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How to Make Vegan Candy Corn

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 24 hr 30 min
  • Servings 8

Upgrade those packets of store bought candy corn with this 100% vegan version! Made with brown rice syrup and a kiss of vanilla, it’s easier than you think to make this classic candy at home. ...MORE+ LESS-

Cheeky Kitchen Cheeky Kitchen
September 20, 2016


cup brown rice syrup
teaspoon vanilla
tablespoon coconut oil, softened
cup powdered sugar
cup tapioca flour (plus 2 tablespoons for kneading)
Betty Crocker™ gel food color, yellow and red


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  • 1
    Line a large workspace and a large baking dish with parchment paper.
  • 2
    In a bowl, mix together brown rice syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, powdered sugar and tapioca flour until a thick dough forms. Separate into 3 evenly sized balls.
  • 3
    Tint one dough ball orange (by using red and yellow food coloring). Tint another ball yellow. Knead about 1/2 teaspoon of food coloring into dough until evenly colored. If needed, add just enough additional tapioca to mixture to keep dough from becoming overly sticky. It should be the texture of Play-Doh™. Leave the last dough ball uncolored.
  • 4
    Sprinkle a little tapioca flour on the parchment paper. Roll about 1 tablespoon of each color of dough into long, thin ropes. Place the ropes next to each other and gently press down until about 1/2 inch thick. Slice the rope into triangle-shaped wedges. Gently remove each candy corn piece and shape as desired. Place on prepared baking sheet. Allow candy corn to air dry for 24 hours to harden. Serve and enjoy!

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  • Made with brown rice syrup and a kiss of vanilla, it’s easier than you think to make this classic candy at home.

    Want to have your candy corn and eat it, too? I totally get wanting to eat like a kid again, even when you’re making super grown-up decisions—like cleaning up your existence and eating right.

    Which is why I thought it was a pity that some are living without the candy corn. So, I found inspiration at Free People, hit the kitch and whipped up a splendid no-bake vegan candy corn that’ll have you weeping orange-and-yellow wedges of candy corn tears.

    And if you think that that was weird, just wait until you see how oddly easy it is to make up a batch! It’s easier than driving to the grocery store. It’s easier than hunting down the candy corn aisle. It’s even easier than saying “candy corn”.

    Okay, maybe stretching it there on the last one. But, check it. DIY Vegan Candy Corn. It’s easy. Here’s how.

    Grab a few vegan basics: brown rice syrup, tapioca flour, coconut flour, vegan powdered sugar and vanilla. That’s it, candy lovers. THAT. IS. IT.

    Okay, and well…food coloring. Because white candy corn is sooo zombie apocalypse.

    Now just when you’re standing over the counter, staring at this odd mix of ingredients and thinking “I can’t do it! I can’t possibly figure this out!”, you basically just stir everything into a big bowl, as if you’re making a doughy batch of frosting.

    Then separate your dough into three balls.

    And tint away! A little goes a long way here, so squeeze just a small amount of Betty Crocker™ gel coloring into the center of your dough balls. Knead as needed, then add more coloring (or tapioca flour) to keep the color poppin’ and the consistency non-sticky.

    At this point, you’re totally on a roll. Like, literally. Roll each color into long, thin strips. I found it easiest to work with about a tablespoon-sized piece of dough, making 4 to 5-inch strips that were about 1/4-inch thick.

    A gentle tap of your hand, or an even gentler roll of a tapioca-floured rolling pin and you’ll have this flat little ribbon of dough that’s ready to be candy corned.

    Slice up your ribbon of colorful dough by slicing it into little wedges. Leave a smidgen at the top of each triangle. (Don’t cut exactly perfect triangles, lest you lose some of the color of each tip.)

    At this point, the dough will still be pliable. Gently pull up your candy corns and mold them until they look like authentic pieces of harvesty goodness.

    Then place everything on a parchment-lined baking sheet. It’s time to let these babies dry overnight.

    After an evening of air-drying, feel free to flip your little candy corns to quickly and evenly harden each piece.

    Then candy corn your heart out. Whether you’re vegan, quasi-vegan or just looking to get your kitchen craft on, this is one recipe that makes plant-based candy totally yum!

    Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen, where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!
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