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If you love candy corn, you may be looking for ways to incorporate the Halloween-themed treat into homemade candy, brownies, or cookies. You can melt candy corn in the microwave, on the stovetop, or in the oven. However, candy corn is extremely high in sugar (which has a high melting point), and gelatin (which has a low melting point). This means that your results may be a little unpredictable, and some of the candy corn may burn, harden, or liquify as you melt it. As a note, if you’re trying to use candy corn in a cookie dough or brownie batter, you can simply throw the candy corn pieces in your dish and bake or cook them whole. It’s really a question of whether you want chunks of candy corn in your treat, or melted candy corn spread throughout the dish.
Method 1Method 1 of 3:Microwave Download Article
- 1Set your candy corn in a microwave-safe container. Any bowl or pan will work so long as it’s microwave-safe, although glass is probably the best bet for candy corn. When candy corn melts, it becomes extremely sticky before hardening, and it’s going to be easier to peel any hardened candy corn off of glass than other materials out there.XResearch source
- This is a fickle process. Once the candy corn has melted, it will start to harden if you continue to heat it for too long. As a result, you probably don’t want to use any containers that you wouldn’t be comfortable throwing out if you can’t scrape bits of candy corn out.
- 2Add 1 US tbsp (15 mL) of water for every 16 pieces of candy corn. You can count the pieces out, or just do this by eye. Pour some water into your container and mix the candy corn with a wooden spoon to get some moisture on every piece.XResearch source
- While it may not be precise, 16 pieces of candy corn will melt into roughly 2 tablespoons (30 mL).
- Since candy corn is extremely high in sugar, it may start burning if you heat it without any water.
- 3Heat your candy corn for 30 seconds. Set your container inside of the microwave and heat it for 30 seconds. The goal here is to get the candy corn super soft, not to turn it into soup. If you try to melt in one attempt, some of the candy corn will burn.XResearch source
- You can heat the candy corn in the same container as additional ingredients if your recipe calls for it. Chocolate chips, milk, and butter are common additions. If you do this, you still need to heat the ingredients in short, 30-second intervals to prevent the candy corn from burning.
- 4Stir the candy corn and continue reheating it in 30-second intervals. Put on an oven mitt and take the container out of the microwave. Grab some disposable utensils or something you can pry candy corn off of, like metal or plastic, and thoroughly mix the softened pieces together. If the pieces aren’t blending into one another in a thick paste, toss the candy corn back into the microwave and heat it for another 30 seconds.XResearch source
- Continue this process by stirring and reheating the container in 30-second intervals. Once your candy corn pieces have turned into a glue-like paste, you’re done. Scoop the candy corn out and continue with your recipe!
Method 2Method 2 of 3:Stovetop Download Article
- 1Place your candy corn in a non-stick sauce pan. Any non-stick sauce pan will work, although the enameled pans with a smoother finish are ideal. Pour your candy corn into the sauce pan and spread it out by hand or with a wooden spoon.XResearch source
- It is going to be exceptionally hard to scrape the dry candy corn off if you use a standard sauce pan that doesn’t have a non-stick coating.
- You can add other ingredients to your pan if you’re following a recipe that tells you to do so.
- The candy corn is going to liquify on its own, but if you are aiming for a thinner consistency, add 1 US tbsp (15 mL) of water for every 16 pieces of candy corn (roughly 2 tablespoons (30 mL)).XResearch source
- You can opt for 1-part water to 1-part candy corn if you want to make some candy-corn-flavored simple syrup!
- 2Heat the candy corn over medium heat while stirring frequently. Turn the burner on and let the candy corn heat up. Every minute or so, use a disposable utensil to stir the candy corn. This will keep the layer of candy corn that’s directly touching the pan from burning.XResearch source
- You can also use something metal or plastic to stir. You may need to pry off dried bits of candy corn when you’re done, though.
