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82: Candy Corn on the Cob

October 15, 2011

I don’t really like loose corn. I really like corn-on-the-cob. And I like candy corn, so it follows that I would probably love candy-corn-on-the-cob. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen candy-corn-on-the-cob. So I must make it.

My original plan was to find a good recipe for homemade candy corn, make a batch, mold a cob, and stick candy corn in it while it was still warm and sticky.

So, I made a batch of candy corn dough. The ingredients are basically sugar, sugar, sugar, and sugar.

And while it was still warm (like burn your fingertips warm), I started sticking candy corn in the cob. And, just as fast it started falling out. So, I melted the tips of the kernels on a hot skillet, and then stuck them to it… and that worked worse.

It became obvious that making a cob and sticking things to it was not a feasible plan. These candies are too fragile and structurally unsound to do that.

My backup plan was a rice krispie treat cob, but I figured that would have similar results, so I had to formulate another plan quickly. Here’s what I ended up doing.

I needed a way to stand up the candy and expose the tips, but candy corn is round. Sugar in a pan did the trick.

Then I arranged the kernels in nice little rows. leaning them inward so all the tips would touch each other.

Once everything was in line, I moved it over to a paper towel tube to shape it into a half-ear. I think you can see where this is going, especially if you noticed that bowl of white chocolate chips over there. I tried to melt the white chocolate, but I am chronically impatient, so I ended up burning it and overcooking it. Frustrated with the whole thing and running low on white chocolate, I just switched to regular brown chocolate. Plan D.

Then I slathered in some chocolate, making sure to get it in the crevices, and forming the ear of corn as I went. After a few minutes in the freezer…

I flipped it out, and got really excited. It looked amazing! The kernels even naturally fell into that slight spiral shape.

I took this picture just in case I screwed it up after this point, so I could lie and say I made the whole thing. It’s a big ear of corn, but it is unmistakably an ear of corn. I still had another half to make.

The second half went smoothly. Here it is waiting to be chocolated. After I laid down the chocolate on this half, I put the first half on top, and stuck the whole thing in the freezer.

I made the second half bigger, because I was more comfortable with the process. Now it’s just a matter of trimming it up.

And it’s done. You can dip individual kernels in chocolate to patch any holes you have along the seam.

Here you can see the seam. It’s not bad at all, the pattern just gets a little wonky. If you want to try it out yourself, I recommend it. Just buy more candy corn than you think you need. There’s like a 50% breakage rate on those things.

Successful project, and just in time. The week’s over in a few hours.

Update:

Megan said, “Let’s eat it!” so we did. I took the first bite and was thrilled to find that it works like real corn.

I didn’t know what to expect. I thought the cob might crumble or break. Nope. The kernels broke off at the whites, and the cob looked fantastic.

You can actually eat it the same way as corn on the cob. And when your done, you have a cob you can eat. If I had only made the cob out of white chocolate like I planned, this would look perfect. You can see a little spot in there where I have a little bit of white chocolate. Phenomenal.

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41 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2011 10:42 pm

    FYI, this looks great on the iPhone!

  2. October 16, 2011 1:17 pm

    My boys officially LOVE you!

    Very cool!

    • October 17, 2011 8:43 pm

      I can’t argue with their tastes (but I probably should).

  3. October 19, 2011 10:52 pm

    I never did understand why it was called candy corn when it looked like a coloured cone to me. Now, I somewhat understand, they’re corn kernels >_>

    I bet the people who thought of candy corn was eating a corn on the cob when he thought ‘hmm… what if this was made.. OUT OF CANDY?!’. Man, I wish I was that person.

  4. November 5, 2011 11:23 am

    I don’t know how I missed this post! Love it. You totally need to mass produce these with little corn cob pokers in the ends. People would totally buy them. ( I would!)

  5. November 17, 2011 10:51 am

    I’m late to the party here as a recent stalker of your blog, courtesy of Freshly Pressed (congrats!). But gotta say that this is the best idea EVER!!!! And your photo documentation of the entire process is spot on for us DIY-ers.

    Why just do it for Halloween? We use corn in Thanksgiving centerpieces, don’t we?

    • November 17, 2011 10:59 am

      Thanks! I agree. Tooth-melting is a year round activity. Plus you can probably get a real good deal on candy corn right about now.

  6. November 17, 2011 11:14 am

    I have enough candy corn left over from Halloween 2008 to do this. Fantastic post. I really like how you covered the whole process.

    • November 18, 2011 3:31 pm

      That’s some old candy corn. Not that i don’t believe you; it kind of moves slowly.

