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The Vegan Candy Corn Recipe You’ve Been Searching For

I have a thing for candy corn. Always have. White, yellow, orange… there’s just something about this simple little candy that makes them hard to resist. As Halloween draws ever closer, their presence on grocery store shelves is undeniable, almost irresistible…

That is until you read the list of ingredients. So I set out in search of an alternative, and that’s what I’m sharing with you today. Surprisingly easy to whip up, these little vegan morsels are close to the real thing, and taste surprisingly similar to cookie dough, without all the extra ingredients.

Check out the recipe below, and be sure to tell me what you think!

Candy Corn
Vegan Candy Corn


1/4 cup golden syrup (look for Lyle’s brand)

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp melted coconut oil

1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 cup gluten-free flour or tapioca flour + more for mixing

Food coloring

Parchment paper

Candy CornFirst, whisk together the golden syrup, vanilla, and melted coconut oil in a bowl. Add the confectioner’s sugar and mix until fully combined, then add the flour a little at a time until completely incorporated (a wooden spoon works well for this step).

Candy CornTransfer the dough to a parchment-covered cutting board and begin kneading in more flour until it reaches a consistency similar to clay. Next, cut the dough into three equally-sized sections.

Candy CornAdd a few drops of yellow food coloring to one dough ball, and knead until fully colored, then add a few drops of orange food coloring to a ball of dough and knead. Leave the third as-is (this will be the white section). Wrap the dough in parchment paper and stick in the freezer for 10 minutes, this will make the dough much easier to work with.

Candy CornAfter 10 minutes, remove the dough from the freezer and place on the parchment paper. Roll each ball out into ropes and arrange like the picture above. If the dough gets too soft, stick it back in the freezer for a few minutes.

Candy CornUse a sharp knife to cut the dough into candy corn shapes. Because these have so few ingredients, they’re best kept in the freezer or refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them. Enjoy!

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Carly (Zauberbear) -October 23, 2014, 7:17AM

Sounds like this would work, and they’re adorable, too! Definitely would use carrots and yellow beets or something for the food coloring, though. ;)

Alexandra -October 23, 2014, 9:41AM

These are so cute! Pinning. I would also love to know about some alternative coloring options.

Warm Regards,

jessi -October 23, 2014, 10:58AM

this is perfect! i’ve been looking for a candy corn recipe!

Juliette Laura -October 23, 2014, 12:05PM

This is seriously what I’ve been searching for!!!

Inspiration MYCreation -October 23, 2014, 12:37PM

Awww. This is so cute/creative!

Inspiration MYCreation

Audra -October 23, 2014, 2:30PM

Do you have to use gluten free or tapioca flour? All I have on hand is regular white flour.

fp julie -October 23, 2014, 3:15PM

Audra – I’ve never tried the recipe with regular flour, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment! Let us know how it turns out :)

Garrett -October 23, 2014, 3:54PM

Do you think the sugar and golden syrup could be replaced with maple syrup or honey to make this paleo?

fp julie -October 23, 2014, 3:59PM

Garrett – yes, though I believe honey would work better since it’s thicker, but the confectioner’s sugar might not make this completely paleo.

Kathryn -October 23, 2014, 5:03PM

love this so much! thanks for sharing <3

kim beller -October 24, 2014, 3:59PM

yum. definitely trying this~ thanks

Littlebear -October 28, 2014, 11:58AM

I’m sorry to tell you this, but confectioners glaze isn’t vegan. It’s made of crushed up bugs, which is sad because a lot of amazing candies have it. Does anyone have any suggestions for a substitute I could use?

Littlebear -October 28, 2014, 12:01PM

Never mind, I see it says sugar not glaze which is fine. I can’t wait to make these now!

Stephanie -October 29, 2014, 10:54PM

These are seriously so adorable, and I can’t wait to make these! I’ve told all of my friends of this recipe, so now a bunch of them are making these too. I would love for there to be more vegan candy recipes, these are the best!!

Carmen -October 30, 2014, 3:43PM

Candy Corn is my absolute FAVVVVORITE! This post is awesome, thanks!

Rosie -October 30, 2014, 5:02PM

Has anyone actually tried making these? A lot of comments, but not much feedback. One thing I like about candy corns is the honey-ish taste. Jelly Belly (Goelitz) makes egg-free ones, but not vegan by any means. This post says they taste like cookie dough, which I wonder if that’s close to candy corn flavor or if it’s more about the look and texture being the same?

Sara -November 13, 2014, 12:36AM

I made these tonight. They look great but taste pretty bad. Nothing like candy corn or cookie dough for that matter. Gonna try some other recipes.

Stephanie -October 1, 2015, 9:57PM

they taste like sugar cookie dough… I’m thinking maybe more sugar less flour but I’m going to play with it a bit

Isabella -October 16, 2015, 1:21PM

I made these today and the only problem I found was that the flour was somewhat overwhelming so I just added more golden syrup and powdered sugar and they pretty much just taste like sugar cookies

Ashley -October 29, 2015, 1:20PM

Great recipe my kiddos love them Thank-you!! fun to make and easy

G River -October 30, 2015, 9:18PM

The gluten free flour gave the candy corn a really weird after taste. Is there anything besides gluten free flour that can be used? Everything else was great (used agave instead of corn syrup). Thanks for any feedback!

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