- Candy corn is super high in sugar, which can burn quite easily. If you start to see smoke, take the sauce pan off of the burner and mix the candy corn thoroughly. Reduce the heat to low and put the pan back on the burner.XResearch source
- 3Stop once the candy corn is boiling with large bubbles. As the candy corn melts, it will start boiling pretty quickly. Continue to stir the candy corn thoroughly. Once the small bubbles start to turn into big bubbles and the liquid in the pan has a bright orange color and smooth texture, turn the burner off and remove the pan from heat.XResearch source
- The candy corn will start to harden after you’ve taken it off of the heat. If you’re adding it to a taffy recipe or making candy, move quickly to finish your recipe from this point on.
- If you’re making candy corn simple syrup, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the syrup turns runny. If the syrup is too thin, add 4 tablespoons (50 g) of sugar and mix thoroughly. Remove it from the heat and stir before letting it cool in the fridge.XResearch source
Method 3Method 3 of 3:Oven Download Article
- 1Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Grab a shallow baking sheet. Spread a silicone baking mat over the top, or rip off a sheet of parchment paper and use that.XResearch source
- This is the best option if you want a hard sheet of candy corn. You’ll be able to pull the pieces apart to add them to brownies batter or cookie dough. You can also eat the pieces on their own as a hard candy.
- Melting candy corn in the oven can produce some uneven results. Some of the pieces may only soften, while some of them may totally melt into a goopy liquid.XResearch source
- 2Preheat the oven to 300 °F (149 °C) and put the candy corn on the tray. Turn your oven on. While you’re waiting for it to preheat, spread your candy corn out on the baking sheet in a smooth, even layer.XResearch source
- The candy corn will spread out as it melts, so you may want to leave 2–4 inches (5.1–10.2 cm) around the edges of the parchment paper or baking mat just to be safe.
- 3Bake the candy corn for roughly 15 minutes. Set your baking sheet in the oven and set the timer for 15 minutes or so. The candy corn will slowly melt in place and create a single layer of goopy, sugary candy corn.XResearch source
- Take a look at your candy corn every couple of minutes as it melts. If it looks like it needs more time in the oven, let it melt for longer. If it looks ready to go after a few minutes, feel free to take it out early.
- 4Let it cool for 15 minutes before peeling it off of the tray. Turn the oven off, throw on some oven mitts, and pull the tray out of the oven. Set it on top of your stove or on a cooling rack and wait at least 15 minutes for the candy corn to harden a bit. Then, use a fork or butter knife to pry an edge of the candy corn sheet up off of the baking sheet. Peel the sheet of candy corn off by hand and you’re finished.XResearch source
- If you let the sheet continue to dry on its own, it will harden into a glass-like candy and you can break off pieces for a simple snack.
- Be extremely careful pouring the candy corn out into a container, baking dish, or measuring cup once you’ve melted it. It’s going to be scalding hot and it’s sticky, so you don’t want this stuff on your skin.XResearch source
Things You’ll Need
- Oven mitt
- Microwave-safe container
- Wooden spoon or mixing stick
- Oven mitt
- Non-stick sauce pan
- Wooden spoon
- Oven mitt
- Baking sheet
- Silicone mat or parchment paper
About This Article
To easily melt candy corn in the microwave, put it in a microwave-safe bowl and add a small amount of water. One tablespoon for every 16 pieces of candy is a good rule of thumb. Stir the candy corn to make sure every piece gets coated with water. Heat the candy corn in the microwave for 30 seconds, give it a stir, and heat it for another 30 seconds. Keep doing this until the candy corn has completely melted. The consistency should be smooth and glue-like. You can also melt candy corn on the stove in a non-stick skillet or saucepan. Make sure to add a little water first, and stir the candy constantly so it doesn’t burn. Turn off the heat once the melted candy corn comes to a boil with large bubbles. For a more hands-off method, line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the candy corn on it in a single layer. Heat the candy corn in the oven at 300° Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, then take it out and let it cool. After 15 minutes, peel the melted candy corn off the parchment paper, or let it keep hardening into a solid sheet of candy. For more tips, like how to make a candy corn syrup on the stove, keep reading!