Candy Corn Ice Cream…yep, I went there

Fall is officially here and it’s October. How is it October? Pumpkins, colored leaves, HOCKEY, crisp air, large bags of individual sized candy…it’s all good. And of course, candy corn. I personally have a love/hate relationship with candy corn. I love it. But then I eat so much of it I get sick. And even when I get to the point of where I feel like a am going to throw up, I still keep eating it. I do this about three times and then I am done for the year for eating candy corn.
I’m not sure how this idea came to me. I was originally going to use Circus Peanuts and make an ice cream for my Penny Candy challenge but I figured given the time of year and the large bag of candy corn already sitting on my counter, I would do candy corn. So yes, I am counting this as my Top Chef Just Desserts Penny Candy challenge. I don’t care if it’s not really penny candy. These are my challenges and I will channel Seth and do them how I want, not how you are supposed to. :P Which speaking of that, I am deathly afraid of the wedding cake challenge.
This is about as simple as you can get. The hard part was that I wanted the flavor of the candy corn but without the hurt your mouth sweetness that candy corn tends to lend itself too. Luckily, in my opinion, I go that. To get that, no sugar was added to the ice cream. And no candy corn was either. Confused? Technically no candy corn was added in the mix in sense. I actually steeped the candy corn in cream and then let the candy corn basically disintegrate into the milk and cream overnight.
I had no idea how much I would love this stuff. I am not supposed to eat dairy and quite honestly I didn’t care while eating this. :) It only has three ingredients. Milk, cream, and candy corn. That’s it. No eggs. Nothing. But so creamy and with the slightest hint of candy corn. Mmm, too bad I can’t pass it out instead of candy.

Candy Corn Ice Cream

2 cups Heavy Cream

1 cup Whole Milk

13 ounces candy corn

Pour 1 cup of the cream into a medium saucepan and add the candy corn. Warm over medium heat, stirring, until you start to see the candy corn dissolve. Turn heat off and let cream come to room temperature. Add the remaining cream and milk.

Put into an air tight container and refrigerate overnight, at least 12 hours. When you can remember to, shake the container up to get the candy corn loose.

Remove from refrigerator and strain the milk/cream mixture through a sieve or really small strainer to catch the candy corn pieces that did not disintegrate.

Freeze in your ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Top with extra candy corn if you would like.

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  1. OMG, candy corn is literally my favorite candy ever and the other day, when I was at Yogurtland, I kept wishing they’d make a candy corn flavor for this time of year. this is a sign!

  2. Wow, I am super excited to make this. Looks like it’ll be about the same color as the cantaloupe ice cream in the freezer. That’ll be amusingly confusing!

  3. That looks incredible, BUT…I won’t be able to stop thinking about circus peanut ice cream! I thought I was the only person alive who really likes them!

  4. This is reason enough to go buy an ice cream maker..

  5. I might just have to make this for my little boy’s third birthday. He loves candy corn, so this would be perfect:)

  6. sarah lynch says:

    Yum!!!! I have never had candy corn ice cream, but I would sure love to try it!

  7. I love candy corn! Can’t wait to try this!

  8. this is amazing!!!

  9. Beautiful color! I love the idea of candy corn ice cream.

  10. I swear to god you would have made the BEST Top Chef: Desserts competitor! This is amazing! I do the same thing with candy corn just about every year. Once for every flavor variety.

  11. I’ve never had candy corn but that ice cream sure looks good!



  12. Oh my. the kid in me, childhood and grown up, is screaming with joy over this ice cream! amazing!!!

  13. Well I’m pro candy corn so I know I would LOVE this :)

  14. I’ve never liked candy corn [don’t throw things at me!], but my husband loves it, so perhaps I’ll make this for him.

  15. Whooooooooooooa!

    Ice cream? Candy corn?! I think I might have just *died*.

