The only other person on earth that loves candy corn more than I do is my friend, Christie. Around this time of year it’s not out of the ordinary to get texts or emails along the lines of ”Since candy corn has a vegetable in its name, it’s totally healthy” or “All I’ve eaten today is an entire bag of candy corn” (followed, of course, by “oh yeah, and some wine.”)
She found this recipe for vegan candy corn and suggested that I tackle it. Candy making has always intimidated me. In addition to needing exact measurements, time and temperature are crucial. I don’t like the added pressure.
But, I took a look at the recipe and instructions and thought I could handle it. First, I had to mix the agave, sugar, earth balance and vanilla and bring it to a boil for 5 minutes.
So far, so good! Next, I was suppose to sift together the I powdered sugar, corn starch and salt in a separate bowl. I didn’t exactly sift (since I don’t own a sifter) and basically just mixed them together. This was my first mistake.
Powdered sugar needs to be sifted or you get lumps that stay that way once the mixture cools. You can only kind of see the lumps, but believe me, they were pretty much impossible to get rid of. If a candy recipe says sift, SIFT.
I let it sit until it was warm and easy to work with, then transferred it to wax paper and added the food coloring. As you can see, my “white” isn’t exactly white. At first I thought it was because I messed up with the powdered sugar, but it probably had more to do with the fact that I used dark instead of light agave.
The candy hardens pretty quickly, so it was a little tough to work and makes the strips.
The powdered sugar lumps certainly didn’t help either. At this point I was able to get rid of some of them, but not all.
Once they are lined up, I just took a knife and cut triangles along the strip. Some pieces will have an inverted color scheme, but they all taste the same!
They’re very sweet and overall pretty good for a first time candy maker if I do say so myself. They don’t taste exactly like Brach’s candy corn though, so don’t get your hopes up for that. I’m just glad I was able to pull off something that’s edible and at least kind of cute.