Halloween is almost upon us and there are many parents who are looking for a gluten-free candy corn made in a facility without gluten and nuts. Can’t find one? Make your own! This recipe is an adaption of the Best Allergy Sites’ Peanut Free Candy Corn – Egg Free Gluten-Free Candy Corn Recipe to also make it dairy-free. I substituted the butter and dry milk powder with other ingredients, and removed the vanilla. Candy corn doesn’t usually contain vanilla, and if you use a dark vanilla it will change the color of the candy. Hope you have some kids to help you make this fun gluten-free Halloween candy! I halved the recipe when I made it, as I had no help with mine. Have fun!
And one piece of advice this Halloween season: Make a deal with your kids the day before and during the consumption of the candy. Have them drink plenty of water the day before and the days of eating a lot of sugar. Drinking plenty of water the day before consumption of sugar creates the enzymes needed to digest the sugar. See more details on Sugar Damage Control by Dr. Pepi.
Check out the traditional ingredients in candy corn. I think you’ll feel better knowing you’ve made your own.
Nut-free Dairy-free Egg-free Gluten-free Candy Corn
Rest easily knowing your child is dairy-free with these gluten free dairy-free egg-free candy corn candies.
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup*
- 1/4 cup grape seed oil or other neutral oil such as canola, etc.
- Red and yellow gluten free food coloring or yellow and orange food coloring (Select Tea makes organic gluten-free food coloring.)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup potato starch
- On high heat, in a medium sized sauce pan, add oil, sugar, corn syrup (do not stir); cover; and bring to a boil.
- Uncover and turn down heat to low; cook for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat; add potato starch, powdered sugar, and salt; and stir.
- Divide dough between 3 bowls; about half of it in one bowl, which you will use for the orange color; 1/4 each in the other 2 bowls. Don't worry if some of the oil has separated from the candy. Just leave it behind in the pan and discard later.
- Start by adding one drop 2 drops of red and 3 drops of yellow to make orange (or add orange drops) in the bowl with the larger amount and knead in. Drop 4 drops of yellow to one bowl and knead in; and leave the other dough white. Add additional drops of each color until it creates the desired colors.
- Roll each piece of dough into a large rope, making the orange dough twice as thick in size as the other two ropes.
- Lay the ropes along side each other with the orange in the center.
- With a rolling pin dusted very lightly with potato starch roll the ropes together, being careful not to roll them too thin.
- Cut each piece diagonally into triangles.
- Set aside to harden.
Make your strips of dough different widths: orange should be the widest, then yellow and make the white very thin. Assemble them so the orange is in the middle.
If the dough gets too hard, microwave the ropes/pieces of dough in 5 second increments until soft.
Because the candy hardens so quickly, I suggest experimenting by adding a tad bit more oil to the above recipe.
CORN-FREE OPTION: *Thanks to Shannon M in the comments sections:
Substitute for Corn Syrup
For each cup of light corn syrup in a recipe, substitute 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup water. For each cup of dark corn syrup, substitute 1 cup of packed brown sugar and 1/4 cup water.
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