Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
A kernel from her poem:
Candy corn, my sweet, you've gotten a bad rap.
People say you're too sugary,
Liable to make everyone fat.
But they don't know what I know,
oh candy o' mine.
They don't know how tasty you are,
how you make me shine.
You've gotta read it all. Great poem!
Monday, October 27, 2008
For a bit of sweet Halloween holiday fun, try this layered candy corn glycerin and white soap inspired by real candy corn.
Candy Corn is scented with candy corn fragrance a warm vanilla candy with top notes of butter with a hint of almond.
Now that I think about it, this could be a parent's dream! Think about it - you've got a kid with a potty mouth and he needs his mouth washed out with soap. He'll probably volunteer to do it for you!
Okay, maybe not.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Check out other photos on Flickr tagged "Candy Corn" and be inspired photographically and sweetly.
Friday, October 24, 2008
But look, if you're gonna go hatin' on an orange candy, hate on the circus peanut.
It's a marshmallow poser looking like a nut and tasting kinda like a banana. It's an ick stick that'll make you sick.
If you've ever needed to hate on an orange candy before, lay off the kernel hate and focus on the circus peanut.
Now back to munching some orange/yellow/white goodness...
photo source: Pete Seroogy
Or just share the site with someone.
If you do, I can't promise it, but I bet there will be a kernel of candy corn waiting for you under your pillow on National Candy Corn Day October 30th!
I know some would complain that it could be a germ factory with grubby hands in the bowl all the time grabbing the sweet candy corn goodness. Hopefully people provide tongs or toothpicks.
But it's no different than those nasty butter mints at a restaurant.
Here's a tip: take your Swiss Army Knife with you and put the toothpick to work with your candy corn portions!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I see candy corn but taste cookie.
I anticipate wax but get crumble.
But I have to admit this is kinda cool. I mean, what's not to like about a sugar cookie?
It looks easy enough. Just divide a batch of sugar cookie dough into thirds, color them, layer them, cool them, cut them, bake them.
The Recipe Girl has more details. Have you tried it?
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
When Bart gets to his 'new' home, he is loving all the stuff his rich counterpart has. But the one that caught my eye was that he was excited he had a candy corn volcano! It looked awesome as it spewed candy corn out of the top of the volcano and candy corn flowed down the slopes like lava.
As Home might say, "Mmmmmmmm, candy corn"
Did you catch that episode?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Vegan Candy Corn
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup corn syrup (preferably organic, avoid high fructose corn syrup!)
- 5 tablespoons Earth Balance (or other vegan margarine)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup powdered soy milk
- a pinch of sea salt
- Red & yellow food coloring
Reduce the heat to medium & boil the mixture for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 5 minutes, remove from heat.
Sift the powdered sugar, powdered soy milk, & salt into medium bowl.
Add the powdered sugar mixture to pan & stir to combine.
Let the mixture stand until slightly warm to touch, about 20 minutes.
Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces.
Consider putting on rubber gloves, so you don't stain your hands. Add several drops of yellow food coloring to one piece of dough & knead food coloring into the dough until smooth and color is even. Repeat using red & yellow food coloring (for orange) with the second piece & leave the last piece white, but knead it until smooth. This isn't an easy task & could take up to 15 minutes!
Roll each piece into ropes of equal length (don't roll too thin or the dough will break) and push the three ropes together to form a long rectangle.
Using sharp knife, cut the ropes into triangles. Some will be white tipped & some will be yellow tipped.
Shape the candy corn as desired!
Thanks again to The Urban Housewife for the recipe. I recommend going to her page for more details.
Monday, October 13, 2008
UPDATE: I found the video on YouTube
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Candy Corn Treat Bag Part One
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Candy Corn Treat Bag Part Two
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Thursday, October 9, 2008
I noticed on the book cover that they left a couple pieces of candy corn in the bowl and spilled 10 others. What a shame.
Here's two poems I read today online:
Use candy corn, and put them into a little plastic or real pumpkin and tie the poem to it.
I started to carve a pumpkin
With my carving knife and scoop.
But the pumpkin got so scared
He took a little poop.
It looked so cute and funny
Just like a candy treat.
So I'm sharing it with you now
Because you're so sweet.
Candy Corn Poem
Put candy corn in a mug or Halloween bag or box and attach this poem:
Halloween is almost here
goblins and ghosts, oh the fear!
Pumpkins, black cats and witches too,
Bobbing for apples and witches brew.
So jump for joy and sound the horn,
relax and have some candy corn!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I've also had a couple of belly aches but I don't think they are related.
Also, it's good to see I'm making an impact at least on Twitter!
- 16 Halloween OREO Cookies (coarsely chopped)
- 1-1/2 cups Mini Pretzel Twists (coarsely broken)
- 1/3 cup Raisins
- 2 (6-ounce) pkgs White Baking Chocolate
- 1/2 cup Candy Corn
- 1/4 cup Brown and Orange Candy Sprinkles
Place chocolate in small heavy saucepan. Cook on low heat until completely melted, stirring constantly. Drizzle over cookie mixture.
