Got Leftover Candy Corn? Make a Smoothie.

Your smoothie sucks. Compared to a candy corn smoothie, that is.

Listen, you're probably Halloween candy hungover, so why not take a "hair of the dog" approach and just enjoy a candy corn-filled potable?

This idea came about when I was wondering to myself what would happen if I made ganache with candy corn instead of chocolate. Well, that didn't work quite as I wanted. It started out promising, with the candy corn getting all melty when I poured the hot cream over it. 

But then, the mixture never quite set up. It just kind of remained a thick, syrup-y liquid.

I even put it in the fridge overnight, but no big difference. It got a little thicker, but it didn't set like ganache.

So I figured, rather than despair, I needed to shift my expectations and point of view. Could I re-imagine this failed candy corn ganache as a glaze? Or a creamy base for a cocktail, like my friend Nicole's candy corn simple syrup?

Just while I was thinking that, I had a better idea. The way that the candy corn looked in the bowl, it almost looked like a thick carrot juice. 

I liked the idea of carrot juice with a sweet secret (that it's really candy corn), so I decided all I needed to do here to make the recipe a success was re-brand it as a CANDY CORN SMOOTHIE.


Since it's called a smoothie, this is health food. As long as there are no follow up questions, that is. 

Also, that "no follow up questions" rule extends to the methodology behind this recipe. If you are tempted in any way to remind me that because this isn't blended it's not technically a smoothie, my response to you is this: "I can't hear you." See? I can't even hear follow up questions or challenging comments. It's an amazing talent I have. 

So if you have leftover candy corn, own it with this candy corn smoothie.

Candy Corn Smoothie

  • 4 ounces candy corn (by weight)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half

Place the candy corn in a heatproof bowl. Set to the side.

In a saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer. Once it simmers, remove from heat and pour over the candy corn. Stir with a whisk. The mixture will begin to turn orange very soon. The candy corn will begin to melt.

After about 30 seconds, the initial candy corn melt will have occurred. From here, leave the mixture at room temperature and give it a whisk every five minutes or so. The candy corn will continue to disintegrate. 

After a while, once most of the candy corn is melted, cover the bowl with plastic and refrigerate until thoroughly cool.

Once cold, strain into a glass. Garnish with candy corn, if desired. 

If you need another idea for what to do with leftover fun-size candy bars, why not try melting them in a pie crust? Or melt all of your candy in a pie crust for fun results.

What's your favorite use for leftover Halloween candy?