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Krayl’s Homemade Candy Corn Marshmallows {#SundaySupper}


Ask the Mr., majority of the year I am more of a cook than a baker however, once the fall weather hits I feel the urge to head to the kitchen, put on my bakers apron, bring out my Grandmothers retro mixer and try my hand at creating sweet treats. Who can blame me with numerous opportunities to share your sweet creations like Halloween and Christmas just around the corner on the calendar?



Since I was little, I have been unable to resist a bag of candy corn staring at me on the shelf of the local drug store. I intentionally wait until the week before Halloween to buy them knowing that I will eat an entire bag of those sweet colorful triangles in less than two days all by myself if I am not careful – and don’t even get me started on the mini Trick-or-Treat candy bars!

This year I wanted to try something a little different, making my own Halloween treats and DIY Fall themed treat bags to pass out to the neighborhood kids and to send to our little friends in other states. It’s Halloween so let’s go all out – bring on the sweetness and make Homemade Candy Corn Marshmallow Treats.




Remember the days when you headed out in your neighborhood to fill your UNICEF box with pennies and filled your pillow case with various homemade treats from neighbors your parents knew by name? In most communities those days might be long gone however, we currently live in a smaller community and, to my dismay, only get a few kids so I am going to make up a few special bags for the neighborhood kids filled with my Homemade Candy Corn Marshmallows with my name on them so after the night’s frenzy is over they will remember who passed them out and that they are indeed safe it eat without concern. The sugar rush, I cannot be held accountable for – they are on their own for that!




I promise not to eat them all in one sitting, but I don’t think I can promise not to eat them one layer at a time. You know what I mean – first the white layer, then the yellow layer, then finally the orange layer. Don’t tell me you don’t do that. Don’t you taste the difference in flavor or each layer? OK, there may not be a difference in the flavor for the standard version of candy corns but in this version of Homemade Candy Corn Marshmallow Treats you might just taste it. See I have friends whose kids can’t eat any conventional food dye or coloring so I wanted to be sure my homemade Halloween treats were safe for them to eat as well – all the coloring in these treats are from food based colors {I was going to try my hand at making them but then at the last minute I saw some clever company had done it for me}.

I used a small spray bottle to create the color bands and then became obsessed with what else I could make out of these little homemade marshmallow treats! Be on the lookout for future posts using this recipe to dream up more seasonal shapes! But before you go – let me know in the comments what you are handing out this year. I might just come knock on your door!




Homemade Candy Corn Marshmallows
  1. 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  2. 1 cup ice cold water, divided
  3. 1 1/2 cups ounces granulated sugar
  4. 1 cup light corn syrup, unflavored
  5. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  8. 1/2 cup cornstarch
  9. Nonstick spray
  1. Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer with whisk attachment along with 1/2 cup of the water.
  2. In a small saucepan combine 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, using a candy thermometer continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches temperature, immediately remove from the heat.
  3. Turn the mixer on low speed and very slowly pour the warm sugar syrup into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick, sticky and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla just as the mixture is finished.
To prepare the pans
  1. In a small bowl combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch. Lightly spray a half-sheet metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and place a sheet of parchment paper to cover the bottom. Dust the bottom and sides of the pan with a thin layer of sugar mixture. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.
  2. When marshmallow mixture is ready, pour it into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula to spread evenly into the pan corners. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  3. Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and begin to cut into various sized triangles. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary.
To create the stripes
  1. Place the food coloring in a small spray container.
  2. Using a napkin, or paper towel, mark off each band starting with yellow and spray color onto marshmallow. Allow to dry then repeat with orange band. Allow to dry overnight. Dust with sugar cornstarch mixture.
  3. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
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37 Responses to Krayl’s Homemade Candy Corn Marshmallows {#SundaySupper}

  1. Nancy | The Bitter Side of Sweet October 23, 2015 at 7:42 PM #

    I tried to make marshmallows once and it didn’t go well but now you have me wanting to make them again! They look great!
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    • Krayl Funch October 29, 2015 at 3:17 PM #

      Oh Nancy – don’t give up! Try again – if I can do it you totally can!

  2. Run DMT October 23, 2015 at 5:08 PM #

    How adorable are these treats?! I need to try these. On another note, we were never allowed to eat homemade treats collected while trick-or-treating. I feel like my childhood was robbed! 😉 However, my kids do collect pennies for UNICEF.
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    • Krayl Funch October 29, 2015 at 3:14 PM #

      LOL Denise!! I am happy to hear they still collect for UNICEF! I haven’t seen anyone in my neighbor doing it for years!

