How to Make Candy Corn Syrup for Cocktails & Desserts

How to Make Candy Corn Syrup for Cocktails & Desserts

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If there's one candy that immediately evokes thoughts of pumpkins, Halloween, and tricker treating it's candy corn. It's a candy that has become synonymous with Halloween, and we admit to being addicted to popping a handful or two each day during the month of October. But what if there was a way to enjoy the color and taste of candy corn on everything you eat and drink? Fear not, that's where creating a candy corn syrup comes in.

It couldn't be easier to make syrup out of candy corn, but there are a few things you need to know that we'll get into below. So read on, witches, and get ready to drizzle candy corn syrup over your desserts, coffee and cocktails this Halloween.

Drizzling Candy Corn on Halloween Cocktail

The Key to Candy Corn Simple Syrup is Adding Water

Yes, it's that simple, but also that crucial. Using water in this recipe is the difference between spending an hour chipping off melted candy corn from your pans, and a hassle-free syrup ready to be poured onto any Halloween cocktail.


1 cup candy corn

3/4 cup water


  1. In a pan, combine the candy corn and water.
  2. Cook over medium head until all the candy corn is dissolved.
  3. Continue to cook for another 5-10 minutes so some of the water evaporates off and the liquid takes on more of a syrupy texture.
  4. Pour into a glass or Tupperware, and cool in the fridge for an hour.

We used Brach's candy corn (Amazon), but any brand should work. Just remember, whatever volume of candy corn you're using to combine with 3/4 of that volume of water.

Candy corn in pan

Once the candy corn is dissolved, the syrup will take on the bright orange hue we're looking for.

Candy Corn Syrup Melted in Pan

Allow this to continue simmering over medium height for another 5-10 minutes so it becomes a thicker syrup.

Candy Corn Syrup Bubbling

We chose to mix our finished candy corn syrup into a candy corn cocktail (full recipe here), and drizzle over the top for a spooky Halloween cocktail.

Candy Corn Halloween Cocktail

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