FOOD FUN: Candy Corn Fudge Recipe
October 30th is National Candy Corn Day. According to the National Confectioners Association, more than 20 million pounds of candy corn are sold during the Halloween season.
The iconic confection was created in the late 1880s by George Roniger of the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia. The first three-layer candy, it was laboriously made by hand.
Roniger failed to trademark his concept, enabling other companies to produce their own versions right on his tail. The Goelitz Confectionery Company (now the Jelly Belly Candy Co.), has been making candy corn since 1898.
Even with today’s machinery, it takes 4 to 5 days to create each piece of candy corn (here’s a video of candy corn being made).
Each kernel has 3.57 calories, and it’s all sugar (the ingredients are corn syrup, honey, sugar, and food coloring, coated with carnauba wax, which is is made from the leaves of a palm tree).
Trivia: In 2021, nine billion kernels of candy corn were produced in the U.S. That equates to 35 million pounds of candy corn!
The orange, yellow and white colors of the candy corn can actually be found in fresh corn kernels—though the colors are intensified by the candy makers.
Some companies create an “Indian corn” version, substituting brown for the yellow base color.
Why not “fudge the rules” by turning fudge into candy corn?
This recipe is vanilla fudge, made in three layers that are the color of candy corn.
And unlike candy corn itself, this recipe (courtesy of ThePamperedChef.com) is not all sugar: It’s made from chocolate and sweetened condensed milk.
Don’t like fudge? Try this candy corn cocktail, or simply mix candy corn into some popcorn (almonds optional).
RECIPE: “CANDY CORN” FUDGE
Ingredients For 72 Pieces
1. MICROWAVE chocolate and condensed milk in a 3-cup bowl, uncovered, on HIGH for 1-2 minutes. Stir every 30 seconds until melted.
2. LINE a loaf pan with waxed paper and pour in one-third of the fudge mixture, spreading evenly.
3. PLACE the pan in the freezer for 5 minutes to cool. If the fudge mixture in the prep bowl has begun to set, microwave for an additional 15 seconds.
4. DIVIDE the remaining fudge mixture into two bowls. Add yellow food coloring to one bowl and mix well. Add red food coloring to the other bowl and mix well.
5. REMOVE fudge from the freezer. Pour the orange fudge mixture over the first layer; return to the freezer for 5 minutes. Then pour the yellow fudge mixture over the first two layers and place in the freezer for about 45 minutes or until set.
6. REMOVE fudge from the pan. Cut into 4 lengthwise rows with a pizza cutter or other implement.
7. TURN rows on their sides and cut them into triangles.
8. STORE in an airtight container in the refrigerator.