Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Take a Break: Candy Corn isn’t just for eating

The famous yellow, orange and white layer candy corn is a harbinger of Halloween and autumn. My preference is for the “Indian corn” because it has a tootsie roll type base and it’s marginally less sweet than the original. Candy corn appears to have been started in 1880 by the Goelitz Confectionary Company in Philadelphia, which today is called Jelly Belly Candy Co. The ingredients remain the same -sugar, fondant, corn syrup, vanilla flavor and marshmallow crème.

This year, instead of eating these candies, craft them into fun Halloween items.

• Stick a bunch of candy corns in a bowl or clear vase and insert a pillar candle

• String candy corn like you would popcorn for a Christmas Tree. Use monofilament (fishing line), attach a needle and start stringing. Put it through the solid points, basically avoiding where colors meet as these are more likely to break. Another option is to just glue the candy corn to ribbon.

Wreath, tree and centerpiece from Sweet &Crunchy. The wreath and tree use a Styrofoam wreath, which you can pick up at any Dollar Store.

 Candy Corn Star Burst/Topiary: This is the same idea as the wreath. Use a ball of Styrofoam, paint it yellow, orange or black and glue the candy corn. Insert a wooden dowel, tie some seasonal ribbon around it and place in a container-small flower pot with straw would be great.  

Candy Corn on the Cob: These directions push candy corn into cookie dough and it does result in an ear of corn. Wonder if it would work with a marshmallow. 

Candy Corn Halloween Crafts (making items that look like candy corn) 

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