  16. I *love* candy corn but I totally know what you mean about the eat-too-much-and-it-hurts-your-teeth thing, and I think that’s why my husband hates it. So maybe he’s actually like this! I am having a hard time imagining the taste of candy corn in ice cream so I might have to try this :)

  17. i have heard of sweet corn ice cream and not candy corn. Im intrigued enough to try some though! send some my way! :D

  18. You’re so genius! I would have tried to chop it all up and add it in. Steeping the flavor was a great idea. Fun Halloween recipe :)

  19. I’ll admit I don’t like candy corn AT ALL, but this looks intersting enough for me to like it! Thanks! My friends would love this kind of ice cream!


  20. I am absolutely in love with the idea of this ice cream and can’t wait to make it!!

  21. You did it again! I am not a huge fan of the candy, but I can never turn down ice cream:)

  22. OMG my kids would love this! I am so glad you stopped by my site so I could find yours!

  23. This is so simple and brilliant! The texture of candy corn is my favorite thing about it, so I think it would be fun to add it as a mix-in (maybe chopped up). :)

  24. I love the color this turned. So easy, too. And no eggs? Wonderful!

  25. You went there, you really went there. This ice cream is genius! I cannot believe it is only 3 ingredients & that you steeped those candy corn in the cream. Amazing!!

  26. Oh my heavens! Wow…amazing! I think this is officially the best Halloween ice cream flavor. And genius on steeping the candy corns into the ice cream. Again, amazing!

  27. I soon as I saw “candy corn”, I high-tailed it here! What yummy looking ice cream!

  28. OMG. Halloween ice cream! :)

    And I think candy corn is gross. Never did like it….but your ice cream indulges without cloying. Never could resist ice cream.

    I confess I truly enjoyed the penny candy challenge on Top Chef Desserts. A few of them were really creative; you would have won handily!

  29. I definitely have to make this…I don’t care if it’s in the 40’s outside…this is too good to wait until it’s warmer.

    This looks wonderful…I sense calories coming my way just by looking at it.

  30. A perfect flavor and a beautiful color!

  31. Wow! Amazing idea! I love ice cream recipes that don’t have eggs in them… they’re so easy. I’ll definitely be making this soon!

  32. Interesting….’candy corn’ clearly means totally in the States and the UK! Can you recommend a particular brand/name of candy corn so I can try and track some down?! This recipe sounds like something my sweet-toothed honey would just luuurve!

  33. **oops, I meant to say “clearly means totally DIFFERENT THINGS in the States and UK” !!

  34. Brach’s is the brand most people like the best.

  35. OMG!!! (And, really, I don’t say that often)

    This is brilliant! I’m strange when it comes to candy; don’t eat much and can’t even eat chocolate, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE candy corn!! I don’t know what it is that makes it so addicting, but I’m like you, I’ll eat so much that I make myself sick!

    Gorgeous photos! It looks like orange sherbet, which is my favorite, but even better because it’s candy corn ice cream.

  36. I’m speechless. This is the most creative dessert I’ve seen in a long time!

  37. :O amazing, can’t wait to try it! :)

  38. This looks amazing! I love candy corn!

  39. I recently put a hurtin’ on some Candy Corn Gelato, and it was OMG good. I can’t WAIT to use this recipe to make this ice cream! I might even do it with the caramel candy corn, which is my favorite.

  40. I detest candy corn BUT I think your method of making the ice cream was brilliant! My kids would love this, I’d better hide this blog ;)

  41. Yum yum YUM! This is one of your greatest ideas yet!! :)

  42. Damn you! Now I have to run out and get candy corn immediately! I love the color of this ice cream! It’s such a delicate melon. I too have a love/hate thing going on with candy corn, but right now we are in the love phase, but probably after eating some and then this ice cream well we might not be on speaking terms for another year!

  43. P.S.
    I am so loving your blog! I just stumbled upon it via food porn and have already bookmarked at least a dozen recipes! Cheers!

  44. You make it look good, but quite honestly, even the thought of candy corn makes me feel a little nauseous…

  45. You are one smart girl! I would have never thought of creating this but it’s an amazing idea.

  46. What kind of ice cream maker do you use? I know it doesn’t matter … I’m just curious.

  47. my husband thanks you 10x over!

  48. Alessandra says:

    Do you know how many servings this recipe will make?

    I’m so, so, so, so excited.

  49. About a pint.

  50. Cuisinart.


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