Does anyone actually eat candy corn, or is it just for crafts and DIY projects? Whatever people do with candy corn, they do a lot of it: According to the National Confectioners Association, more than 35 million pounds of candy corn are sold annually. That’s a lot of kernels…so plug in those glue guns and get crafty!
Here is a Halloween decor idea and two candy-corn-inspired beverages for young and old ghouls and goblins alike.
Fresh flower candy corn centerpiece
The simple geometric shape of this candy corn creation makes this a very easy DIY. And carnations are available naturally in all three colors, so no spray painting is necessary.
What you need
- Floral foam
- Carnations (12 orange, 14 yellow, 10 white)
- Choose a floral foam to use. (I opted for the sculpting sheet with the styrofoam back, as I wanted the candy corn arrangement to be a substantial size, and the styrofoam back gives the foam more support.)
- Make a template using a piece of copy paper, and cut out your candy corn shape from the larger piece of foam.
- Drop the foam into a sink filled with water. As the foam absorbs the water, it will slowly fall to the bottom of the sink. Remove and place it standing upright on a plate with a small rim.
- While the foam soaks, prepare your flowers by cutting the stems to about 2 inches long using a sharp cutting shears and cutting on an angle. (The number of carnations in the supply list is for an arrangement that is approximately 11″ x 8.5”. This is a one-sided arrangement and should be placed in a location where it will be viewed from one side only.)
- Starting at the bottom, insert two rows of yellow carnations.
- Then add two rows of orange carnations.
- Finish the top off with the white carnations. Now, your candy corn creation is complete!
Candy corn beverages
These adorable candy corn soda pops couldn’t be easier to make. Put a few pieces of cut-up pineapple in a small mason jar, fill the jar to the top with orange soda, and finish with whipped cream and a few pieces of candy corn.
For something with a little more kick, go with a candy corn cocktail served in a martini glass.
Candy Corn Cocktail
- 1-1/2 ounce whipped cream vodka
- 3 ounce sour mix
- 2 ounce pineapple juice
- ½ ounce grenadine
- Whipped cream (for topping)
- Combine vodka, sour mix, and pineapple juice in shaker with ice, and shake well.
- Pour mixture into a martini glass.
- Slowly pour grenadine into mix so it settles to the bottom.
- Top with whipped cream.
- Optional: Garnish with coordinating sprinkles.