Spread with spatula to evenly coat all ingredients. Top with candy corn and sprinkles. Lightly press into chocolate mixture to secure.
Cool until firm, then break into pieces. Store in airtight container at room temperature.
Makes 20 servings, about 1/3 cup each.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
It's generally reported (including the National Confectioners Association) that it was Wunderlee employee George Renninger who invented candy corn. However, I've read other entries that cite others or that it is unknown. Even if we don't know exactly who the first person was, we certainly know it came from Philadelphia's Wunderlee Candy Company.
Wunderlee was a small company and there isn't much about what happened to them, but we do know that it wasn't Wunderlee who took candy corn to the mass markets. It took a German immigrant, Gustav Goelitz of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1898 to start the Goelitz Candy Company and mass produce candy corn.
It's my belief that there were three major factors why candy corn took off in popularity:
- Candy corn was sweet
- Candy corn was scarce - mass-produced candy was in short supply at the time and was only produced 8 months in a year
- Candy corn looked appealing - farmers liked that the candy looked like a kernel of corn (the yellow end is the 'top') and the general public considered it revolutionary because of it's tri-colored design
Although there are several brands that make today's candy corn, the leader is Brach's.
In 1904, German immigrant Emil J. Brach opened Brach's Palace of Sweets in Chicago. In 1948 Brach's decided to begin selling candy corn during Halloween. Soon Brach's became the top candy seller in America. Since then the company has been bought and sold several times including being acquired by Farley's & Sathers Candy Company in 2007.
Today it is estimated that more than 35 million pounds of candy corn is produced annually (that's about 9 billion pieces of candy corn!)
Of the 9 billion pieces, I do my fair share annually to be sure!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I just finished my first bag of candy corn for the season. It was a 22 oz bag of Brach's Autumn Mix.
That's an estimate of 300 pieces.
Very good stuff. I think I still like the normal candy corn, though the pumpkins are nice to put a couple in my mouth at a time.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Candy Corn Cocktail
- 1 part cream
- 1 part Licor 43 liqueur
- 1 part Triple Sec or 1 part Orange Curacao liqueur
Or if you're looking for something a little more complex, try the Candy Corn Drink with Vodka or the Candy Corn Martini!
Have you ever tried a candy corn drink?
This is a pretty cool project -- but not for me for two reasons: I don't sew and I live in Florida. If it were cold enough, I'd probably wear one. But I think some of you might like to give this a try.
This comes from Rennie at Material Whirled. On her blog she shares her free Candy Corn Hat pattern.
Very creative! Maybe one could make a matching scarf? Leave a comment if you make one of these and let us know how it worked out!
This contest, hosted by Lera and AmandaJean, is a place to share your candy corn related projects or photographs. Any medium is accepted. By placing your photos in this pool, you will be entering in the contest, simple as that. You may enter as many projects/photos as you like.So go check out the projects, come up with your own, and submit them to the Candy Corn Contest!
The contest will run from Oct. 1-Oct. 30, 2008. Winners will be announced on Oct. 31. The prizes will be candy corn related, of course.
Thanks to Pink Trees for pointing me to the contest.
Photo source from myzoebug.
Today was no exception. I even learned a new word - 'Amigurumi' is a Japanese knitting or crocheting art. They are usually in the likeness of a small animal, but can be something inanimate also - like candy corn!
Sheila Reinke runs The Heart of Sewing blog and shared a free pattern to make crocheted candy corns. She says it's pretty easy and they end up being about 3 inches tall.
Pretty cool but that skill is not in my set. But I like it.
What other candy corn projects do you know about?
Friday, October 3, 2008
Home-made Candy Corn
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup white corn syrup
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup powdered milk
- food coloring
In a separate dish, combine powdered sugar, salt, and powdered milk. Add all at once to the mixture in the pan. Add food coloring if desired. Stir until cool enough to handle. Shape as desired.
Photo source from sugar-skull.com
Try the Veuve Clicquot–Ponsardin Vintage Rich 2000; it's medium–bodied, and the "rich" character comes through as body and softness — yes, it's sweet, but not too much so, making it easy to sip over the course of an evening. It even shows some marshmallow aromas, as well as touches of quince and white chocolate.I couldn't find any other suggestions on corkd.com or from Gary Vaynerchuk's Wine Library TV. But I'd think this candy corn wine glass would probably be perfect for your wine!
Have you ever mixed candy corn and wine? What works well?
Thanks to the Candy Dish Blog for the suggestion.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I can't help myself, but I love the sweet candy corn. I love it when the fall months come around and the candy corn hits the shelves in plenty!
If I were president, the Presidential candy would be candy corn. No doubt.
But not just any candy corn, Farley's Candy Corn is without a doubt the best of all the brands.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite brand?
Photo source from Crutch2001