With Halloween right around the corner, Americans will purchase 600 million pounds of candy. The most popular candy bought during the Halloween season is my personal favorite Candy Corn. Candy Corn is the most divisive candy there is -you either LOVE it or HATE it! I have always loved it and its many iterations, but after watching an old episode of Good Eats I found out what it was made of. Here are some Halloween treats (and one trick) you can make at home.
This Food Finances Friday Feature is another guest post by my husband. He loves candy corn, but I hate it! Hmm, maybe this is why I’m a chocolate lover instead.
Commercial Candy Corn is made up of sugar, corn syrup, carnauba WAX (to make it shiny, it’s also the main ingredient in surfboard wax), and artificial coloring and binders. No wonder many people dislike the cloying sweetness, waxy texture and flavor.
(Note from The Debt Shrink: I may be anti-candy corn, but I’m definitely pro-surfer. I added this pic after my husband wrote his post)
Alton Brown has a very simple and easy recipe for homemade Candy Corn and it is worth it! With confectioners sugar, non-fat dry milk, kosher salt, granulated sugar, light corn syrup, water, butter, vanilla extract, and coloring you can make it at home and I didn’t see WAX anywhere in those ingredients!
Another reason to make your own treats this year is the fact that many treats that are popular on Halloween contain a crazy amount of ingredients. Kit Kats, Milky Way, Nerds, Whoppers, Skittles, Butterfinger, and Twizzlers all contain more than 15 ingredients. A Butterfinger bar has 19!
Here are ways to make your own chocolate bars just the way you like them.
If you have a love for sour candies like I do this next bit of info is alarming. Sour candy can have a pH on the same level as battery acid! Needless to say that is very bad for your teeth.
Store bought gummies also contain preservatives. Not to mention that gelatin contains animal by-products. See here for a recipe you can easily make at home (vegetarians can substitute agar powder for gelatin).
Another of Alton Brown’s Halloween recipes I am definitely going to try is his Atomic Candy Apples. Alton mixes two of my favorites into one glorious treat. The Atomic Fireball and Candy Apples.
For those not familiar with the Atomic Fireball, it is a cinnamon jawbreaker that truly lives up to it’s atomic name. With the addition of cayenne pepper and cinnamon oil into the candy coating shell, it will give the very innocent looking candy apple a little kick or should I say trick for the unsuspecting victim.