  3. Angie | Big Bear's Wife October 23, 2015 at 11:11 AM #

    I’m the same way! Once it starts getting cold all I can think about it baking when normally I’m only cranking out savory meals! Haha and I would totally eat these one layer at a time!
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  4. Nutmeg Nanny October 23, 2015 at 8:44 AM #

    Oh my goodness! These marshmallows are so cute! Totally perfect for Halloween 🙂
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    • Krayl Funch October 29, 2015 at 3:12 PM #

      Right!! – I need something else to eat thats in theme. These have totally done the trick!

  5. Kim Beaulieu October 23, 2015 at 2:05 AM #

    These are sheer perfection. Nothing better than homemade marshmallows, except homemade candy corn marshmallows. Great job.
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    • Krayl Funch October 29, 2015 at 3:11 PM #

      Thank you Kim – that’s extra special coming from you!!

  6. Colleen (Souffle Bombay) October 22, 2015 at 10:54 PM #

    The cuteness! These are just SO fun!! Love!

  7. Angie October 22, 2015 at 4:01 PM #

    Those cookie are so cute! Halloween is always so busy for us, I wish I had more time to bake!

    • Krayl Funch October 29, 2015 at 3:10 PM #

      Angie – thats the best part… no baking needed!

  8. Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 22, 2015 at 3:08 PM #

    These are so cute! Homemade marshmallows are always fun to make, especially when they’re decorated like these. 🙂
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  9. Paula - bell'alimento October 22, 2015 at 8:54 AM #

    Now this is a “Candy Corn” I would actually eat ; )
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  10. Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen October 21, 2015 at 9:21 PM #

    These are adorable…and I’m sure entirely irresistible!
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  11. Jessica (Savory Experiments) October 21, 2015 at 5:20 PM #

    One of the few things I’ve never made at home is marshmallow, maybe I should change that!
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  12. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet October 21, 2015 at 5:01 PM #

    Such a great idea with the marshmallows! My kids would have a blast making these!
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  13. The Food Hunter October 21, 2015 at 4:56 PM #

    What a fun treat to make

  14. Lana | Never Enough Thyme October 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM #

    These are so cute! They would be perfect for our neighborhood ghosts and goblins. I’ve always enjoyed making homemade marshmallows. They taste so totally different from the purchased ones, don’t they?

    • Krayl Funch October 29, 2015 at 3:09 PM #

      Lana! Totally different – and I like that you can change them as you get inspired!

  15. Shaina October 21, 2015 at 12:35 PM #

    I’ve always wanted to make my own marshmallows. What a fun treat!
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    • Krayl Funch October 29, 2015 at 3:09 PM #

      It is fun and totally worth is Shaina!!

  16. Katie @ Recipe for Perfection October 21, 2015 at 12:23 PM #

    I have always, always wanted to make marshmallows at home! Love this!
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  17. Martha @ A Family Feast October 21, 2015 at 8:55 AM #

    What a fun Halloween treat! I’ve never tried making homemade marshmallows – but you’ve made it look so easy! (I have no excuse not to try them now!)
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    • Krayl Funch October 21, 2015 at 10:29 AM #

      Martha it is so much easier than I would have thought and the combinations are endless!

  18. allie @ Through Her Looking Glass October 19, 2015 at 10:53 AM #

    Dear Krayl, these look so delicious and homemade. In a good way. (!) My cousin made us some homemade marshmallows for Christmas last year. They were incredible!!! Yours look so festive and all I can say is… I wish my kids were knocking on your door so I could bribe them for one little bite!
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    • Krayl Funch October 21, 2015 at 10:28 AM #

      The kids are totally invited!! I need more trick or treaters!

  19. Marion@LifeTastesGood October 18, 2015 at 11:03 AM #

    What a great idea, Krayl! Homemade marshmallows are so yummy and versatile! This is candy corn I would like!
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    • Krayl Funch October 21, 2015 at 10:26 AM #

      I love all candy corn but these are a super fun treat!

  20. Renee October 18, 2015 at 7:39 AM #

    Homemade marshmallows are the best! Great way to make them festive for Halloween.
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    • Krayl Funch October 21, 2015 at 10:25 AM #

      It’s my first time making them Renee, but not my last!

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