  7. November 17, 2011 11:18 am

    Cool! Thanks for showing the process in addition to the finished project

    • November 18, 2011 3:32 pm

      No prob. I try to always do that, but sometimes I don’t realize I’m making something until I’ve already started.

  8. November 17, 2011 12:37 pm

    That screws with my mind, but I kinda like it! I’m also not a candy buff but that looks so neat!!

  9. November 17, 2011 2:27 pm

    My life will be incomplete until I accomplish this.

    • November 18, 2011 3:40 pm

      Better get crackin’ then. Wait, unless that means you’ll die afterward. I wouldn’t want that.

  10. November 17, 2011 2:52 pm

    Wow – now I have something to do with all my left over candy corn! But seriously – uber cool!!

  11. wemeetparis permalink
    November 17, 2011 3:11 pm

    Okay, so this is officially f-ing cool. Despite the fact that wayyy too many people dislike this quintessential Halloween candy, it is one of my favorites and I wish I could enjoy it year round. A candy corn cob is definitely something that is missing from my life.

  12. November 17, 2011 7:51 pm

    OMG! I love candy corn. I especially like the indian corn with chocolate on the top, but you can only get that in the fall unfortunately. I never thought of candy corn on the cob, but that is a great idea!

    Evelyn

  13. November 17, 2011 8:53 pm

    It’s a sort of meta-narrative — like a tv show within a tv show (e.g., “Mock Trial with J. Reinhold” in “Arrested Development”). All to say: nice work.

  14. Serena permalink
    November 18, 2011 12:52 am

    You are too awesome.

  15. November 18, 2011 2:34 am

    I’m German but have WordPress set to English as I always enjoy to see the ‘Freshly Pressed’ page and that’s where I found your blog today. I only had a look at a few of your posts and think you’re crazy – in a funny, awesome kind of way. And I’m not even sure who actually has more fun with this blog – you while writing/drawing/fotographing or your readers :)

  16. November 18, 2011 6:14 am

    Awesome post. Just to let you know so that you’ll be able to make you corn cob with white chocolate, fill a sauce pan with water and put a cup in the middle and put your chocolate inside the cup. Then boil the water, which will heat up the cup and melt your chocolate. This way it won’t. One of my friends taught me that trick, which she saw on a cooking show, so now I’m passing it down to you :D. Great post and I look forward to reading you others

  17. Locust permalink
    November 18, 2011 6:46 am

    Awesome… my enthusiasm for what I think of as ‘Giant Child Projects’ (as in I am one, not I want to make one) is officially rekindled! :)

  18. Shegz Afolayan permalink
    November 18, 2011 7:21 am

    Delicious!

  19. November 20, 2011 1:17 pm

    That is epic! I love candy corn !

  20. November 22, 2011 1:30 am

    …I don’t know what candy corn is. :|

  21. November 23, 2011 2:51 pm

    You sir, had entirely too much time on your hands. But I love LOVE this idea! I can feel my teeth falling out just looking at the photos. Thanks.

  22. Renee Mallicone permalink
    October 21, 2012 8:20 am

    I am making this asap! What an awesome idea! You are brilliant!

  23. October 22, 2012 3:06 pm

    absolutely making this!

  24. Dorothy permalink
    October 27, 2012 10:40 am

    Looks great! I have a sugar high just looking at the process! Happy cob making to all!

  25. October 29, 2012 10:22 pm

    Oy my blood sugar… to be able to eat like that again.. :|

  26. October 21, 2013 6:21 am

    This is a great post and I’m so glad I found it! I have been trying very hard to find the website to the picture that is all over Pinterest (since my attempt failed). It’s all the same pix and says it is made with a banana. Finally, about half way down the page was one lone pin with a link to your post. I’m going to link back to your page so my followers can see how to actually make this if they want. Thanks!

    • October 21, 2013 10:35 am

      Thanks :) In the years since I originally made it, I’ve seen that “banana” picture floating around on Pinterest, and it’s not a banana.

      It’s from this Instructables project: http://www.instructables.com/id/Candy-Corn-on-the-COB/
      where you can see that it’s cookie dough. (That Instructables creator linked to this blog as inspiration)

      I was around to see that confusion begin. Someone pinned that picture, and put a note to themselves “Try with banana?” instead, and someone else on Pinterest thought it was real.

      It’s frustrating to see good ideas get misinterpreted, so thanks for the credit (and congrats on finding a source).

      • October 21, 2013 11:23 am

        I’m glad you approve! I am lucky enough to be a pinner for two of the larger food sites and this will go on both tonight so maybe it will get you some traffic. I must say, your creation is beautiful!

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