In case you haven’t noticed on my sidebar, the #GreatHallowTweet is back! That’s right, today through Halloween day, Renee of Flamingo Musings is once again our ghoulish host. The list on my sidebar is the list of all of the bloggers who are participating, so you can “hop” from one blog to the next to check out all the Halloween-related treats…and on Twitter, you can follow the hashtag #GreatHallowTweet to be a part of all the fun. Now, on to the treats!
One of the things that usually bums me out when Halloween comes around is that I can’t eat candy corn anymore, since it’s processed in a facility with peanuts/nuts, which I’m allergic to. This year however, I decided to make my own from scratch – no peanuts, no nuts, and no high fructose corn syrup, either. I wasn’t quite sure how they were going to turn out since I’ve never made anything like this before, but they were easier than I thought and they tasted just the way I remember – hubby agreed that the flavor was a perfect match, too! Make these this week and get in the Halloween spirit. And, be sure to follow the links in my sidebar to see more Halloween treats from other great bloggers!
Recipe adapted from here.
- 2/3 cup agave nectar
- 1 cup sugar
- 5 Tbsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- Pinch of salt
- Orange & yellow food coloring
In a sauce pan, stir together the agave nectar, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, corn starch, and salt.
Reduce the heat to medium and boil 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Let cool at least 20 minutes.
Knead the dough gently until smooth. If it begins sticking to everything, don’t add extra powdered sugar to the dough – simply work with the dough on wax paper.
Divide into 3 pieces. With rubber gloves on, knead several drops of yellow food coloring to one piece of the dough until the color is even. Repeat with the orange food coloring. Leave the third piece of dough uncolored.
Divide each color dough in half again. Roll each piece into a long, thin rope. Line one rope of each color next to the others: yellow first, then orange, and then white. Flatten with a rolling pin. Cut the ropes into triangles. Some will be yellow-tipped and some will be white-tipped.
Smooth out the edges with your fingers.
Place in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes to firm up, and then enjoy homemade candy corn!