Monday, October 24, 2011

Top Seller Halloween Candy

The best selling Halloween candy may not be what you think. I am sure you want to guess something chocolate but candy corn comes in as the top seller. Nearly 8.3 billion candy corn kernels are sold every year. 80% of which are sold during the months of September and October. Candy corn history dates back to the 1880's when the Philadelphia based Wunderlee Candy Company invented and manufactured this popular treat. In 1900 the Goelitz Candy Company, which later became the Jelly Belly Candy Company started making these candies and continues today. There are a variety of recipes found on line that use candy corn as an ingredient. The following link shows step by step directions to making candy corn cookies.
The turkey and owl cookie photos posted are easy and fun seasonal recipes.
Candy Corn Turkeys
published in Quick Cooking November/December 2004 p. 17
  • 40 fudge stripped cookies
  • 1/4 cup chocolate frosting
  • 2 packages of chocolate covered cherries can substitute Rollo caramel candy or chocolate donut holes
  • 20 pieces of candy corn
  • Place 20 cookies on a flat surface, solid chocolate side down
  • With frosting attach a chocolate(covered cherry/Rollo. donut hole) to the top of each base cookie
  • Position another cookie perpendicular to each base cookie, attach with frosting
  • With frosting attach one piece of candy corn to the front of the chocolate
  • Let stand till set (I found putting in refrigerator for awhile helps)
Owl Cookies
These cookies can also be made with your favorite peanut butter cookie recipe.
  • 1 tube refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 18 yellow candy coating disks
  • 18 semisweet chocolate chips
  • 9 pieces candy corn
  • canned frosting
  • In a large bowl beat cookie dough and flour till combined
  • Set aside 4 -1/2 tsp. of dough for ears
  • Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls into nine mounds
  • 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet
  • Coat the bottom of a glass with cooking spray
  • Flatten dough with glass to about 1/8 inch thickness
  • Position two candy coating disks on each cookie for eyes
  • Place a chocolate chip on each disk
  • Use 1/4 tsp. of reserved dough to shape each ear-position on top of head
  • Bake @ 350 8- 10minutes
  • Immediately position candy corn on each cookie for beak
  • Cool 2 minutes before removing
Makes 9 cookies
Note: These were the original directions but I had more success with the following
immediately after taking cookies out of oven press candy disks into cookie for eyes and using a little frosting to attach chocolate chip to disk

Click on owl cookie photo for full screen

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