Cooking Column: Candy Corn Creations

Candy Corn Brownies

Laura Mucha and Jacqueline Stern

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and Frank is trying and miserably failing to make apple crumble. It is officially fall. While we are far past the days of trick-or-treating, Halloween is a holiday devoted almost entirely to food. Whether it was mom’s pumpkin seeds or dad’s marshmallow dip, this time of year brings warm memories to our minds and palates. We thought it would be fitting to provide you all with some autumnal recipes reminiscent of treats from elementary school.

Brownies:

While it is difficult to get all the ingredients together, this brownie recipe is a winner. However, if you are in a pinch or in a dorm, a boxed mix will do.

Ingredients:

4 ounces unsweetened Baker’s Chocolate

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)

4 eggs

2 cups of sugar

1 cup of flour (sifted)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Candy corn and chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions:

1. Melt chocolate and butter on low heat until melted and set mixture aside to cool.=

2. Mix four eggs with a mixer until foamy (about 30 seconds on medium speed)

3. Add sugar to the eggs and beat for 2-3 minutes on high speed

4. Pour the cooled melted chocolate/butter mixture into the sugar/eggs and blend

5. Add flour and vanilla and blend 

6. Pour in chocolate chips if wanted

7. Put into a 9×13 inch buttered or sprayed pan to cook for 28-34* minutes at 325º F

8. Add some candy corn!

*28 minutes will make the brownies fudgy, while 34 minutes will make them cake-y.

Popcorn Balls:

Your orthodontist might have told you to stay away from these sticky and chewy snacks, but those braces are long gone. It’s time to indulge in these surprisingly delicious treats. They are easy to make with a microwave, but if you don’t have access to one, you can always ask a friend.

Ingredients:

1 bag of popcorn

20 marshmallows

1 stick of unsalted butter

Candy corn

Instructions:

1. Make as many bags of popcorn as desired in a microwave, keeping the ratio between

popcorn and marshmallows in mind

2. Partially melt half a stick of butter in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between

3. Add a quarter of the bag of marshmallows to the butter mixture and microwave for 20

seconds at a time, stirring in between until marshmallows are completely melted

4. Do the same thing with the other half of the butter and another quarter of the bag of

marshmallows (melting the butter first, then adding the marshmallows and melting them)

5. Pour the marshmallow/butter mixture into the bag of popcorn and mix

6. Add candy corn and form into small balls