What is in Candy Corn?
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What is in Candy Corn?

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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The new packages of candy corn say that it contains honey.  Is that all it is using as a sweetener?  Here's a closer look at the ingredients in candy corn.Have you seen the new packages of candy corn? This year, some are emphasizing that they contain honey. The implication is that the candy corn is an all-natural treat. The reality is that candy corn may contain some natural ingredients, but there are other things in it that you may want to consider.

What is Candy Corn?

Brach’s is the name of the company that makes the famous candy corn. There may be “knock offs” out there (whose ingredient lists may differ.) It is true that Brach’s candy corn is sweetened with honey. Here is the full list of ingredients:

Sugar, Corn Syrup, Confectioner’s Glaze, Salt, Honey, Dextrose, Artificial Flavor, Gelatin, Titanium Dioxide Color, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 3, Blue 1, Sesame Oil.

It is also worth knowing that the candy is packaged on equipment that also packages products that contain traces of milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and/or soy protein. This is something to consider if you, your child, or other family members have food allergies. Another potential danger for those with food allergies is the “natural flavors” that are in the candy. There is no way to know, for certain, exactly what foods those “natural flavors” came from!

If the candy corn seems safe for you and your family, go ahead and enjoy it. Many people feel that it is ok to eat a less-than-healthy treat if it is one that is seasonal. It isn’t something that you can eat all year long, so it cannot become a “go-to” snack.

What if you aren’t pleased with the ingredients in the candy corn? There are some alternatives. Several websites have posted recipes that people can use to make their very own candy corn. When you make something at home, you get a lot of control over the ingredients that go into it.

Instructables has a step-by-step guide, with photos, that will walk you through how to make your own candy corn at home. Their version is described as fresh, slightly softer than the store-bought candy corn, and lacking the wax coating that is typically on each piece of candy corn. It is said to taste the same, though.

Alton Brown, at Food Network, has a recipe for candy corn that makes 60 to 80 pieces. The recipe is at the “intermediate level”. This recipe does not use honey – it uses light corn syrup instead. If you feel that your kitchen and cooking skills are can be described as “intermediate”, go ahead and give this recipe a try. If not, it might be best to go with the Instructables recipe.

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