home, but it actually can be done! And, best of all, you can make it using a few ingredients you can find at any grocery store. You don’t even need a candy thermometer!


8 Oz. Miniature Marshmallows (Approx. 4 cups, not packed)

4 Cups Powdered Sugar

2 Tbsp. Water

Yellow and Orange Food Coloring

Dust a cutting board with powdered sugar. Put the marshmallows and water in a bowl and microwave for about one minute or until the marshmallows have expanded. With a rubber spatula, stir the marshmallows until the marshmallows are completely smooth and there are no distinctive marshmallows left. If some marshmallows are left intact, microwave for another 30 seconds and continue stirring. Add the powdered sugar and continue stirring until it can’t be stirred any more.

Place your marshmallow mixture on the cutting board. Don’t worry if the mixture still has some sugar that hasn’t been worked in yet. Cover your hands with powdered sugar and knead the mixture until it is smooth and not sticky. You can add sugar as you go to help with stickiness, but be careful not to use too much because too much sugar will make it hard to work with.

Divide the mixture into three equally sized balls. Take one of the balls, flatten it into a flat circle, and add 4-5 drops of yellow food coloring to the middle. Wrap the surrounding around the food coloring and knead it until the ball is evenly colored. Repeat the process with another ball using orange food coloring. If you can’t find orange food coloring, you can combine red and yellow food coloring to make orange.

Next you’ll roll each of the three balls out into long, thin strips about ⅓-¼ inch wide. Place each of the strips next to each other and press them together to create one long strip with three distinctive stripes of color. With a knife, cut them into triangle shapes, and you’re done! Store your candy corn in an airtight container where it won’t be exposed to moisture.


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