This whimsical, fun, Candy Corn Swirled Fudge is easy to make and each batch is a delicious work of art! You'll love having this wonderful confection for gift-giving and entertaining.
I knew my sister Annie, would laugh when I texted her a picture of my Candy Corn Swirled Fudge. And she did! Annie always teases me about my love for candy corn. She remembers days gone by, when we were growing up and I would be as thrilled as a little pig in mud if I had a bag of candy corn and a good book to read. When I come to visit her these days, I often find a pretty bowl on the bedside table filled to overflowing with the yellow, orange and white sweet treats.
It's a little embarrassing to admit (as a supposed foodie) that I still love candy corn. And though it's available all year long, one of my favorite signs of fall is when I go to the grocery store and spot big bins loaded with bags of this colorful sweet treat.
I've had this idea for Candy Corn Swirled Fudge rolling around in my head for a few months now, and I could hardly wait for September to arrive to give it a try. After all, it's not really legal to make something like Candy Corn Swirled Fudge in August when days are sweltering and spirits are languishing in the summer heat. But come September? It's definitely a green light, even when it seems that those cool, crisp, quintessential Fall days will never find their way to North Carolina.
I've made lots of swirled fudge in the past; Strawberry Swirled Fantasy Fudge, Lemon and White Chocolate Fantasy Fudge, Gingerbread Swirled Fudge, Candy Cane Swirled Fudge and Winter White Red Velvet Fudge. As you can see, this wasn't a brand new idea. Just another fun rendition of the classic Kraft Fantasy Fudge recipe.
The impetus to creating this sweet confection was discovering Candy Corn Flavoring Oil on Amazon. What? Candy Corn Flavoring Oil? Yep, you just add a small splash of it to get that unique candy corn flavor. But no worries - while this concentrated extract adds a wonderful dimension, the fudge can also be flavored with a teaspoon of vanilla extract with delicious results.
I topped my Candy Corn Swirled Fudge with a shower of yellow and orange sprinkles. These sprinkles are available at stores that carry cake decorating supplies. Even easier? Order them from Amazon (orange, yellow, these jimmies would be fun too)!
How do you make the pretty swirls in the fudge? It's easier than you think! Check out this video demonstrating exactly how it's done.
I've shared this Fall-inspired fudge with family and friends since first creating it earlier this month and have gotten tons of positive response. "That was the best fudge we've ever had!", "It's so smooth!" and "Crazy delicious!" are a few of the comments.
Want to elicit lots of smiles from family and friends? Whip up a batch of this Candy Corn Fudge for your next get together. Serve it on a pretty platter or bag it up in clear sacks tied with ribbons of yellow, orange and white. Oh and print up some copies of the recipe, so you'll be ready for requests!
Café Tips for making this Candy Corn Swirled Fudge
- Look for good quality white chocolate chips. A "big" name doesn't necessarily mean good quality. Here's a great article from Cook's Illustrated on White Chocolate. Both Guittard and Ghirardelli are good choices. I also like the Trader Joe's white chips.
- Don't overdo the food coloring. A little goes a long way!
- Let the fudge cool completely before slicing.
- You can speed up the cooling by placing the fudge in the refrigerator, but allow it to come back to room temperature before slicing as it tends to shatter if cut when cold.
- Use a long, sharp knife for cutting fudge and clean the blade with a damp paper towel between cuts.
- Fudge will keep well at room temperature for up to a week but can be frozen for longer storage.
- If you live outside the U.S., you may not be familiar with half and half. It’s a convenience product frequently used in coffee here in the States. It’s simply half milk and half cream.
- Another item that is found primarily in the U.S. is marshmallow creme. Marshmallow creme is a light, creamy marshmallow mixture that’s sold in jars. If you can’t find it, you can make your own. Try this version from AllRecipes.
This whimsical, fun, Candy Corn Swirled Fudge is easy to make and each batch is a delicious work of art!
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- ¾ cup butter
- ⅔ cup half and half
- 12 ounces white chocolate chips
- 1 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme
- 1 teaspoon candy corn oil or vanilla extract
- orange and yellow food coloring
- orange and yellow sprinkles
Line 9-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Spray pan with cooking spray and rub with a paper towel. Set aside. Also spray a small thin-bladed knife with cooking spray (a butter knife works well for this). Set aside.
