With Halloween becoming one of the most popular festivities globally, candy corn is one of the ways of upping your sweet treats game. If you enjoy candy with a soft and creamy texture that envelops you in a buttery, vanilla, caramel cloud, then this sweet treat is sure to become your new favourite chewy indulgence.
The ultimate spooky treat for Halloween
These deliciously yummy sweets were created to represent the corn that is available in abundance during Halloween. This variety of candy was developed in the 1880s by the Wunderlee Food company and has remained a firm favourite among those with a sweet tooth. As US culture gains popularity across the globe, this type of candy has become increasingly common. Although candy corn can be enjoyed on its own, the true beauty of these little pyramid-shaped morsels is the versatility that they offer. You could set them out in a bowl and invite your friends and loved ones to try them out. Alternatively, you could use them to add an interesting spin to the dishes you serve to your family.
How these candies are made
Candy corn is made from a combination of sugar, gelatin, dextrose, salt, corn syrup, confectioner’s glaze, and colourants. All of the ingredients apart from the food colouring are melted together to form a thick gummy mixture. This mixture is then split into three. The first batch is left in its original white state while another is dyed bright orange and the final batch gets a pale, creamy orange shade. After it has gone through the colouring process, the mixture is placed into moulds that have been dusted with cornstarch. The mixture is piped into the moulds in a gradient with white at the bottom, cream orange in the middle and bright orange at the top. The candies are then removed from the moulds before being packaged.
A little sugar and spice to make things nice
When you eat candy corn you may find that they are slightly on the sweet side. However, there are several things that you can do to tame the intense flavour. If you plan to use this variety of candy in your baking, then it may be a good idea to add a generous amount of salt to your recipe. If you’re thinking of enjoying this treat as it is, then salty popcorn is the perfect accompaniment. Or use your candy corn as a garnish for your favourite holiday-themed cocktails. Stick one on the rim of a pumpkin spiced martini or add a few to the bottom of your glass when you’re making peppermint patties.
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