Corn Candy, Candy Corn, Chocolate Popcorn??

by Hope Sewell on October 12, 2011

in kids, recipes

Candy Corn is one of my all time favorite Autumn confections!!!  Did you know that some people actually call it Corn Candy???  I never realized there was such confusion about it until I heard a debate on this issue on the radio.  Who knew??  I mean, the words CANDY CORN are clearly printed on the package!!

Anyway….I LOVE it and have ALWAYS loved it!!  Candy Corn takes me back to my childhood every time I take a bite.  In fact, candy corn was such a big deal to me that I dressed my oldest daughter in a homemade candy corn costume for her first Halloween (which is also her birthday).  She was such a cutie!!  She doesn’t care for the candy now and she didn’t care for the costume then!  Oh well…that leaves more for the rest of us.

There are only a FEW brands of this sweet treat that are egg free.  Yep…candy corn contains eggs.  :(  So I have to be extra careful when I’m shopping for it.
Instead of having to stand in the candy aisle at the grocery store and read ingredient labels, I thought I’d try my hand at making it from scratch.
Here’s what I started with:

I found and recipe and it sounded easy enough…of course I got my little peeps to help me.We measured, we stirred and and cooked.
And it was a FLOP!!!!  I’m not really sure what went wrong!  I really think though that I needed to cook the mixture to a certain temperature instead of just “cook it on medium heat for about 5 minutes”.
After trying to knead and shape something that was hard as bricks, I gave up and here is how it turned out.We were all hoping to get a taste of some sweet homemade candy corn.  There was lots of disappointment in the Sewell kitchen.  So I turned to the next best thing.  Chocolate Popcorn!!!

I pulled out a pan and popped some corn on the stove.  Which is always fun!!  Everybody loves to help give it a shake and hear the popping going on inside.Melt 2 tablespoons of butter.   Combine 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of sugar.Drizzle the butter over the popcorn and toss.  Sprinkle the cocoa and sugar on top and toss.Enjoy!!  This is so delicious!!!  One of our favorite snacks.
So, in the end we scrapped the candy corn, made chocolate popcorn and put in a movie.  What could be better?

Print Recipe

Chocolate Popcorn
1/3 cup popcorn kernels or 10 cups popped popcorn
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Pop the popcorn kernels using your favorite method.  Place the popcorn in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, combing sugar and cocoa powder.  Drizzle popcorn with melted butter and toss.  Sprinkle over the popcorn and toss.
Enjoy!!

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Thrifting Denver October 13, 2011 at 10:51 am

Yumm! Throw some candy corn into the popcorn! Delicious!!

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Rachel October 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm

This is brilliant, so simple and thrifty, too. We make popcorn a lot as a snack, so it’s great to get ideas for fresh variations. Sometimes we douse it with melted coconut oil instead of butter, I bet that would be great with this recipe.

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Teri@The Freshman Cook October 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I love to make popcorn flavors. I have made chocolate before, but I wasn’t so happy with it. I can’t wait to try yours! I linked to you from Jaqs Studio. Thanks!

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Melanie October 14, 2011 at 8:15 am

Awesome popcorn flavor! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday!

Melanie
bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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