Combine sugar, butter and half and half in a sauce pan (at least 3 quart-size) over medium heat until mixture comes to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly (don't mistake bubbling at the edges for a full boil). Cook for exactly 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Add white chocolate chips, cover and allow to sit for 2 minutes, then stir until all chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Add marshmallow creme and candy corn oil extract. Stir again until smooth and well mixed.
Pour approximately half of mixture into prepared pan. tilt to cover bottom, if needed. Sprinkle 6-8 drops of orange food coloring randomly over the surface of the fudge. Repeat with the yellow food coloring. Quickly pour the other half of the fudge mixture over the first layer. Again, sprinkle 6-8 drops each of orange and yellow food coloring randomly over the surface of the fudge.
Using the side of the prepared knife, run it back and forth through fudge, creating a swirled pattern. As you run the knife through the fudge, pull some up from the bottom to to created the swirled effect all the way through the fudge. Once you get a pretty swirly pattern stop. If you swirl too much the whole mixture will turn orange. Cool completely. Use foil handles to lift fudge from pan before cutting into squares.
See Café Tips above in post.
Chris, my husband Loves candy corn so I immediately went on Amazon to check on this special flavoring product. I'm seeing it listed for external use, not cooking. Have you had any concerns about using candy corn oil?
Kim, an avid follower
Chris Scheuer says
Hi Kim, it looks like the link I originally posted for candy corn oil has expired and is no longer available. I only seen one candy corn oil flavoring (for food) listed now but I have not personally tried it. https://amzn.to/3ChShUW
This looks great. I've never heard of candy corn oil, where do you get yours?
Chris Scheuer says
Hi Lisa! There's a link in the post for the candy corn oil.
Beautiful fall fudge idea, Chris! I love those little sprinkles too. Even though fall precedes the long months of winter, there are so many delicious and fun foods that I love about fall.
Robyn Gleason says
Love this video, Chris. It brought me back to the days when I was a kid in the kitchen with my grandmother - she made the best coconut vanilla fudge! Time to get busy and make some for the holidays and this would wow the crowds!
Christina Bagdazian says
I just discovered a fun snack made with candy corn and peanuts. Simply mix together in a bag or bowl for a treat that tastes like a Payday candy bar. Warning- it is addictive.
Chris Scheuer says
That sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing Christina!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
My husband loves candy corn AND fudge, so this one is a win-win Chris! Can't wait to make him some!
Oh, it's so pretty Chris!!!
Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers says
So fun and beautiful! What a fun treat for Fall 🙂
Tricia @ Saving room for dessert says
What a fun way to celebrate "candy corn season!" Love these colors and you make this look so easy. I bet it is delicious too 🙂
Oh my God, how beautiful is that!!! I have never even heard of candy corn or even tried marshmellows, but I would love some of this fudge, it looks so amazing!
Laura | Tutti Dolci says
Love those pretty swirls, what a fun treat!
Angie@Angie's Recipes says
They are so pretty! Love the colour and swirls.
Now this may be the BEST way to enjoy candy corn! What gorgeous swirled fudge! I know my family will approve.
Victoria Schwalbe says
I love candy corn, but only in the fall. Eating it any other time would be as wrong as eggnog on the 4th of July. So I must make this!!! And I will check out your other fudge recipes. One question....in the directions you mentioned red food coloring but it's not in the list of ingredients.
Love your recipes and your approach to food and cooking
Chris Scheuer says
Ha! I must have been a little out of it as I wrote that Victoria 🙂 Thanks for noticing that. There's no red food coloring in this recipe and I've amended the instructions.
Char R says
I love candy corn and this looks like such a fun way to eat it.
I have found such great recipes on your blog. Thank you! Char in IL.
Char in IL.
Chris Scheuer says
Thanks so much Char, so happy you've enjoyed The Café 🙂
sue | theviewfromgreatisland says
I'm not a big candy corn fan, but I'd devour this whole pan of fudge, it looks so good!
Chris Scheuer says
It's funny Sue, I've had friends try this who aren't big candy corn aficionados and they've LOVED this fudge 🙂