There are few things more controversial about Halloween than candy corn. You either love or hate these strange tri-color triangles of sugar. For those who hate it, it must feel tragic not to be able to enjoy this Halloween classic whenever October 31 rolls around. Or maybe candy corn’s mere presence just serves to make the whole holiday that much spookier for you.
There are plenty of reasons not to like candy corn. Maybe it’s the slightly waxy texture. Maybe it’s the sickly-sweet flavor that, of course, tastes nothing like corn. Maybe you wish it actually did taste more like corn!
Well, candy corn haters, this is for you. We’ve put together ten candy corn recipes that let you enjoy the spirit of candy corn without actually having to go near the stuff. You’re welcome!
10 Candy Corn Inspired Recipes for Halloween Treats
Candy Corn Donuts
This candy corn inspired treat is the perfect way to start our list of candy corn recipes. Again, you’ll be happy to know that no actual candy corn is involved!
Instead, the recipe walks you through making your own donuts from scratch, and then you’ll make a confectioner’s sugar-based frosting in three colors: yellow, orange, and white. Paint the frosting in stripes onto the donuts to mimic the layered look of candy corn, and voila!
Candy Corn Fudge
We love the way this candy corn fudge takes the idea of candy corn and makes something entirely new! This super easy fudge recipe leaves you with triangles of yellow, orange, and white layered fudge flavored with real honey.
Learn how to make it at Mom on Time Out.
Candy Corn Pudding Pops
Southern Californians, this cold dessert recipe is perfect for those unseasonably warm fall nights. These adorable candy corn pudding pops sport the classic white, yellow, and orange layering, all in a deliciously remixed package.
Get the full recipe at the No. 2 Pencil blog.
Candy Corn Jell-O
Where there’s a layered treat to be made, you can be sure to find Jell-O involved. The best thing about these layered candy corn Jell-O “shots” topped with whipped cream is that they’re super easy to spike with booze for a more grownup Halloween event.
Learn how to make candy corn Jell-O here.
Chocolate-Dipped Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats
We haven’t forgotten you, chocolate lovers!
These chocolate-dipped Rice Krispie treats definitely put a fresh twist on candy corn inspired snacks. With a layer of chocolate on the bottom, white frosting at the tip of the triangle, and a base of orange Rice Krispies, you get the shape and idea of candy corn with a totally new flavor and texture.
Get the recipe from Pint-Sized Treasures.
Candy Corn Cake Pops
There’s a cake pop for everything, right? If you want a change from your classic jack-o-lantern and skeleton cake pops this Halloween, try this recipe for candy corn cake pops.
Yes, it DOES suggest topping each pop with a real piece of candy corn, but we won’t judge if you want to pick that off before chowing down…
Candy Corn Layer Cake
We’ve moved fully into the realm of baked goods with this utterly gorgeous candy corn layer cake. In other words, we’re about as far away as you can get from the signature texture of candy corn. Yay!
You’ll get to break out your artistic skills, too, to achieve the layered look of the yellow, orange, and white cake and rings of frosting.
Get the full recipe from I Wash You Dry blog.
Candy Corn Marshmallows
Did you know you can make your own marshmallows from scratch? These candy corn marshmallows from the Sheri Silver blog prove just how easy and fun it can be, especially with a little Halloween flair. The yellow, orange, and white layering make these simple treats enjoyable all on their own.
Get the full recipe for candy corn marshmallows here.
Candy Corn Parfait
Similar to the candy corn Jell-O above, this candy corn parfait is another delectable layered treat, this time combining Jell-O and whipped cream with a layer of pudding. And like the Jell-O shots, you can spike this treat for a grown-up twist.
Learn how to make a candy corn parfait at The Typical Mom blog.
Candy Corn Meringue Swirls
Here’s another treat for those readers who want to enjoy the spirit of candy corn in a completely different form. These candy corn meringue swirls from The Simple Sweet Life blog offer just that. With the yellow, orange, and white swirl, they’re so pretty to look at, you might not even want to eat them!
Get the full recipe here. That wasn’t so bad, was it? We hope these candy corn recipes have you inspired to grab some orange and yellow food coloring, a baking pan or two, and get to work putting a modern twist on a Halloween classic. Or you can always make an order of Candy Club’s Candy Corn Gummi Drops and call it a day!