Homemade Candy Corn
You probably have better things to do than make candy corn from scratch, but think about how much fun it'd be to say, "hey, I made candy corn from scratch today!" Last year, our own Jessie Oleson, aka Cakespy, was up for the challenge and discovered that making the tricolored treats was actually pretty simple. "Once you've tasted them, you may never buy candy corn by the bag again," she said of the large, plump, real-vanilla-redolent kernels.
Zombie Graveyard Cake
This is just about the tastiest graveyard you'll ever come across. Starting with a generous amount of grass green-tinted frosting, the cake is then lined with cookie crumbles to resemble the residual grave-escape dirt, dotted with cookie "graves", and decorated with zombie cutout cake picks (printable illustrations to cut out can be found here) to form a delightful dessert that is creepy and cute all at once.
Monster Spicy Brittle Candy Bar
A monster-sized, cocktail nut-and-apple encrusted, spicy, brittle-based, chocolate-covered, and caramel corn and pepita-sprinkled candy bar. Make an appointment with your (sexy) dentist 'cause you'll need a cavity search after you sink your fangs into this wicked good slab.
Mellowcreme Pumpkin Cake
Made using a pumpkin cake generously coated in tinted cream cheese frosting, this is a highly delicious homage to a second-banana Halloween sweet.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
The base of this ice cream is a creamy peanut butter, kissed with enough salt to recall the candy original. It gets real peanut butter cups strewn in, of course—just keep them frozen once you chop them up to keep them from softening your ice cream. To make things really interesting, and to give this ice cream that extra umph it needs to propel you into your county's Halloween dessert hall of fame, there's a deep, dark fudge swirl that's way more rich than actual Reese's chocolate, and a far more satisfying chocolate experience.
These spooky cupcakes have a deep cocoa base and marshmallow frosting.
Candy Corn Kaleidoscope Cookies
Lightly crumbly, very buttery, and extremely crowd-pleasing, these cookies are a totally sweet tricked-out treat.
Cinnamon-Sugar Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Don't let the byproducts of all your pumpkin carving go to waste! Toss the seeds with some cinnamon sugar and roast them up for a sweet treat.
Candy Corn Popcorn Balls
These sweet marshmallow-based popcorn balls work beautifully when studded with candy corn; adding an extra shake of salt makes for a sweet, salty, crunchy, crispy, sticky, and overall pretty irresistible fall treat.
Better Than Snickers Ice Cream
A peanut butter base, when dosed with just enough vanilla and salt, can taste a hell of a lot like the nougat in a Snickers bar. Stir in some chopped dark chocolate, peanuts, and a swirl of smoky caramel for a crazy-delicious ice cream that'll replicate—and elevate—the beloved candy bar. Guests of mine have gone crazy for this stuff.
Candy Corn Upside-Down Cake
In this recipe, the brown sugar and butter topping fuses with the melted candy corn to form some sort of unholy, monstrous Halloween caramel-sugar topping, which drips back into the cake when inverted. The result? The entire buttery cake tastes like it has been basted in candy corn. And if you're a candy corn lover, that might just be a beautiful thing.
Cake Baked In A Pumpkin
The moisture of the pumpkin yields a cake that had a texture something like a baked pudding—very dense and flavorful. To keep things from getting too pumpkin-heavy, we like this recipe with carrot cake; the flavors and spices work beautifully with the pumpkin scent and flavor. It's even better when generously frosted and served with ice cream.
Candy Corn Muffins
For those moments when the slightly gritty texture and light sweetness of a corn muffin strike you as entirely too healthy and simply won't satisfy your sweet tooth, go for the candy gold with these muffins.